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The COVID-19 Delta variant has been identified in SA. Exposure sites are listed at Health Alert SA.


Easy Read

Updated rules in Easy English will be published here when available.

 

Restrictions are at modified Level 1

South Australia is currently under Level 1 restrictions with some additional restrictions.

Level 1 restrictions

  • 3 person per 4 square metres (for seated activities)
  • No communal consumption facilities
  • Seated consumption only. Permitted to sit at a bar to consume food or drinks provided consumption is separated from:
    • other patrons placing orders for food or drinks, and
    • the preparation of food.

Additional restrictions

  • 1 person per 2 square metres (for non-seated activities)
  • 1 person per 4 square metres (indoor fitness facilities)
  • Seated food and beverage consumption only
  • CMP: events of more than 1 000 people
  • Shisha ban
  • Gathering at home cap: 20 (gatherings at residential premises, including residents of residential premises)
  • Private activity cap: 50 (private activities at non-residential premises)
  • Masks for high risk settings
  • Masks for personal care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the personal care service)
  • Masks for health care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the health care service)
  • Masks for passenger transport services
  • Masks for indoor fitness facilities (except while exercising)
  • Masks for shared indoor public places (except bridal parties during ceremonies)
  • Restrictions on dancing and singing
  • Private activities with food and beverage consumption whilst standing at 1 person per 2 square metres and approved contact tracing system, cap of 50 (excluding non-residential)
  • Private functions with food and beverage consumption whilst standing at 1 person per 2 square metres with approved contact tracing system cap of 150 (at relevant licensed premises)

Note: An approved contact tracing system (QR code) is generated from a COVID Safe Plan.

Private activity

An event, function or other gathering held at a place that does not constitute a defined public activity (but does not include a gathering at home or an event, function or gathering involving only members of the same household).

  • Food and beverage consumption whilst standing at a density of 1 person per 2 square metres, when seated 3 people per 4 square metres
  • Must have an approved contact tracing system if food and beverage consumed while standing
  • Limit of 50 people (at non-residential premises)
  • Dancing is permitted
  • Singing is permitted (masks must be worn indoors when in non-residential premises). Performers do not have to wear a mask.

Private function

An invitation-only event or function on a part of relevant licensed premises or an ongoing licensed premises* where there is no access for members of the public (not invited to the event or function:

  • Food and beverage consumption whilst standing at a density of 1 person per 2 square metres, when seated 3 people per 4 square metres
  • Must have an approved contact tracing system. This must be independent from the contact tracing system used by the relevant licenced premises.
  • Limit of 150 people
  • Singing is permitted (masks must be worn indoors). Performers do not have to wear a mask.
  • Dancing is not permitted except by the bridal party during a wedding ceremony or reception.
  • Communal food and beverage areas are not permitted.

*Ongoing licensed premises means licensed premises under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997in respect of which an ongoing licence under Part 3, Division 2, Subdivision 2 of that Act is in force. Note: a short term licence is not an ongoing licence.

Masks

Masks (covering the mouth and nose) are required in:

  • High risk settings
  • Personal care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the health care service)
  • Health care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the health care service)
  • Passenger transport services
  • Indoor fitness facilities (except while exercising)
  • Shared indoor public places (except bridal parties during ceremonies)

A requirement that a person wear a face mask does not apply to a person:

  • if they have a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition (Evidence of a relevant medical condition must be produced on request)
  • in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, such as to enable communication by or with any patron who is deaf or hard of hearing
  • in circumstances where removal of the mask is lawfully required for identification purposes
  • when the person is eating or drinking
  • if the person is a child under 12 years of age
  • if the person is carrying out functions as an authorised worker and it is not possible to properly carry out those functions with a mask on.

Read more about Disability and Masks for reasons you do not need to wear a mask.

High risk setting

High risk means each of the following:

  • a residential aged care facility
  • a disability care facility
  • a prison, correctional facility, training centre or other place of custody
  • any of the following areas within a public or private hospital:
    • an emergency department
    • an intensive care unit
    • a respiratory ward
    • an oncology ward
  • health care services provided in any of the Aboriginal communities listed in Schedule 1 or any other Aboriginal community controlled health service.

Personal care

Personal Care includes services such as hairdressers, barbershops, beauty salons, nail salons, tattoo parlours, and other premises at which beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, piercing, body modification services are provided, as well as wellness centres, day spas, massage parlours, saunas, and bathhouses.

Dancing

Dancing is permitted at a private activity at an unlicensed premises and at a dance studio with a liquor licence if no service of alcohol takes place in the premises.

Dancing is not permitted at a nightclub or relevant licensed premises except:

  • by members of the bridal party at a wedding ceremony or reception

Singing

Singing is permitted but when a person is singing indoors, they must wear a mask.

Exceptions include if:

  • the person is performing individually (not including a karaoke performer); or
  • the person is a member of a group of performers performing or rehearsing in the premises (not including karaoke performers or persons performing or rehearsing as part of a choir or chorus); or
  • the premises are an educational establishment; or
  • the person is undertaking or providing an individual lesson.

Information related to the current Direction are in the Activities section on the Common questions page.

 


People who have any of the symptoms below, even if mild, should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as symptoms appear:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste or smell
  • diarrhoea and vomiting

Testing Clinics


 

Cross-border update

All travellers coming to South Australia must first complete a Cross Border Travel Registration, irrespective of where they are travelling from.

Travellers must complete a separate Cross Border Travel Registration for each person in the travelling party including all children.  People will experience delays on arrival if they have not completed an application for each person.

Update:

See Travel Restrictions for details on all  restrictions and exceptions.

See Common questions for more information.

Border restrictions

Source Travel

Australian Capital Territory

Restrictions

From 12:01 am 29 July 2021, travellers arriving from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are currently prohibited from entering South Australia, except for Essential Travellers and some permitted arrivals.

Exceptions

Essential travellers

Essential travellers, who have been in the ACT in the 14 days prior to arrival may enter South Australia subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13
  • Must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public.

Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller.

SA residents

Returning South Australian residents and people genuinely relocating to South Australia must apply for an exemption from SA Health which may approve travel to South Australia. Applications should be made through the Health Exemptions page.

Applications for Cross Border Travel Registration without SA Health approval will automatically result in a declined application.

People escaping domestic violence

People escaping domestic violence, who have been in NSW at any time in the 14 days prior to arrival, will be subject to Level 5 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13.
  • Quarantine as directed
  • 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.
  • Must display a sign provided by an authorised officer at the entrance of the place to alert persons attending the place that it is a place of quarantine.

Commonwealth MPs

Commonwealth MPs and staff who have been only in the ACT at any time in the 14 days prior to arrival, will be subject to Level 4 requirements provided they have not been in NSW or transited through Sydney airport:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13
  • Must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public

Note: Commonwealth MPs and staff are permitted to transit directly through a restricted zone airport other than in New South Wales.

Overseas arrivals

People who are overseas arrivals (including South Australian residents or people genuinely relocating to South Australia) having completed 14 days quarantine in the ACT, must apply for an exemption from SA Health which may approve travel to South Australia. Applications should be made through the Health Exemptions page.

Applications for Cross Border Travel Registration without SA Health approval will automatically result in a declined application.

Passing through from ACT

Travellers are not permitted to pass through South Australia if they have been in the ACT within the previous 14 days.

Transiting through Canberra Airport

Transiting through Canberra Airport on a flight from another state is permitted, provided you wear a mask at all times and do not leave the airport.

The Cook Islands

If you are travelling to SA having been in an overseas jurisdiction (excluding New Zealand and the Cook Islands) in the last 14 days, you will be directed to quarantine at a place determined by an authorised officer for a 14 day period commencing on the date of arrival in Australia.

All travellers coming to South Australia from the Cook Islands must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration prior to travel.

New South Wales

Restrictions

From 12:01am 29 July 2021, travellers arriving from New South Wales (excluding the LGA of Broken Hill) is currently prohibited from entering South Australia, except for Essential Travellers and some permitted arrivals.

Commonwealth MPs and staff who have been in NSW at any time in the 14 days prior to arrival, will be subject to Level 5 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Quarantine as directed
  • 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.

People escaping domestic violence, who have been in NSW at any time in the 14 days prior to arrival, are subject to Level 5 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Quarantine as directed
  • 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.

People escaping domestic violence can travel if their matter is urgent. Applications should be made through the Health Exemptions page.

People who are overseas arrivals (including South Australian residents or people genuinely relocating to South Australia) having completed 14 days quarantine in NSW, must apply for an exemption from SA Health which may approve travel to South Australia. Applications should be made through the Health Exemptions page.

Note: Submitting the Cross Border Travel Registration without SA Health approval will result in a declined application.

Lord Howe Island, is a territory of NSW and should be aligned with New South Wales restrictions. In the event that a traveller wants to dispute the restrictions, they should be advised to lodge an exemption request with SA Health.

Exceptions

Returning South Australian residents and people genuinely relocating to South Australia must apply for an exemption from SA Health which may approve travel to South Australia. Applications should be made through the Health Exemptions page.

Applications for Cross Border Travel Registration without SA Health approval will automatically result in a declined application.

Essential travellers, who have been in New South Wales in the 14 days prior to arrival, may enter South Australia subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13
  • Must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • A person must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public

Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller.

Commercial Transport and Freight travellers who have been in New South Wales (Victoria or the ACT) in the previous 14 days must comply with Level 4 requirements for self-quarantine, testing on days 1, 5 and 13 (or can provide evidence of a COVID-19 or negative COVID-19 test result in the preceding 7 days), and wearing face mask in public after arrival in South Australia.

Furniture removalists must have evidence of a COVID-19 test within the past 48 hours; or must have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours. Such travellers must wear a mask in public and QR code in at the testing station.

Transiting through Sydney Airport

Transiting through Sydney Airport on a flight from another state is not recommended, but if required to do so, you must wear a mask at all times and do not leave the airport.  (It is recommended Members of Parliament do not transit through NSW when travelling to Canberra.)

Passing through New South Wales via car

If you are commencing your travel in an unrestricted zone and providing you have not been in New South Wales in the past 14 days, you can enter South Australia with no requirements, as long as you travel through New South Wales via the most direct and practicable route and do not stop in New South Wales except in an emergency or for respite or other essential purposes (such as obtaining fuel). You must wear a face mask for the entirety of the time you come into contact with the public and cannot maintain physical distance during your journey through New South Wales.

 

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is an external territory and unless specifically mentioned in the Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction, remains unrestricted. At present, there is no risk from Norfolk Island. Provided the travellers only transit through a mainland airport, travellers coming to South Australia from Norfolk Island are unrestricted.

Entry into SA Requirements table - in effect 29 July 2021

Victoria Essential Traveller - in effect 31 July 2021

Greater Brisbane/ACT/NSW Essential Traveller - in effect 22 July 2021

Northern Territory

Travellers who have been in the Katherine Local Government Area in the past 14 days (but not before 15 August 2021)  are subject to Level 3 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13
  • Quarantine until a negative COVID-19 test result
  • Must not enter or remain in a high risk setting in South Australia for a period of 14 days after their arrival unless the person is permitted to enter in accordance with clause 9 of Cross Border Travel - General COVID-19 Direction 2021.
  • No entry to COVID Management Plan events or an event at which more than 1000 people are present for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

Travellers from all other areas in the Northern Territory, can enter South Australia without requirements but must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration prior to travel.

Queensland

Travellers who have been in Greater Brisbane within the past 14 days are permitted to South Australia but will be subject to Level 3 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13
  • Quarantine until a negative COVID-19 test result
  • Must not enter or remain in a high risk setting in South Australia for a period of 14 days after their arrival unless the person is permitted to enter in accordance with clause 9 of Cross Border Travel - General COVID-19 Direction 2021.
  • No entry to COVID Management Plan events or an event at which more than 1000 people are present for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

Travellers from all other areas in Queensland can enter South Australia without requirements but must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration prior to travel.

Greater Brisbanemeans the following local government areas in Queensland: City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Noosa Shire Council, City of Gold Coast, Logan City, City of Ipswich, Redland City, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council and Somerset Regional Council.

Transiting through Brisbane/Gold Coast Airport

Transiting through Brisbane/Gold Coast Airport on a flight from another state is permitted provided you wear a mask at all times and do not leave the airport. If you are transiting through Queensland via road, you must take the most direct route, only stop for respite, fuel or an emergency, and you must wear a mask when in contact with the public.

Victoria

The Victorian Cross border corridor is currently defined as the area 70 km either side of the border between South Australia and Victoria.

Restrictions

From 6:00 pm 22 August 2021, all travellers who have been in Victoria within the past 14 days are prohibited from entering South Australia, excluding Essential Travellers and people escaping Domestic Violence.

Exceptions

Essential Travellers can enter South Australia, but are subject to Level 4 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days (from the day of arrival) when not working, pursuant to their traveller category.
  • 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.

People escaping Domestic Violence can enter South Australia, but are subject to Level 5 requirements:

  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13.
  • Quarantine as directed determined by an authorised officer 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.
  • Must display a sign provided by an authorised officer at the entrance of the place to alert persons attending the place that it is a place of quarantine.

Where a suitable place of quarantine is not able to be identified, those travellers will be referred to SA Health.

Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller.

All travellers coming to South Australia must first complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. Travellers must complete a separate Cross Border Travel Registration for each person in the travelling party including all children.

Exemptions

Travellers (other than Essential travellers and people escaping Domestic Violence) may apply for an exemption from SA Health which may approve travel to South Australia. Applications should be made through the Health Exemptions page. Applications for Cross Border Travel Registration without SA Health approval will automatically result in a declined application.

Passing through from Victoria

Travellers are not permitted to pass through South Australia if they have been in Victoria within the previous 14 days.

Transiting through Melbourne Airport

Transiting through Melbourne Airport on a flight from another state is permitted, provided you wear a mask at all times and do not leave the airport.

Western Australia

Restrictions

Any person arriving from Western Australia is permitted to enter South Australia without restriction as long as they have not been in a restricted zone in the past 14 days. In this case, they would be subject to that zone's restrictions.

Essential travellers, returning South Australian residents, people genuinely relocating, and people escaping domestic violence, who have been in a restricted area in the past 14 days, 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.

Essential Travellers must self-quarantine in accordance with their class of Essential Traveller.

Commercial Transport and Freight categories are excused from the COVID-19 testing regime if they can produce evidence of a COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 result in the last 7 days.

All travellers coming to South Australia must first complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. Travellers must complete a separate Cross Border Travel Registration for each person in the travelling party including all children.

Travel Directions

Cross border travel is covered by two Directions:

  • Cross Border Travel - General Direction
  • Cross Border Travel - Associated Direction

 

Before you travel

If you are planning travel to SA, aim to complete the Cross-Border Travel Registration form at least 7 days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins. If you are applying for essential traveller categories (when relevant), please attach relevant documents to assist with assessment and determination.

All travellers should download the mySA GOV app from Google Play or the App Store prior to travel to South Australia. COVID Safe Check-In is required at most shops and establishments in SA.

 

The General Direction lays out requirements and restrictions on anyone entering South Australia, appropriate to the risk associated with where they have been prior to their arrival.

The Associated Direction is designed to act as an appendix to the General Direction and will outline:

  • specific areas that are currently restricted or prohibited
  • any requirements for defined classes of arrivals (e.g. overseas arrivals, essential travellers and other permitted arrivals).

COVID Safe Check-In

All travellers to SA should download the mySA GOV app from Google Play or the App Store prior to travel to South Australia. Plane arrivals are required to use the COVID Safe Check-In to scan a QR code specific to the Adelaide Airport immediately after their arrival.

Any defined public activity which requires a COVID Safe Plan, and gatherings of 51 to 200 people at residential premises, must use an approved contact tracing system which includes the COVID-SAfe Check-in, Scan Tek or any other electronic platform which is approved by the state coordinator.

The QR Code will be issued upon the completion of an appropriate COVID-Safe Plan.

The QR code must be displayed in the premises/business/venue.

All people entering the place must upload their relevant contact details to the approved contact tracing system. This upload is automatic when you use the COVID SAfe Check-In to scan the QR code. Paper recording logs will be made available as a backup for people who don’t have a smartphone.

More information:


More information

See Common questions for more information.

Visit covid-19.sa.gov.au 

Call the dedicated SA information line - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days on 1800 253 787

If you need to talk to someone about any of this, call the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787 Mon-Fri 8 am to 8 pm. 


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