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 High Community Transmission Zones (hotspots) or Prohibited Locations should be avoided. Check the following state government websites for higher risk areas before you travel:

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania 
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia 
  • Travel to South Australia

    We strongly discourage anyone from COVID-19 affected areas from travelling to South Australia.  

    If you are travelling to South Australia from within Australia it is important that you are up to date with the latest travel advice and Public Health Directions in SA.

    All travellers wishing to enter South Australia must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration with SA Police. 

    COVID-19 Health Alerts issued by SA Health can be found on our Contact Tracing page.

    Essential traveller health exemption

    People will require written approval from SA Health if they are travelling to South Australia from a prescribed location and are seeking essential traveller status or exemption for:

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

    All applications for essential traveller status from SA Health must be submitted using the online SA Health Essential Traveller Application form.

    Find out more and how to apply on the Essential Traveller Health Exemption web page.

    Overseas travel

    Information on overseas travel restrictions that apply in South Australia can be found on the 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.