Department of Human Services

Monday 11 January 2021

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Dear sector colleagues,

The New Year is well and truly upon us and, while we are not yet out of the woods with COVID-19, we are certainly in a much stronger, more informed and better equipped position to handle the pandemic as a sector, as a state and as a nation.

I know that many of you continued to work over the holiday season, providing vital services and support for the many South Australians. Some of us were also fortunate to take a much-needed break to recharge the batteries and spend time with family and friends after a challenging year.

Over the Christmas and New Year period there have been a number of outbreaks of COVID-19 across the country. Whilst the news emerging from Queensland this morning is encouraging, on Friday evening the South Australian Government revised its advice relating to people returning or travelling to South Australia from Queensland.

Travel from Queensland

Queensland Health has identified a number of COVID-19 public exposure sites. If anyone was at a location listed on the Queensland Health contact tracing website and they are currently in SA they should:

  • Immediately self-quarantine for 14 days commencing on the last day they were at the exposure site.
  • Get a COVID-19 test immediately and again on day 5 and again on day 12 of quarantine.
  • Contact SA Health at health.coronavirusenquiries@sa.gov.au and to advise you were at a listed location.

There is also specific advice for people who have been in the greater Brisbane area on certain dates. It is imperative that, if you have not done so already, you immediately follow the following advice.

If you have been in Greater Brisbane area between Saturday 2 January and Thursday 7 January 2021:

  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately and self-isolate until you have received a negative result.
  • You must get a second COVID-19 test on 13 January. You do not need to self-isolate after your second test unless you have symptoms.
  • You must not attend any event with an approved COVID Management Plan or attendance of over 1,000 people (for example a major event or festival).

If you have been in Greater Brisbane area since Saturday 2 January and travelled to SA on Friday 8 January:

  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.
  • You must get COVID-19 tests again on day 5 and day 12. You do not need to self-isolate after your second or third tests unless you have symptoms.
  • You must not attend any event with an approved COVID Management Plan or attendance of over 1,000 people (for example a major event or festival).

If you have been in Greater Brisbane area since Saturday 2 January and travelled to SA from 12.01am Saturday 9 January:

  • You are required to self-quarantine for 14 days commencing on the date of your arrival in SA (day one is the day after your arrival in SA).
  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately within 24 hours, again on day 5 and again on day 12.

Travel from New South Wales

The COVID-19 outbreak in New South Wales prompted a hard border closure with South Australia.  Effective from 1 January 2021, any South Australian residents who have been in NSW in the preceding 14 days must, commencing on the date of their arrival in SA, quarantine for 14 days. Detailed information about the New South Wales COVID-19 Health Alert can be found on the SA Health website.

Travel from Victoria

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has identified a number of COVID-19 public exposure sites. View the list here. If you have been in Victoria in the past 14 days, check this page regularly for updates to see if you were at a COVID-19 exposure site. If you were at a location listed on the DHHS website, please follow the instructions as detailed on the SA Health website.

I appreciate that there’s a lot of information to understand here. I therefore encourage anyone who is interstate currently to visit covid-19.sa.gov.au for exemptions, process requirements and new updates to help plan your journey home. Contract tracing information for affected states can be found on the SA Health website.

Our individual and collective efforts to adhere to these regulations will ensure we all remain safe.

If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact DHS’s COVID-19 Response team at  DHSCOVIDResponse@sa.gov.au 

More information on COVID-19 in South Australia



Ngaityalya (Kaurna: thank you)

Lois Boswell
Chief Executive

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