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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.

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

Road Border Entry Requirements

Victoria has been declared a Low Transmission Zone

All Commercial Transport and Freight Service operators into South Australia are still required to complete a cross border registration form at least 72 hours prior to arrival. Those who completed Essential Traveller cross border registrations are NOT required to update their cross border status and can still travel on their current approvals.


Commercial Transport & Freight Service operators are no longer required to have a COVID-19 test before entering SA if arriving from a low community transmission zone.


There is no requirement to self-quarantine while waiting for test results; unless displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

Maritime Crew - Requirements Updated

The Direction notes some changes for Maritime crew arriving into South Australia from overseas. Cross Border Travel Direction No 20, Clauses 7 and 8 define the requirements. Maritime crew are deemed not to arrive if they do not disembark the vessel. A crew member who has been on a vessel within the preceding 14 days, with no one else embarking, is cleared to disembark providing they submit to a COVID-19 test within 48 hours with a negative result and is cleared to disembark by a Human Biosecurity Officer for SA. If the conditions noted cannot be met either through arrival on a vessel, or an aircraft, the crew member must reside and remain, quarantined and segregated from others, at a location determined by an Authorised Officer for a 14-day period starting at the time of their arrival. No person may embark a vessel that has arrived in SA before it is cleared by a Human Biosecurity Officer without wearing PPE as approved by the Department of Health and Wellbeing.

Fact Sheets have been provided to detail;

Medicare Rebate for Freight Operators

The Australian Government announced a $2 billion extension in funding for Medicare-subsidised telehealth and pathology services for a further six months, to 31 March 2021. This includes an extension to the Medicare rebate for asymptomatic testing of freight operators at private COVID‑19 testing clinics. The Medicare item has been expanded to include testing of rail crew.

The 18 September 2020, update of the Medicare Benefits Scheme is available at:

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