Travel Restrictions in South Australia - COVID-19

Interstate Travel Restrictions

The State Government has taken unprecedented action in response to the coronavirus pandemic requiring all people entering South Australia to isolate for 14-days from their arrival. 

This will apply immediately to South Australians, other Australians and other travellers, and will be supported by border control and will become an enforceable obligation from Tuesday 24 March at 4pm.

The measure, which was recommended by Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier, includes exemptions for essential travel to maintain health, the food supply chain, and the State’s economic needs.

The move will help delay community transmission of the disease which is happening in other parts of Australia, in particular the eastern states.


Exemptions will apply for essential transport including:

  • National and state security and governance
  • Health services
  • Essential medical treatment
  • Transport and freight services
  • Skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses
  • Emergency Services workers
  • Cross border community members
  • Passing through (travellers will need to make their own enquiries about entry into their final state destination)
  • Compassionate grounds

Visit the Emergency Direction released for cross border travel into South Australia for more information about restrictions, exemptions and enforcement. 

International Travel Restrictions

For the latest international travel advice, visit the Smartraveller website.

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