Updates for Essential Travellers to Enter South Australia
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.
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.
Industry enters South Australia as an Essential Worker Under, Category 2 – Point 7 Specialist workers in essential sectors which is:
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.
Steps to apply for exemptions from ACT, NSW, VIC:
Employers must submit a COVID-19 workplace risk mitigation - prior to the employee applying through SA Police. See details here.
This must be emailed to Health.COVID19RiskMitigation@sa.gov.au and it take up to 10 days to be assessed.
Essential Travellers must apply to SA Health for an exemption before applying to SA Police.
After you have received responses from step 2 & 3, you can apply for apply to enter South Australia through SA police.
Cross Border Community Information
New South Wales
From 12:16pm on 14 August 2021, the New South Wales Cross Border corridor is suspended, and therefore travellers New South Wales Cross Border corridor are prohibited from entering South Australia with the exception of Essential Travellers and people genuinely relocating and people escaping domestic violence.
Essential Travellers and will be subject to Level 4 requirements:
- COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
- Self-quarantine for 14 days (from the day of arrival).
- Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.
The Victorian Cross border corridor has been extended to the area 70 km either side of the border between South Australia and Victoria.
Permitted purposes for travel are:
- Employment or education
- Providing care and support to or receiving care from another person or obtaining food, petrol or other fuel or medical care or supplies
- Obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination
- Recreational or competitive sport
Note: A person must not have (during the period of 14 days before entering South Australia) been in a restricted zone outside of the Victorian cross border corridor or been associating (in person) with persons from a restricted zone outside the relevant cross border corridors.
Emergency medical care means emergency surgery, procedures, medical and allied health consultations and medical consulting undertaken for the investigation, diagnosis and management of conditions where failure to do so expediently and safely will lead to the following outcomes:
- loss of life; or
- loss of limb;
- permanent disability.
A South Australian resident who travels further than the Cross Border Corridor into a restricted zone is not permitted to return unless they are a person escaping domestic violence with Level 5 requirements or have an exemption from SA Health.
If you are a Cross Border Community Member who travels further than the Cross Border Corridor into Victoria you are:
- Not permitted to enter SA.
- Cross Border Community Members (and one carer) are permitted to travel to SA including beyond the cross border corridor solely for emergency health care for the management of conditions where the failure to so quickly and safely will lead to loss of life, loss of limb and permanent disability.
- People can apply to SA Health for an exemption and must receive approval from SA Health before travel.
Additional Industry Templates are below:
It is possible to obtain a ‘many use pass’, but there are some strict criteria to get it.
The Essential worker will need to submit their risk mitigation plan (RMP) for approval before applying for a border pass. In the RMP cover off all of the requested parts and stipulate that you will need to visit X number of times over a X week period making sure to nominate dates for each forward trip and outlining the purpose of each visit and why each purpose has to be performed in SA. Also, identify where you are coming from.
Once the RMP is approved, apply on the SAPOL site for a border pass. When doing this repeat, all of the details of the multiple visits that are required, and state the application is for a multi-entry pass.
We have confirmed that all states have agreed that agriculture and suppliers of essential services to agriculture will be categorised as essential services.
SA COVID-19 Information Line 1800 253 787