Warning Alert

South Australia expands COVID-19-related travel buffer zone with Victoria Oct. 8. Some movement controls, gathering restrictions ongoing. 

Alert Begins 07 Oct 2020 09:01 PM UTC
Alert Expires 22 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): South Australia
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport disruptions, increased security


South Australia is slowly easing some gathering and transport restrictions amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in Australia. Authorities continue to allow home visits of up to 50 people; private gatherings at other locations, such as weddings and funerals, are now 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, and fitness classes - as well as personal care services, must collect participants' or patrons' 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 authorities continue to ban most Victoria residents and people with recent travel history in Victoria from entry; exceptions are in place for essential travel. Approved arrivals from Victoria are required to undergo 14-day quarantine periods. Residents of communities in Victoria within 70 km (44 miles) of the state border can enter South Australia without quarantine when traveling for essential reasons. All individuals arriving from Victoria must 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 highways and at Adelaide Airport (ADL) will screen inbound passengers.

Previous bans on residents of states outside Victoria have been lifted, if travelers do not have recent travel history in Victoria. However, travelers to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration prior to arrival.

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; payment is to be made 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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