The term ‘essential traveller’ has been bandied around frequently by health officials, those crossing the state, and the public when dissecting who should or should not be travelling.
Requisites to essential travel changed yesterday with the hard closure of South Australia’s border to Victoria, with talks of a potential hard closure with NSW approaching.
The two states are seeing a consistent increase in their COVID-19 cases with Victoria set to record 723 cases overnight, according to ABC coverage.
SA Health have provided a breakdown on the testing requirements for NSW, Victoria, and ACT residents and travellers.
“Essential Travellers in categories defined as Commercial Transport and Freight, Remote and Isolated Workers or Cross Border Community Members must produce evidence to an authorised officer of a COVID-19 test having be taken or a result of a test within the last 7 days.“
Essential Travellers in categories defined as Commercial Transport and Freight, Remote and Isolated Workers from NSW and the ACT only, or Cross Border Community Members do not need to self-quarantine while awaiting COVID-19 test results unless they have and show symptoms.
All other deemed essential travellers other than those mentioned above, or those simply passing through from from NSW and ACT must take the mandatory COVID-19 test on day one and day 12 of entry in SA.
No non-essential travellers from Victoria are permitted to enter SA, even if they are a resident.
All non-essential travellers from NSW and ACT are required to partake in the mandatory COVID-19 testing on day one and 12 of their self-quarantine. This must be taken upon entry into SA.
Once arriving into SA, travellers can use a referral form received at the border, whether this be on the road checkpoints or via plane, to attend a drive through testing clinic.
For the latest info on cross border travel, head to https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/cross-border-travel.