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COVID-19 SA Border Information for Essential Travellers

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This page is intended to provide information specific to the transport industry, particularly cross-border Service operators, with regards to South Australian declarations and requirements.

It contains links for further information and will be monitored to respond to your questions and feedback.

CURRENT DIRECTION details:

Arrivals—General Direction #2

This direction may be cited as the Emergency Management (Arrivals) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

It came into effect at 4:08 am 20 December 2021 and revokes the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel - General ) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

Arrivals – Associated Direction #14

This direction may be cited as the Emergency Management (Arrivals—Associated Direction No 12) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

It came into effect at 3:12 pm 14 January 2022

The key change to the Direction:

  • Despite any other clause in this associated direction, a person (other than a domestic violence arrival) who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must not enter South Australia until the period for which they would have been required to isolate if in South Australia has elapsed.

Important Information regarding Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements 

Exposure site, Contacts and Diagnosis Direction #4

Permissions for close contacts to return to work

Use of PCR  Test Directions

Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

Important Vaccination Information -

All Essential Travellers are permitted to enter South Australia.

Essential Travellers include:

  • National and state security and governance
  • Specialist workers in essential sectors
  • Seasonal workers
  • Remote or isolated workers
  • Commercial transport and freight workers

Vaccination options

Walk-in appointments are available at the below dedicated commercial transport and freight worker COVID-19 vaccination site.

  • Tailem Bend COVID-19 vaccination clinic (7.00 am to 11.00 pm, 7 days)
    8786 Princes Highway, Tailem Bend

Walk-in appointments are also available for commercial transport and freight workers at the below SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Proof of employment to demonstrate eligibility, as well as evidence of the most recent negative COVID-19 test result is required.

More information

More information on heavy vehicle driver fatigue requirements is available on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website.


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