Summary
As part of ongoing efforts to reopen the economy amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, officials in South Australia will ease some border restrictions with Victoria beginning Oct. 24. Additionally, officials are maintaining some gathering and transport restrictions amid ongoing COVID-19 activity in Australia. Authorities now allow home visits of up to 50 people; however, private gatherings at other locations, such as weddings and funerals, remain limited to 150 people. The government requires companies that conduct public activities to complete a COVID-Safe Plan, and organizers of some activities - such as weddings, 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). 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 Australia will further ease border restrictions with Victoria from 0001 Oct. 24. Officials will allow South Australian residents and people relocating permanently to enter the state, though permission is still required. Authorities will also permit residents in communities within 70 km (44 miles) of the state border to enter South Australia for any reason without quarantine. Most Victoria residents and people with recent travel history in Victoria remain barred from entry, except for essential travel. Despite the eased border controls, approved arrivals from Victoria must still undergo 14-day quarantine periods and take COVID-19 tests no more than seven days prior to arrival in South Australia. Ground transport between Victoria and South Australia remains restricted to specific highways. Staffed checkpoints on approved roads and at Adelaide Airport (ADL) will screen inbound passengers. Travelers to South Australia from all parts of Australia must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration before arrival.

Quarantine Requirements
Most travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. New Zealand residents can enter South Australia without quarantine. South Australia charges all required travelers, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, for quarantine, 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.

 

Advice
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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