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Covid-19 SA Border Requirements - Service Operators, 13 July

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Information for Commercial Transport and Freight Services

13 July 2021

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel Associated Direction No 28) (COVID-19) Direction 2021, is in effect from today, July 13.

For NSW & ACT Commercial Transport and Freight Services – before 12.01 am 15 July 2021 - they must comply with the current requirements (test day 1,5 & 13 or evidence of a test or negative test result in the last 7 day).

As of 12.01 am 15 July 2021 they must have a COVID-29 test within 24 hrs of entering SA and must QR code in at the testing station (every time they enter SA).

Masks must be worn at all times when exiting the cab and when in contact with the public

Essential travellers from other restricted zones (eg Qld) must comply with the current requirements (test day 1,5 & 13 or evidence of a test or negative test result in the last 7 day).

All commercial Transport and Freight operators must comply with the other requirements of Essential Travellers as applicable, including the need to self-quarantine when not working, to keep records and to have a letter/documentation from their employer.

Vaccination is not an exemption to testing requirements.

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.

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 restricted 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 for Commercial Freight and  Transport travellers who have completed a cross border registration from zones where no restrictions apply provided that they have not been in any place other than the restriction free zone within the last 14 days.

Commercial Transport and Freight Services (Essential Travellers) must keep and retain records of close contacts, or use QR codes if available, 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