South Australia, SA

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11:40 AM

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If you are travelling into South Australia, by road or via the Adelaide airport, you need to complete the cross border pre-approval form at least 72 hours prior to your arrival.

The process will speed up the border crossing process and provide certainty for you about any restrictions that may apply before reaching the border.  Start your online application here:

Essential traveller status

Once your application has been processed you will receive an email with:

  1. A pre-approval receipt number that you will need to take with you to the border.
  2. An assessment with ‘single status’ or ‘ongoing status’ approval to determine whether you are:
  • able to travel without restriction (including people arriving directly from NT, QLD, TAS and WA)
  • an essential traveller, with or without self-quarantine restrictions
  • required to self-quarantine on arrival for 14 days.

If you are unable to complete the online application you can still proceed to the border and a police officer will assist.  The border process will be significantly faster if your details have been entered before you arrive and an assessment has been made.  

At the border

There are checkpoints at roads leading into South Australia from New South Wales and Victoria, and at Adelaide airport.

No travellers will be turned away. All people travelling to South Australia can enter, it is only the circumstances and restrictions applying to the traveller that differ.

At the South Australian checkpoint you will need photo id and if you:

  • already have an essential traveller status under the cross border community member category provide the police officer with your existing approval notice, or
  • already have your online pre-approval receipt number provide this to the police officer, or
  • have completed the online pre-approval form but not received your pre-approval receipt number tell the police officer so that they can verify your online form and issue you with an ‘interim status’ assessment, or
  • haven’t filled out the online form the police officer will complete the online form with you and issue you with an ‘interim status’ assessment.

All traveller arrivals will be registered on police systems to allow compliance checking of self-quarantine requirements if required.


Extra Helpful Documents

Word document for employee crossing the border:   (download here)  
Schedule 2 to support letter and refer to 2(1)  (download here).
Records of close contact form   (download here)  
The essential traveller must record the time and location of the contact, as well as the name and contact details of each other person (if known). These records must be kept for 28 days after the initial 14-day recording period.

We have confirmed that all states have agreed that agriculture and suppliers of essential services to agriculture will be categorised as essential services.


National Coronavirus Helpline Phone Number: 1800 020 080