Travel to and from South Australia - COVID-Safe travel tips

Before you travel

It is important you find out about the COVID-19 restrictions and conditions such as higher risk areas for the place you are travelling to. You should do this before booking or leaving your home.

You should not travel if you are unwell.

Please also be aware of the restrictions in place when you return to your state or territory of origin. For example, road border closures may restrict your ability to return.

As the situation can change rapidly you should check the latest advice as you get closer to your intended travel date.

Interstate travel restrictions

States and territories can apply their own travel restrictions, including:

  • Closing state borders and restricting travel into their state.
  • Restricting travel into and out of areas within their state.
  • Requiring people who have travelled to and from some areas to quarantine for 14 days.

In some states and territories, you may have to pay a contribution to the cost of quarantine.

State and territory governments may grant exemptions to travel restrictions for travellers in some special cases. This could be for medical, compassionate or other reasons.

Read more about state or territory travel restrictions and exemptions on their websites:

COVID-19 higher risk areas

Travel to interstate restricted zones should be avoided. Check the following state government websites before you travel:

Travel to South Australia

All people planning to travel to South Australia from interstate or overseas, including returning South Australians, must apply through EntryCheck SA.

If you are travelling to South Australia it is important that you are up to date with the restrictions in SA.

The latest interstate COVID-19 health alerts issued by SA Health can be found on our Interstate contact tracing and exposure location page.

EntryCheck SA Travel exemption

Some travellers seeking to enter South Australia from interstate and overseas will also require written approval from SA Health before applying to enter.

This includes people travelling to South Australia from restricted zones who are seeking an exemption for:

  • urgent medical, dental or health treatment
  • compassionate grounds
  • terminal/critical/end-of-life visits.

All applications for essential traveller status from SA Health must be submitted using the online EntryCheckSA Travel Exemption application form.

Find out more and how to apply on the EntryCheck SA Travel Exemption applications web page.

Overseas travel

Information on overseas travel restrictions that apply in South Australia can be found on the sa.gov.au overseas travel restrictions page. Topics include information on:

  • Restrictions that apply to people arriving from overseas.
  • Travelling overseas from Australia.

COVID-Safe travel tips

  • If travelling by air, you must wear a face mask at all times within the airport and during the whole flight.
  • Wash/sanitise your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Maintain physical distancing wherever possible.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms while interstate, get tested straight away.
  • Check the government COVID-19 travel restrictions website of the state or territory you are visiting for regular updates.
  • Don't forget to complete a SA Police cross border travel form for your return to SA.