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Driving during stage four lockdown in Victoria

By Tim Robson, 03 Aug 2020 Car Advice

COVID-19 Australia restrictions state by state UPDATED AUGUST 2020

COVID-19 border closures are still impacting NSW, Victoria and Queensland

August 2 - The greater Melbourne area has been placed into stage four lockdown, severely restricting the ability of Melbourne residents to move around the city.

BREAKING - stage four restrictions announced for metro Melbourne will mean that car dealerships, mechanics and automotive retail stores will close until September. Story on the way.

Can I drive during Stage Four lockdown?

In essence, most Melbourne residents will now only be able to travel for 5km to shop for food and necessary supplies once a day, work or education (if required) or care/compassion, while travel for exercise has also been curtailed.

Travel in a vehicle with a person outside your household is not allowed, though with some exemptions in place. Holiday accommodation and camping are now closed, too.

Residents may also leave home to seek medical attention or to administer care, while exemptions exist for couples in an intimate personal relationship to visit each other, even if they need to travel more than 5km.

However, all travel will be restricted by a night-time curfew, which starts at 8pm and finishes at 5am every day.

These current restrictions apply until 13 September.

Can I drive to exercise under stage four in Melbourne?

As well, exercise has been limited to one hour a day within 5km of a person's home, while organised sports have also been banned.

You are only permitted to exercise with one other person or member of your household.

The stage four lockdown will also affect a number of businesses, with restaurants and cafes reverting to takeaway only, while bars, clubs, pubs and nightclubs will close.

More information about the closure of other businesses, including mechanics, petrol stations and car dealerships will be revealed on Monday, August 3.

From Thursday 6, regional Victoria will move into stage three restrictions.

July 31 - Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane residents are being increasingly restricted in their travel, as NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory tighten their borders once more.

As Victoria reels under an increasing crisis, travel out of the state is all but impossible as South Australia, Western Australia and NSW close their borders to Victorians.

As cases increase in Sydney, Queensland will close its borders again to NSW travellers from August 1

The tightening of restrictions means people who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days will no longer be able to quarantine in Queensland and will be turned away at our border.

This applies to everyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days, except people needed in Queensland for essential purposes.

Queensland residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot can return home but will be required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation at their expense.

JULY 7 - Greater Melbourne has been placed back under Level Three Covid-19 restrictions, forcing residents to stay home and businesses to either close or change the way that they work.

The restrictions go live July 8 at midnight and will last for six weeks.

This means that people will only be allowed to travel to buy essentials, exercise close to home, seek or provide medical care and attend work unable to be performed at home.

The areas affected include:

  1. Banyule 
  2. Hume  
  3. Moreland  
  4. Bayside  
  5. Kingston  
  6. Mornington Peninsula 
  7. Boroondara
  8. Knox 
  9. Nillumbik  
  10. Brimbank 
  11. Manningham  
  12. Port Phillip  
  13. Cardinia
  14. Maribyrnong  
  15. Stonnington  
  16. Casey
  17. Maroondah 
  18. Whitehorse  
  19. Darebin
  20. Melbourne  
  21. Whittlesea 
  22. Frankston 
  23. Melton  
  24. Wyndham  
  25. Glen Eira  
  26. Monash 
  27. Yarra  
  28. Greater Dandenong 
  29. Moonee Valley  
  30. Yarra Ranges 
  31. Hobsons Bay 
  32. Mitchell Shire

If you live in one of these areas, there will once again only be four reasons to leave home:

  • Shopping for food and supplies
  • Medical care and caregiving
  • Exercise and recreation
  • Study and work – if you can’t do it from home

Melbournians will also be unable to leave their suburbs for exercise reasons, so no driving across town to ride a bike, for example.

Outdoor exercise and recreation are limited to you and the members of your household, or you plus one other person if you do not live with them.

If you live outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, there are only three reasons to enter: shopping for food and supplies, medical care and caregiving, and study or work – if you can’t do it from home.

Travelling through Victoria

Other notes have come to light around the border closures as well. People will be able to transit through Victoria by road, air or rail as long as they don't stop over, while people living in border towns will only need to apply for a permit to travel into NSW once for the duration of the border closure.

NSW covid border closure

"The public health order does not apply to people who have travelled through a COVID-19 hotspot by road, rail or an airport provided they do not leave the vehicle when they are in the COVID-19 hotspot," NSW Health said on their website.

Speaking of, the NSW/Victoria border will be closed for at least two weeks, according to authorities. 

Holidays in NSW or Victoria

  • If you're already holidaying, you can complete that holiday 
  • No new holiday travel can be undertaken from 11.59pm on July 8
  • You can't visit a second residence outside the restricted areas

Do I have to isolate in a hotel?

Victorians currently in NSW do not have to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home.

People from the Greater Melbourne area who enter NSW via a border permit need to self-isolate for 14 days, but won't be forced to isolate in a hotel.

Once the border is closed, everyone from Victoria coming to NSW will need to self-isolate for 14 days, unless they live in a border community 'bubble'.


JULY 6 - The NSW border will be closed to people travelling from Victoria from 11.59pm Tuesday 7 July, as Victoria struggles with an increase in COVID-19 cases.

And Melbourne residents will be stopped at the NSW border from midnight tonight - and not just residents from the affected suburbs.

NSW will control the border closures from its side, in what will be a huge logistical operation for health care workers, police and other authorities to manage.

There are 55 border crossings between the two states, which will be monitored by police forces using drones and aerial surveillance, while the four main arterial roads between NSW and Victoria, including the Hume Highway, will have checkpoints staffed by police.

People will be able to apply for permits to cross from Victoria to NSW from later this week. Anyone from Victoria can apply for a permit to cross the NSW border but not everyone will get one, according to NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Fines of $11,000 and imprisonment of up to six months for people breaking the travel ban between Victoria and NSW without good reason will be enforced, according to NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, who said that he has also contacted the Department of Defence for assistance.

"We wouldn't have taken this step unless we absolutely had to," said Berejiklian.

"Please know this is not a decision we take lightly, but during the pandemic, I have always said New South Wales will have a no-regrets policy."

She confirmed that NSW Police and health officials will manage border control, relieving pressure on Victorian resources as the state battles the COVID-19 crisis.

The decision has been made in the wake of 127 more COVID-19 infections in Victoria overnight, and is the result of discussions between Victorian premier Dan Andrews, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday morning.

"It's a completely necessary decision," said Andrews. "There have been lots of conversations between offices, there have been lots of conversations between leaders, and we all agreed that this was the right step to take.

Travel limited outside Victoria

"This is about limiting movement outside Victoria. I apologise for any inconvenience it will cause those who would otherwise have travelled, but this is the right approach to take at this time, given the still unacceptably high numbers of cases."

The news is expected to spark an exodus of people travelling from Victoria to NSW to beat the travel ban. It will also impact travel for NSW school holidays, which are currently under way.

The NSW/Victoria travel restrictions will also affect people travelling to ski fields in both states.

NSW and Victoria Border Permits

It's understood that an NSW border permit system will be applied for essential travel between Victorian border towns like Albury and Wodonga.

"There will be a facility for people who live on those border communities to be able to travel to and from for the purposes of work, the purposes of the essential health services they might need," Andrews said.

This is similar to the border closure permit system in place between NSW and Queensland, though it will now mean that Victorians will need to apply for border permits to cross into NSW. 

Commissioner Fuller said he expects the first 72 hours will be "chaotic" as essential worker travel between NSW and Victoria is sorted out.


The Australian travel plans of thousands of people continue to be disrupted, but the country is slowly moving towards fewer COVID-19 restrictions.

Border crossing is still difficult, and intrastate travel restrictions are being applied in most states including Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Recent outbreaks in Victoria, however, spell trouble.

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Here are the current travel guide restrictions state-by-state.

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July 1 - The continued increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria has affected travel plans for residents in the southern state, particularly into Queensland.

More than 30 suburbs surrounding Melbourne have been placed back into stage 3 lockdown, with residents again instructed to stay at home except for essential travel.

This includes shopping for food, exercise and work/education that can't be done from home.

Further to this, from July 3, Victorians won't be able to cross into Queensland without permits, and they will be required to isolate for 14 days in a hotel that they must pay for.

And NSW has proclaimed that if people from the affected postcodes are found in the state, they face fines of up to $11,000.

NSW health minister Brad Hazzard added that jail time was also a possibility.

"As soon as you set foot in NSW, you'll be exposed to the possibility of six months jail and $11,000 fine," he said.

This has the potential to wreck the travel plans of both Victorian school holiday travellers and those in NSW travelling to ski fields.

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A snowed-in car at Mt Buller, June 2020

The news out of Victoria has also spurred South Australia to backtrack on plans to open the Victoria border on July 20.

"If the situation doesn't change, the borders are not opening," South Australian Health Minister Stephen Wade said.

"We are not going to open our borders to Victoria unless it's safe to do so."

The state has already opened its borders to domestic travellers from Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

NT may reopen its borders to travellers from all states from July 17.

NSW residents are able to take a holiday anywhere in NSW, with intra-state travel restrictions lifted from Monday 1 June 2020.

A number of caravan parks and camping grounds opened from 1 June 2020, but travellers should still call ahead and confirm bookings, while travellers planning to visit national parks should check NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for further information. 

If you're wondering if NSW ski fields will open this winter, the answer is yes, from 22 June.

“I’m very pleased to share that this means we will have a ski season this year," said Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

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"However holidaymakers should be aware that ski resorts will likely need time to put COVID plans into place and you should make contact before visiting.”

The NSW government confirmed that NSW travel will be unrestricted from June 1, which includes travel for leisure and holidays. So if you are looking to book something for the NSW school holidays this winter, it looks like it's possible after June 1.

The only real change is the wording, though, as non-essential travel in NSW is already permitted outside of holiday travel.

However, travelling to Queensland is still restricted, as is travelling to South Australia, thanks to border crossing restrictions.

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Key to the changes, though, is the fact that they must be agreed to by each individual state and territory - in essence, what was announced by the Prime Minister is a guide, rather than a direction.

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Queensland announced it will wind back on some social distancing measures, and this includes going for a drive during lockdown.

It has also announced the end of restrictions around visiting Fraser, Stradbroke and Moreton Islands for day trips - but camping is not yet permitted.

Camping and accommodation — like caravan parks — plus broader travel up to 250km from people's houses are scheduled from a stage 2 wind back from June 12.

Western Australia has relaxed restrictions on non-social gatherings, with up to ten people now allowed. Western Australians can now also leave home for non-contact recreational activities, such as private picnics in the park, fishing, boating, hiking or camping.

However, the state's strict intra-state travel restrictions remain in place.

NSW relaxed restrictions around its beaches, while visiting rules have also eased. Two adults and their associated children can visit other households, but officials urge people to maintain distance and hygiene.

More generally, travel by car is still allowed so long as the purpose of the drive is deemed as essential.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Easter 2020

NSW travel restrictions (UPDATED 31 July)

NSW has imposed travel limitations on people travelling from Victoria, and in particular the residents of the ten postcodes affected by COVID-19 outbreaks.

It will - as discussed above - impose restrictions on people travelling from Victoria into NSW from July 7.

These restrictions currently don't have an end date.

Health officials have warned that fines and jail time will be imposed on people caught breaking the order, which came into place on July 1.

NSW has no restrictions on entry to any of its other borders, despite Queensland and South Australia’s actions to close its borders. We’ll update the page if this changes.

Travellers who arrive in NSW by air from overseas destinations are still required to self-isolate for 14 days in government-controlled lockdown, even if they arrive in transit to another state.

Groups of five people are now able to visit friends, while cafes and restaurants can have up to ten people inside.

Travel restrictions within NSW from July 1

Visiting family and friends at home

  • Up to 20 visitors may visit another household at any one time. The total number of visitors includes adults and children.
  • There is no daily limit to visitors to your home, so long as you don’t have more than 20 visitors at any one time.
  • If you are over 70, you should limit the number of visitors and take care at all times.  
  • You can have guests from any household so long as it does not exceed 20 visitors in total. 
  • An overnight stay as part of a visit to someone’s house is allowed.

Outdoor public gatherings

  • No more than 20 people are allowed to gather outside in a public place. 

Travel and holidays

  • There are no limitations to travelling within NSW. 
  • You may travel to regional NSW for a holiday.

  • Up to 20 people may stay in a holiday home or holiday rental. More than 20 people can stay in a holiday home or holiday rental if they are all members of the same household.

  • If you are visiting a national park camping ground you must book ahead.

Community sporting activities

Community sporting activities, including training sessions, may recommence.

Current restrictions on businesses

All businesses can now open and operate under the one person per 4 square metre rule. 

Under the rules, employers must allow employees to work from home where it is reasonably practical to do so. 


Victoria travel restrictions (updated 31 July)

As discussed above, Victorians will be barred from crossing into NSW from midnight on July 7. WhichCar understands that hotsport-suburb residents will be denied entry from midnight Monday 6 July.

Victoria’s borders largely remain open, though it has applied stricter rules around visiting and intra-state travel, and the rules around the affected suburbs are in play (see below)

From 11:59pm, 1 July, you will not be able to leave these areas for a holiday.

State-wide – restrictions that apply across Victoria 

To help keep our communities safe and reduce the number of people gathered across Victoria, changes have been made to the restrictions. These changes will come in to place from 11:59pm 1 July:

  • Victorians are being asked to use common sense when it comes to visiting friends and family, especially those who are more vulnerable. That means seeing only those you need to – if you need to.
  • shopping centres are required to apply the four square metre rule to limit the number of shoppers. 
  • outdoor markets are required to apply the four square metre rule to limit the number of shoppers. 
  • you can visit a restricted postcode for four reasons: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work – if you can’t do it from home.

If you need to travel through one of the restricted postcode areas, you can. You should plan your trip so that you don’t need to stop in an impacted area unless it is for one of the four reasons. 

Restricted postcodes - restrictions apply to specific areas experiencing a high level of transmission or are at high risk of transmission

Given the increasing numbers of coronavirus (COVID-19) in particular locations and the heightened risk of transmission, Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions will be applied to impacted areas.

If you live in one of these locations you need to stay at home. There are four reasons that you can leave home:

  1. Shopping for food or other essential items
  2. To provide caregiving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  3. For exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household)
  4. Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home

Additional restrictions have also been put in place:

  • you cannot have visitors to your home except for caregiving or compassionate reasons or receiving services.
  • you can no longer visit friends and family who live at another household, except for caregiving or compassionate reasons or providing services.
  • you cannot travel except for one of the four reasons outlined above.

There will also be activity, facility and venue restrictions in restricted postcodes:

  • restaurants and cafes can open to serve takeaway and home delivery only
  • pubs, bars, clubs, nightclubs will be closed. They can offer take away food and alcohol 
  • beauty and personal care services will be closed, apart from hairdressers and barbers
  • libraries and community venues will be closed, except for essential public support services such as food banks
  • religious ceremonies and private worship can only occur online
  • restrictions on the number of people who can attend weddings and funerals
  • indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools will be closed 
  • community sport training and competition cannot occur within a restricted postcode. If you live in an impacted area you cannot participate in community sport elsewhere
  • galleries, museums, historic sites, zoos, outdoor amusement parks and arcades, play centres, indoor and drive-in cinemas, concert venues, theatres, auditoriums, arenas, stadiums, casinos and gaming will be closed 
  • outdoor sport facilities will be closed. Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants plus the instructor
  • holiday accommodation and camping will be closed except for those who reside there for emergency accommodation or work purposes

Primary and secondary school students can continue to attend school for face-to-face learning when it resumes after school holidays.

If you live in one of the restricted postcodes and are currently on holiday you can continue your holiday. From 11:59pm, 1 July you will not be able to leave these areas for a holiday. 

ACT travel restrictions (updated 16 July)

Canberrans are being advised not to travel to the suburbs of Melbourne where community transmission is occurring, and which will be under stay-at-home public health orders until 29 July 2020. 

Melbourne residents are now also subject to a rule that obliges them to self-isolate for 14 days in they travel to the ACT, or they will be denied access to the territory.

Canberrans are also advised to reconsider any travel to other areas of Melbourne. This is particularly important for any travel plans for the upcoming school holidays.

No border restrictions for road travel have yet been imposed.

The state has indicated that there are no formal plans around reducing any of its current restrictions, with officials noting were the territory to open cafes and clubs, it would likely experience an influx of interstate visitors thanks to the lack of border controls.


Queensland travel restrictions (updated 31 July)

Anyone can enter Queensland unless they have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days.

The tightening of restrictions means people who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days will no longer be able to quarantine in Queensland and will be turned away at our border.

This applies to everyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days, except people needed in Queensland for essential activities.

Queensland residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot can return home but will be required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation at their expense.

You must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before you come to Queensland. This will include agreeing to get tested for COVID-19 if you develop any symptoms within 14 days of arriving in Queensland.

Queensland residents must not travel to any local government area in Victoria.

All persons entering Queensland must complete and sign a border declaration stating they have not been to any local government area in Victoria in the past 14 days. Penalties apply for false statements.

All flights will be checked and road vehicle borders will be enforced. Police will enforce quarantine.

A person who refuses testing in quarantine will be subject to a further 10-day period at cost.

The Queensland Chief Health Officer will review levels of community transmission and may impose additional restrictions should new hot spots occur.

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Travel restrictions within Queensland

Permitted from July 3

Private, non-commercial (e.g. home) gatherings of up to 100 with friends and family

Weddings and funerals (max 100 people)

Maximum number of persons at museums, art galleries, libraries and historic sites determined by the one person per 4 square metre rule

Sport, recreation and fitness organisations when following a COVID Safe Industry Plan: resumption of activity including competition and physical contact is permitted on the field of play, indoor sports facilities can open with one person per 4 square metres (off the field of play), and outdoor sports facilities can open with physical distancing (off the field of play).

Maximum number of customers for a business at any one time is determined by the 4 square metre rule.

For smaller venues below 200 square metres, businesses can have one person per 2 square metres up to 50 persons at a time.

The following businesses and areas may re-open with a COVID Safe Plan: casinos, gaming and gambling venues (including electronic gaming machines), non-therapeutic massage, saunas and bathhouses, nightclubs, food courts.

Office-based workers can return to their place of work.

Up to 25,000 spectators or 50% of capacity (whichever is the lesser) at Queensland’s Major Sports Facilities, with a COVID Safe Plan

Concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open and have up to 50% capacity or one person per 4 square metres (whichever is the greater), with a COVID Safe Plan.

Northern Territory travel restrictions (updated 31 July)

Queensland cities Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan have been declared coronavirus hotspots for the purpose of travel to the Northern Territory.

From midnight 31 July, anyone travelling to the Northern Territory from these areas must enter two weeks of mandatory supervised quarantine at a government-approved facility.

The new hotspots join Victoria, Sydney, Eurobodalla Shire and Port Stephens on the NT Government's declared hotspot list.

July 16 - The Northern Territory declared the entire city of Sydney a coronavirus hotspot and will keep quarantine restrictions in place for anyone arriving from NSW capital.

"We will declare all 30 local government areas in greater metropolitan Sydney as hotspot areas for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory," Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

"This means that from Friday [July 17], if there are any arrivals to the Territory from Sydney, or who have been in Sydney in the previous 14 days, they will be directed into mandatory, supervised quarantine and charged $2500."

The NT will still open its borders on July 17, but people who live in COVID-19 hotspots will have to self-isolate for 14 days, at their own cost, upon arrival.

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"Opening the borders will happen dead last, I do not want the second wave to come," NT chief minister Michael Gunner said. 

"Yes we are safe but we are not immune."

The NT was one of the first territories to impose travel restrictions.

Anyone who arrives by air or road into the Northern Territory is required to self-isolate for 14 days, or risk fines of up to $62,000 and even imprisonment.

Remote communities have also been sealed off from all but emergency workers and medical staff.

Travellers arriving into the NT are now not only be forced to self-isolate for 14 days, they will by law be placed in quarantine in a hotel, and will also have to pay for food and lodging while there.

Police currently patrol the major crossing points and are taking accommodation details of people crossing into the territory, while the NT Police force says it will survey smaller crossings to catch offenders.


Western Australia travel restrictions (updated 16 July)

If you're a Western Australian returning from interstate after your application for an exemption is granted, you must self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities will advise you where and how to do this.

If you're flying to regional WA from interstate, you may have to quarantine in Perth before you can continue to your destination.

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If you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident returning from overseas, you will be placed in mandatory 14-day quarantine wherever in Australia you arrive. In WA, from Friday 17 July you’ll need to pay a fee for the quarantine accommodation.

International arrivals to Perth Airport have been capped at 525 people per week, which is around 75 people per day. This to ensure that hotel quarantine is manageable and effective.

Western Australia has gone from one of the more relaxed states to the only one with restrictions on intra-state travel, with the state essentially being divided into nine regions for the majority of the lockdown.

From June 27, 

Western Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed even further, as WA’s roadmap is updated to complete the removal of all restrictions. 

  • all existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule removed
  • gathering limits only determined by WA’s reduced 2 square metre rule
  • the 2 square metre rule will only include staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons
  • removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premises
  • no requirement to maintain patron register at food businesses and licensed premises
  • alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements
  • all events permitted except for large scale, multi-stage music festivals
  • unseated performances permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs
  • gyms operating unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained
  • the casino gaming floor reopening under agreed temporary restrictions.

Depending on infection rates locally, Phase 5 is planned to be introduced on Saturday, 18 July (effective from 11.59pm Friday, 17 July) and will result in the removal of the 2 square metre rule.

It is also expected to see the removal of all gathering restrictions, other COVID-related rules introduced by the WA Government, and the 50 per cent capacity limit for major venues.

Phase 6 was going to include the removal of WA’s hard border with the rest of the country and travel restrictions currently in place for remote Aboriginal communities.

A tentative date for the removal of WA’s hard border was planned to be included as part of Phase 6, however, this was put on hold due to the rapidly evolving situation in Victoria.

When an indicative date is set in the future, it will be contingent on locally acquired infection rates in the eastern states.


South Australia travel restrictions (updated 16 July)

Victorian residents, other than Essential Travellers, are not permitted to travel to South Australia. Checkpoints or road blocks will be set up at all border crossings between South Australia and Victoria.

Travellers must enter South Australia by one of these roads:

  • Sturt Highway, Yamba
  • Wentworth Road, Renmark
  • Mallee Highway, Pinnaroo
  • Dukes Highway, Wolseley
  • High Street, Frances (which terminates at Minimay—Frances Road, Frances)
  • Wimmera Highway, Laurie Park
  • Edenhope Road, Wrattonbully
  • Casterton Road, Penola
  • Glenelg Highway, Myora
  • Princes Highway, Glenburnie
  • Glenelg River Road, Donovans/Nelson
  • Lindsay Point Road—Lacey Avenue, Murtho
  • Summerton Road—Mulcra Road (becomes Panitya North Road), Pinnaroo
  • Wolseley Road—Serviceton North Road, Wolseley
  • Binnum—Benayeo Road, Binnum
  • Shepherds Road—Kybybolite Road, Kybyolite
  • Langkoop Road—Casterton-Naracoorte Road, Koppamurra
  • Derghom Road—Dorodong Road, Penola
  • Mingbool Road, Pleasant Park
  • Caroline Road, Caroline
  • Dry Creek Road, Caroline

Cross-border communities

Essential travellers living in cross border communities can still enter South Australia, however they cannot travel further than 50km over the border into South Australia.

All other states

Travellers from NT, QLD, TAS and WA are able to enter South Australia directly without restriction.

Travellers from ACT and NSW, other than essential travellers, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days after entering SA.

A pre-approval process is now in place for travellers wishing to enter South Australia. The Cross Border Travel Registration should speed up the border crossing process and provide certainty for people who want to enter SA.

Before you travel

If you are planning travel to SA, you should complete the Cross Border Travel Registration at least three days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins.

Your registration will be assessed to determine whether you are:

  • able to travel without restriction (including people arriving directly from NT, QLD, TAS and WA)
  • an essential traveller, with or without self-quarantine restrictions
  • required to self-quarantine on arrival for 14 days

South Australia Police (SAPOL) will confirm each registration and assess them to determine a traveller’s status.

Arriving in SA

There are checkpoints at roads leading into SA from other states, and at Adelaide airport. You will need to produce your pre-approval number at one of these checkpoints. Your arrival will then be recorded by police.

If you are unable to complete registration before you leave, proceed to the border and you will be assisted by police and given an ‘interim status’ while your registration is assessed.

No travellers will be turned away. All people travelling to South Australia can enter, it is only the circumstances and restrictions applying to the traveller that differ.


Tasmania travel restrictions (updated 3 August)

Tasmania has today announced that it will keep its borders closed until at least 31 August 2020.

Changes to gatherings under Stage 3

From 12pm Friday 26 June, the number of people permitted at businesses/activities (other than households) has increased as Tasmania moves to Stage 3 in its Roadmap to Recovery.

Gathering sizes have increased to a maximum of 500 people in an undivided space outdoors and 250 people for an undivided space in indoor premises. Maximum density limits have moved from 4sqm per person to 2sqm.

Where the number of people permitted according to the density limit is less than the gathering limit, the lower number applies.

These limits also apply to sport, exercise and recreation with the move to Level C, meaning the following is now permitted:

  • full contact training
  • full competition sport (contact and non-contact)
  • use of change rooms and other shared facilities.