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Covid-19 SA Border Requirements - Essential Travellers, 4 August 2020

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Information for Essential Travellers – Commercial Transport and Freight Services

August 7, 2020

National Cabinet today endorsed the Freight Movement Code for the Domestic Border Controls – Freight Movement Protocol (the Code).

The Code, jointly developed by all Infrastructure and Transport Ministers, aligns state and territory approaches to COVID-19 Testing, contact tracing, PPE and effective self-isolation for cross border freight operators.

Providing a clear and common approach to enforcement, the Code is intended to provide greater certainty for the freight industry and reflect the high priority of all governments on supporting the industry, and economy, during the pandemic.

Heavy Vehicle Testing

The SA Government is continuing to work to ensure that suitable testing facilities are available to meet the needs of the transport industry. Dedicated testing sites for heavy vehicle operators are located at;

· Yamba

Yamba Quarantine Station, National Highway, A20

Operational Monday to Friday 0800 to 1700 hours, Sat 0900 – 1630 and Sun 0800 – 1230

· Tailem Bend,

Caltex Service Station, 8786 Princes Hwy

Operational 0800 to 1600 hours

It was anticipated Port Augusta would have a station in operation this week however due to testing resourcing constraints the exact date is still to be determined. Advice will be sent as soon as it can be confirmed.

Road Border Entry

A reminder that all travellers into South Australia are required to complete a cross border registration form that must be completed 72 hours prior to arrival.

Commercial Transport and Freight Services Essential Travellers approved to enter SA from NSW, ACT and Victoria must  produce evidence of having a COVID-19 test, or a COVID-19 test result, that is not more than seven days old, upon request from an Authorised Officer (eg SA Police Officer), or obtain a test as soon as practicable on entering SA.

Police Officers at the border will note whether evidence of a test was sighted or a direction to obtain a test was given.  You can use the referral form you received at the border to attend a drive-through testing clinic.

All commercial transport and freight Essential Travellers who are residents of Victoria must wear a face mask when entering South Australia and self-quarantine in their truck or other private arrangements when not undertaking work-related duties. This is not a requirement for essential freight workers who are not Victorian residents.

There are no restrictions on travellers who have completed cross border registration from low community transmission zones such as NT, QLD, WA and TAS provided that they have not been any other place than the low community transmission zone. There is no requirement to self-quarantine while waiting for test results; unless displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

Maritime Crew Essential Travellers

Fact sheets, linked below, have been provided to detail;

More information for the maritime sector will soon be available.

For updates relevant to industry directions issued in South Australia, visit