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Covid-19 SA Border Requirements - Service Operators, 12 January

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Information for Commercial Transport and Freight Services

12 January 2021

From 12.01am, Saturday 9 January 2021, new directions were effective in South Australia that include updated inclusions to High Community Transmission Zones.

Under the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 27) (COVID-19) Direction 2020, High Community Transmission Zones have been declared for New South Wales and Queensland’s Greater Brisbane Area that includes the local government areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and the Redlands.

Commercial Transport & Freight Service operators entering SA from High Community Transmission Zones are subject to testing requirements detailed below.

All people travelling to SA must still complete the Cross Border Travel Registration form. For more information, including the updated Direction and frequently asked questions, visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Road Border Entry Requirements

All Commercial Transport and Freight Service operators into South Australia are required to complete a cross border registration form at least 72 hours prior to arrival. Those who completed Essential Traveller cross border registrations are NOT required to update their cross border status and can still travel on their current approvals.

All Commercial Transport and Freight Service essential travellers approved to enter SA from NSW or the Greater Brisbane Areas 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 within 24 hours of entering SA.

Those Commercial Transport and Freight Service operators approved to enter SA from High Community Transmission Zones must not, without the approval of the Chief Executive of the Department for Health and Wellbeing, the South Australian Chief Public Health Officer or a deputy, enter a disability care, correctional or residential aged care facility, or a health care facility while they are in SA.

There are no restrictions on travellers who have completed a cross border registration from low community transmission zones such as NT, WA, VIC, TAS, ACT and QLD except Greater Brisbane Areas, provided that they have not been in any place other than the low community transmission zone within the last 14 days. There is no requirement to self-quarantine while waiting for test results, unless displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

Testing

All Commercial Transport and Freight Service operators entering SA from High Community Transmission Zones 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 within 24 hours of entering SA.

Other Essential Travellers and Exempt Arrivals entering SA from High Community Transmission Zones are required to have a COVID-19 test on day 1, day 5 and day 12 of their arrival into SA. Cross Border Community Members of the 100km Cross Border Corridor can opt to provide evidence of a test or display a test result within the last 7 days in lieu of the day 1, day 5 and day 12 testing regime.

Commercial Transport and Freight Service operators are not required to have a COVID-19 test before entering SA if arriving from low community transmission zones.

A list of testing sites can be found here.

Maritime Crew - Requirements

Maritime crew arriving into South Australia from overseas are deemed not to arrive if they do not disembark the vessel. A crew member who has been on a vessel within the preceding 14 days, with no one else embarking, is cleared to disembark providing they submit to a COVID-19 test within 48 hours with a negative result and is cleared to disembark by a Human Biosecurity Officer for SA. If the conditions noted cannot be met either through arrival on a vessel, or an aircraft, the crew member 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. No person may embark a vessel that has arrived in SA before it is cleared by a Human Biosecurity Officer without wearing PPE as approved by the Department of Health and Wellbeing.

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


For updates relevant to industry directions issued in South Australia, visit www.dit.sa.gov.au/covidborderinfo or www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/cross-border-travel.