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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 Essential Travellers, 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.

You need to apply online and provide sufficient evidence in your cross border travel registration form to allow a decision on Essential Traveller status to be made. Evidence in the application includes a letter from employer stating the duties required to be undertaken and details of the locations, ABN number and includes the employees name and address.

Testing Requirements for NSW and VIC Drivers

The SA Government is working to ensure that suitable testing facilities are available to meet the needs of the transport industry.  Commercial transport and freight services Essential Travellers must get tested within 24 hrs of entry to SA UNLESS they have proof of a test within the last 7 days.  Police Officers at the border will note whether evidence of a test was sighted or a direction to obtain a test is given.

You must produce evidence of having a COVID-19 test, or a COVID-19 test result, that is not more than seven days old, upon request from an Authorised Officer (eg SA Police Officer).

Testing Facilities

You can use the referral form you received at the border to attend a drive-through testing clinic.


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

There are no restrictions on travellers who have completed cross border registration from low community transmission zones such as ACT, NT, QLD, WA and TAS provided that they have not been any other place than the low community transmission zone in the last 14 days.

Maritime Crew Essential Travellers (MCET)

Information for maritime industry and crews can be found  below.  Fact Sheets have been provided to detail;

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