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Covid-19 SA Border Requirements - Service Operators, 11 February

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Information for Commercial Transport and Freight Services

11 February 2021

From today, Cross Border Travel Direction No 36 comes into effect restricting entry for those travelling from Victoria’s Greater Melbourne area (including Sunbury).

Commercial Transport and Freight Services operators travelling from a “Prohibited or Restricted Zone” are required to undertake a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entering SA unless they can provide evidence of a COVID-19 test, or a COVID-19 test result, that is not more than seven days old.

They must also comply with the other requirements of Essential Travellers as applicable, which may include: the need to self-quarantine when not working, to wear a mask, to keep records and to have a letter/documentation from their employer.

SA Police has updated the ready reckoner table which details specific requirements which can be found here: SA Police Essential Traveller Table

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

Please note Cross Border Travel requirements respond to specific COVID-19 risk across the country and cross border travel requirements can change rapidly in order to manage specific risks.

All people travelling to SA must still complete the Cross Border Travel Registration form, which also contains specific information for each State. For more information, including the updated Direction and frequently asked questions, visit

Road Border Entry Requirements

Commercial Transport and Freight Service operators approved to enter SA from prohibited 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 provided that they have not been in any place other than the low community transmission zone within the last 14 days.

Commercial Transport and Freight Services (Essential Travellers) must keep and retain records of close contacts from the date of arrival in South Australia for 14 days not counting the day of arrival, or if they remain in South Australia for a period less than 14 days, for that period. The records need to be retained for a period of 28 days from the end of the period for which the records must be kept.

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 or