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Covid-19 SA Border Requirements - Essential Travellers, 21 August 2020

Friday, 21 August 2020

Information for Essential Travellers – Commercial Transport and Freight Services

August 21

From 0001 today, the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 11) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 was revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 12) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

The new Direction provides an update to the restrictions currently in place for cross border travellers into and out of South Australia, requirements for maritime crew who arrive via aircraft into South Australia and self-quarantine requirements.

Freight Movement Protocol

Following National Cabinet endorsement of the Freight Movement Code for Domestic Border Control – Freight Movement Protocol, all states must have the protocol implemented from today.  South Australia has already implemented the majority of measures, including;

  • A 7-day testing cycle and dedicated heavy vehicle testing sites
  • COVID-19 Safe Work Plan and the requirement for appropriate PPE

Heavy Vehicle Worker COVID-19 Testing

The State Government continues to work to provide testing facilities to meet the needs of the freight industry.  A reminder that dedicated sites for heavy vehicle COVID-19 testing continue to operate at the following locations;

  • Yamba
    Yamba Quarantine Station, National Highway, A20
    Operational 0700 to 1900, seven days per week.
  • Tailem Bend
    Caltex Service Station, 8786 Princes Hwy
    Operational 0800 to 1600 hours, seven days per week.
  • Port Augusta
    Puma Port Augusta Truck stop, Lot 8, National Highway 1
    Operational 0800 – 2300, seven days per week, for truck and train operators.

Road Border Entry Requirements

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, within 24 hours, 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

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 12) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 provides an update to requirements to maritime crew arriving into South Australia from overseas via aircraft.

Maritime crew must reside and remain, quarantined and segregated from others, at a location determined by an Authorised Officer for a 14-day period starting at the time of their arrival.

Fact sheets, linked below, have been provided for the Maritime industry to detail;

Self-Quarantine Requirements

The direction has been amended to clarify requirements when self-quarantining in that once the person has arrived at the place to commence self-quarantining they must;

  • Stay in that place segregated from other persons for the period beginning on the day of arrival and ending at midnight on the 14th day; and
  • Where they are residing and remaining at short term accommodation they must inform the owner or operator that they are self-quarantining.

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