South Australia (SA)

Travelling from the ACT to SA

ACT residents can travel to SA by both air and road without needing to take a COVID-19 test or enter 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival.

To enter SA from the ACT a person must complete the cross-border application form - this can be found on the South Australia Police website.

Applicants will need to supply a photocopy of their Driver’s Licence or any other documentation indicating their home address to prove they live in the ACT.

There are other requirements that must be met. For more information on travelling to SA, visit the Government of South Australia website.

COVID-safe travel

You should not travel if you are unwell.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms while away or after returning to the ACT, get tested immediately.

While travelling, use the ABCs of protecting yourself, your family and our community from COVID-19.

Avoid COVID-affected areas—check the COVID website of the state or territory you are travelling to. If you are welcoming relatives or visitors from interstate, please ask them not to come if they are travelling from an area with a recent case or are feeling unwell.

Behave in a COVID-safe way—be vigilant with hand and respiratory hygiene, maintain physical distancing from other groups, and stay home if feeling unwell.

Check back when you’re home—monitor the COVID website of the state or territory you visited to see if they had any cases, for two weeks after your return. Follow the website’s advice about testing and self-isolation. If you feel unwell with COVID symptoms while away or when you return, please get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get the result.

More travel advice is available on the Australian Department of Health website.

For more information, contact the ACT’s COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily.

Travelling from SA to the ACT

Under a Public Health Direction, anyone travelling into the ACT who has been in South Australia must complete an online declaration. People who are travelling with dependents do not need to complete a separate form for each child under the age of 18, unless they are travelling unaccompanied.  Dependants only need to be included in one parent or carer’s form.

To enter the ACT, travellers will be required to declare that:

  • In the last 14 days prior to entering the ACT, they have not visited a place in South Australia that has been declared by the South Australian Government in a COVID-19 Health Alert, where the individual is required to enter a period of quarantine. A list of these Declared Places is below.
  • In the last 14 days prior to entering the ACT, they have not had contact with a person who is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

If you have been in South Australia in the past 14 days, including transiting through Adelaide airport, you must complete an online declaration to be permitted to enter the ACT, prior to entry.

ACT residents returning from South Australia must also complete this declaration. Any ACT resident who has declared they have been in an identified COVID-19 venue or location and is required to quarantine by South Australia is strongly encouraged not to travel.

However, if an ACT resident must return to the ACT, they should email COVID.exemptions@act.gov.au. Residents may also require approval from South Australia to leave quarantine.

Essential workers may be permitted to enter if they can complete the online declaration.

If for any reason an essential worker is unable to complete the declaration and they still wish to travel, they must contact ACT Health immediately, by emailing COVID.exemptions@act.gov.au. Further advice for essential workers is below.

Anyone who is found to have entered the ACT without having made a valid declaration may be issued with an infringement notice.

Anyone who is found to have made a false or misleading declaration may be subject to significant penalties under the ACT Criminal Code 2002 ($16,000 or imprisonment of one year, or both).

Please note: If you are transiting through other jurisdictions to the ACT from South Australia, you must follow the health directions issued by the jurisdiction you are in while in transit.

South Australian COVID-19 Declared Places

Anyone travelling into the ACT, including returning ACT residents, must complete an online declaration.

To enter the ACT, travellers will be required to declare that in the last 14 days prior to entering the ACT, they have not visited a place in South Australia that has been declared by the South Australian Government in a COVID-19 Health Alert, where the individual is required to enter a period of quarantine/isolation.

A list of these locations is below.

  • Roma Mitchell Secondary College on 12 November 2020 or 13 November 2020.
  • Thomas More College on 12 November 2020 or 13 November 2020.
  • Mawson Lakes School and Preschool on 13 November 2020.
  • Elizabeth Aquadome at any time from 11.00 am – 1.30 pm on 14 November 2020.
  • Woodville Pizza Bar on 6 November to 16 November 2020. (Note: this also includes people who received a delivery from this pizza bar and delivery drivers.)
  • Lyell McEwin Hospital Emergency Department - 5.30 pm 13 November to 8.00 am 14 November 2020
  • SA Structural, 54 Kaurna Avenue from 7:00 am – 3:30pm on 12 November 2020
  • Peppers Waymouth Hotel Adelaide during any time from 2 November to 15 November 2020
  • Students in Year 9 & specific staff members of Woodville High School, 11 Actil Avenue St Clair, on 23 November 2020 or 24 November 2020

It also applies to any members of the household of a person who was on site at Roma Mitchell Secondary College, Thomas More College, Mawson Lakes School and Preschool, Woodville Pizza Bar or SA Structural.

This list is being updated regularly by the South Australian Government. Please keep up to date as further locations may be identified.

Additional advice for essential workers

If an essential worker is unable to provide a declaration, an exemption can be sought.

Providing essential services in the ACT may include the following industries:

  • health care
  • government, law enforcement or military
  • Member of Parliament or staff
  • education
  • agriculture (please check your eligibility by referring to the Australian Government’s Agriculture Worker’s code)
  • construction, engineering, or manufacturing.

If you are an essential worker, you will need to supply Evidence to support that you are an essential worker, including that:

  • the work is essential i.e. it would have a negative impact to the work sector or ACT community if not provided at this time;
  • the work cannot be undertaken by another person within the ACT, performed remotely, or by a person from another jurisdiction other than Victoria; and/or
  • a letter or statement from your employer (or statutory declaration if self-employed) that your entry to the ACT is essential and cannot be undertaken remotely or by another person.

To apply for an exemption for essential worker status, please email covid.exemptions@act.gov.au and provide relevant documentation as outlined above.

When is a declaration not required?

A declaration is not required in the following circumstances:

  • Entering via air to the Canberra airport and transiting to another jurisdiction by air, and you will not leave the Canberra airport
  • Transiting through the ACT by road, with no stops
  • Your visit through South Australia was by road and for transit purposes only and you did not make any lengthy stops during the journey.

However, if you are arriving into the ACT via air, we ask that you complete the online form to assist with processing of travellers at the airport.

If you fly into the ACT from South Australia and continue to NSW by road, you will be required to complete a declaration.

    For example, a resident of Jerrabomberra flies into Canberra Airport from Adelaide in order to travel to their home. This will require entry into the ACT, and therefore a declaration is required.

COVID-safe travel

You should not travel if you are unwell.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms while away or after returning to the ACT, get tested immediately.

While travelling, use the ABCs of protecting yourself, your family and our community from COVID-19.

Avoid COVID-affected areas—check the COVID website of the state or territory you are travelling to. If you are welcoming relatives or visitors from interstate, please ask them not to come if they are travelling from an area with a recent case or are feeling unwell.

Behave in a COVID-safe way—be vigilant with hand and respiratory hygiene, maintain physical distancing from other groups, and stay home if feeling unwell.

Check back when you’re home—monitor the COVID website of the state or territory you visited to see if they had any cases, for two weeks after your return. Follow the website’s advice about testing and self-isolation. If you feel unwell with COVID symptoms while away or when you return, please get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get the result.

More travel advice is available on the Australian Department of Health website.

For more information, contact the ACT’s COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: November 27 2020