Vaccinations

From 12:01 am on 11 October 2021, all essential travellers aged 18 and above (other than Cross Border Community Members who are ordinarily resident in the Victorian cross border corridor and Commercial Transport and Freight Workers arriving by means other than by road) arriving from the ACT, NSW and Victoria must produce evidence of having received at least 1 dose of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to be permitted to enter South Australia.

From 12:01am on 7 October 2021, all Commercial Transport and Freight Workers arriving by road from the ACT, NSW and Victoria must produce evidence of having received at least 1 dose of a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to be permitted to enter South Australia.

A person who is unable to produce the evidence may only enter South Australia with an exemption from the Department for Health and Wellbeing.

This requirement also does not apply if:

  • the person has a medical exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • the person is pregnant.

Testing requirements

All essential travellers arriving from the ACT, NSW or Victoria (apart from people who are ordinarily resident in the Victorian cross border corridor and essential travellers who are commercial transport and freight workers or emergency services workers) must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before their arrival in South Australia or must be tested immediately upon arrival as directed by an authorised officer.

Victorian Cross Border Community members and Emergency Services workers are:

  • not required to submit to COVID-19 testing provided they comply with the clauses in the current Cross Border Travel General and Associated Directions.

Commercial Transport and Freight workers (CTFW) are:

  • people who, in the conduct of their duties, are involved in the provision of transport or freight services by road or rail on a commercial basis, including support workers whose entry into the State is essential to the supply chain but who are not travelling in a heavy vehicle or train (This includes those workers carrying out repairs or repositioning empty trailers and prime movers to carry freight, and rail track workers); and
  • people who provide commercial transport or freight services (including any crew on those services) by other means (air, sea etc).

Arriving from a:

CTFW – arrival by air

CTFW – arrival by road and rail (National protocol exists)

CTFW – arrival by any other means

Restricted zone (NSW, ACT, VIC)

Evidence of a negative COVID -19 test within 72 hrs prior to arrival or must be tested within 12 hours of entering the state.

Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in the 72 hours before entering South Australia, or will be directed to undertake a point-of-care antigen based test and/or a COVID-19 test within 12 hours of entering the State of SA.

Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hrs prior to arrival or must be tested within 24 hours of entering the state.

Unrestricted zone

Nil

Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days prior to arrival

Evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days prior to arrival.

Note: Air crew who enter the airport terminal and therefore are ‘landside’ are required to show evidence of a COVID-19 test in the 72 hours before entering South Australia, or must be tested within 12 hours of entering the state.

Air crew who remain ‘airside’ and do not enter the terminal are not required to be processed by SA Police.

Category 1 essential travellers

1 National and State security and governance

People (other than a person who is ordinarily resident in a restricted zone) who, in the conduct of their role in relation to the protection of Australia or South Australia from threats such as terrorism, war, espionage, or acts of foreign interference is required to be physically present in South Australia for that purpose and who has the written approval of their manager (being of an executive level or higher) or an officer of a military or defence organisation.

Active military and Defence Department personnel (including civilian staff and private contractors) and personnel required to support time-critical national security and defence activities (other than such persons who are ordinarily resident in a restricted zone) who are required to be physically present in South Australia in the conduct of their duties and:

  • whose organisation must have undertaken risk mitigation strategies; and
  • the traveller must have the written approval of their manager (being of an executive level or higher) or an officer of a military or defence organisation.

Note: Evidence of an approval is required.

2 Emergency services workers

Includes fire fighters, paramedics, ambulance officers, medical retrieval personnel, police officers and State Emergency Service officers) who are required, in the conduct of their duties, to travel across a South Australian border to attend, or respond to, an emergency are declared to be essential travellers for the purpose of performing those duties.

3 Commercial transport and freight services

People who provide transport or freight services into, within and out of South Australia (including any crew on such transport or freight services) on a commercial basis and are required to be physically present in South Australia for such purposes

4 Remote or isolated workers who travel to restricted zone locations

People (other than those ordinarily resident in a restricted zone) who travel for work purposes to locations in a restricted zone that are remote or geographically isolated for regular periods according to established work schedules.

People (other than those ordinarily resident in a restricted zone) who travel for work purposes to locations in a restricted zone that are remote or geographically isolated where—

  • their employer is applying risk mitigation strategies during periods of work in accordance with a risk mitigation plan (which must comply with any guidelines issued by the Chief Public Health Officer or a Deputy Chief Public Health Officer and be produced on request by an authorised officer); and
  • the person is a specialist required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations, or maintenance or repair of critical infrastructure in the mining, oil, gas and energy sectors.

Note: Remote or isolated workers will be placed at Level 6 (prohibited from entering South Australia) if arriving from one of the restricted zones: NSW, Victoria, ACT.

These Essential Travellers can apply to SA Health for an exemption if they need to travel to South Australia.

Note: Existing Cross Border Travel Registration approvals for will be maintained for Specialist workers in essential sectors and Remote or isolated workers.

5 Cross border community members

People who are ordinarily resident in South Australia or in the New South Wales cross border corridor and who have reasonable cause to travel across the border for any purpose, provided the person remains in the cross border corridor while not in South Australia.

People who are ordinarily resident in South Australia or in the Victorian cross border corridor and who have reasonable cause to travel across the border for any purpose, provided that the person—

  • remains in the cross border corridor while not in South Australia; and
  • has not, during the period of 14 days before entering South Australia from the Victorian cross border corridor, been associating (in person) with persons from a restricted zone outside of the cross border corridor.

Category 2 essential travellers

6 National and State security and governance—restricted zone residents

  • People who in the conduct of their role in relation to the protection of Australia or South Australia from threats such as terrorism, war, espionage, or acts of foreign interference is required to be physically present in South Australia for that purpose; and has the written approval of their manager (being of an executive level or higher) or an officer of a military or defence organisation.
  • Active military and Defence Department personnel (including civilian staff and private contractors) and personnel required to support time-critical national security and defence activities:
    • who are ordinarily resident in a restricted zone; and
    • who are required to be physically present in South Australia in the conduct of their duties; and
    • whose organisation has undergone risk mitigation strategies; and
    • who have the written approval of their manager (being of an executive level or higher) or an officer of a military or defence organisation.

7 Specialist workers in essential sectors

Individual specialist workers required for the purposes of maintaining operations in an essential sector if their employer is applying risk mitigation strategies during periods of work in accordance with a risk mitigation plan (which must comply with any guidelines issued by the Chief Public Health Officer or a Deputy Chief Public Health Officer and be produced on request by an authorised officer) and Seasonal workers (such as forestry workers, fruit pickers or shearers).

Note: Specialist workers in essential sectors will be placed at Level 6 (prohibited from entering South Australia) if arriving from one of the restricted zones: NSW, Victoria, ACT.

These Essential Travellers can apply to SA Health for an exemption if they need to travel to South Australia.

Note: Existing Cross Border Travel Registration approvals for will be maintained for Specialist workers in essential sectors and Remote or isolated workers.

8 Commercial transport and freight services—restricted zone residents

People who:

  • are ordinarily resident in a restricted zone; and
  • in the conduct of their duties, provide transport or freight services into, within and out of South Australia (including any crew on such transport or freight services) on a commercial basis; and
  • and are required to be physically present in South Australia for such purposes.

9 Remote or isolated workers—restricted zone residents

People who are ordinarily resident in a restricted zone and who enter South Australia for work purposes at locations that are remote or geographically isolated for regular periods according to established work schedules.

People who are ordinarily resident in a restricted zone and who enter South Australia for work purposes at locations that are remote or geographically isolated where:

  • their employer is applying risk mitigation strategies during periods of work in accordance with a risk mitigation plan (which must comply with any guidelines issued by the Chief Public Health Officer or a Deputy Chief Public Health Officer and be produced on request by an authorised officer); and
  • the person is a specialist required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations, or maintenance or repair of critical infrastructure in the mining, oil, gas and energy sectors.

10 Passing through

A person who is passing through the State by the most direct and practical route and means, if the person:

  • has permission (if relevant) to enter the State or Territory that they are passing through South Australia to enter; and
  • does not remain in South Australia for more than 72 hours; and
  • does not remain overnight or for periods longer than 1 hour in the townships of Coober Pedy, Ceduna or Port Augusta other than to obtain take away food, groceries, petrol or other fuel, or supplies; and
  • avoids any non-essential contact with people in South Australia other than to obtain food, petrol or other fuel, or supplies.

Note— Evidence of a permission to enter another State or Territory under this clause is required (if relevant)

11 Foreign diplomatic or consular staff

Foreign diplomatic or consular staff (including Honorary consular staff) accredited by the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade travelling to South Australia to perform official duties.