Severity: Warning

Transportation: South Australia to reopen border for New South Wales travelers from Sept. 24. Other border measures, gathering restrictions ongoing.

Alert Begins 23 Sep 2020 02:44 AM UTC
Alert Expires 22 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): South Australia (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Border restrictions, transport disruptions, increased security, quarantine requirements

South Australia continues to implement gathering and transport restrictions amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in Australia. Authorities allow home visits of up to 50 people; private gatherings at other locations, such as weddings and funerals, remain limited to 100 people. Officials permit nonessential businesses, such as pubs and nightclubs, gyms, and personal services, to operate. However, the government requires all companies that conduct public activities to complete a COVID-Safe Plan, and organizers of some activities - including weddings and funerals, fitness classes, and personal care services - must collect participants' contact information. Businesses and other public spaces must continue to limit capacity to one person per every two square meters (21 square feet). However, capacity and contact tracing requirements do not apply to essential businesses, such as markets and shopping centers, many workplaces, hotels, transport hubs, and educational institutions, among others.

Domestic Border Controls
South Australian officials will reopen the border for New South Wales travelers beginning Sept. 24; residents will no longer need to serve quarantine after entering the state. The reopening will also lift quarantine requirements for Australian Capital Territory (ACT) travelers arriving by ground transport via New South Wales. Air travelers from ACT and visitors from Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania, and Western Australia can already enter without quarantine. Ground travelers from ACT and all New South Wales visitors arriving before Sept. 24 must continue to self-quarantine for 14 days. Travelers already in self-quarantine must also complete their quarantine period. Visitors in quarantine must take COVID-19 tests on day one and day 12 of isolation. All inbound visitors must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration at least 72 hours before arrival.

Authorities continue to ban most Victoria residents from entry; exceptions are in place for essential travel. Residents in border communities in Victoria can enter the state without quarantine for essential reasons but remain restricted to locations within 40 km (25 miles) of the border. New South Wales border residents can only visit 50 km (31 miles) inside the state until the border reopens Sept. 24. Residents of border communities must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration and receive a negative COVID-19 test result within seven days before arrival. Ground transport is restricted to specific highways. Staffed checkpoints on approved highways and at Adelaide Airport (ADL) will screen inbound passengers.

International Quarantine Requirements
All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. South Australia charges all arriving travelers for quarantine, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, payable after the quarantine period. Quarantine fees are AUD 3,000 (USD 2,150) for the first adult and AUD 1,000 (USD 715) for each additional adult or AUD 500 (USD 358) for children, except those under three years old. People who purchased tickets before 1200 ACST July 13 are exempt from payment.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by government health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Plan for transport disruptions and delivery delays at designated hotspot areas. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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