South Australia reopens border with NSW: What to know before you go

Posted: 22 September 2020 1:41 pm

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Borders are lifting from midnight Thursday 24 September just in time for the school holidays.

After weeks of teasing New South Wales residents over a border reopening, South Australia has confirmed it's lifting travel restrictions to the state from midnight Thursday 24 September.

That means no 14-day quarantine when you arrive.

This follows after New South Wales reported no community transmissions on 22 September.

The timing for this restrictions ease couldn't be more perfect. Both New South Wales and South Australia are gearing up for their spring holiday breaks giving families the chance to take off and explore somewhere beyond their backyard.

Then there's the State of Origin to look forward to which kicks off on 4 November at Adelaide Oval.

Time to make those travel plans? Before you do, here's what you need to know about travelling between these states.

All must complete an online approval form

All visitors must complete this cross border travel registration form to enter the state. If you don't, you could be denied entry at the border.

It's recommended that you complete this at least 14 days before you leave your home state. This means that planning to travel to South Australia on Thursday might be a little risky.

To avoid disappointment, fill in the form as soon as you're aware of your travels.

Travel options are limited

Currently, there are only two ways New South Wales residents can enter South Australia: by road across the New South Wales-South Australia border and by air to Adelaide Airport only. Both of which have border controls in place to ensure that anyone travelling has approval to enter the state.

If you're planning to head to regional South Australia, airports such as Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and Coober Peedy are still open. However, none of them is offering direct flights to Sydney yet. It's something to bear in mind before you book as it will make your trip longer and most likely pricier.

On a more positive note, flights between Sydney and Adelaide are frequent with daily options across Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia.

To accommodate the inevitable influx of travellers, Virgin Australia has also announced it's increasing services between Adelaide and Sydney. From 2 October it will up its services from three flights weekly to daily. From 2 November this will further increase to twice-daily.

From 23-24 September, Jetstar is running this sale on flights between the two states to boost tourism. Fares start from $59 each way.

To suss out more dates and prices visit Skyscanner.

Those in quarantine in South Australia will need to complete their time

If you crossed the border before the official opening and are in self-quarantine this is no get-out-of-jail-free card.

You will still need to complete your 14 days of quarantine before being allowed to travel around the state.

Domestic South Australia travel restrictions still apply

When you arrive in South Australia, you'll still have to comply with its current travel restrictions.

On top of the standard physical distancing and good hygiene practices, the state has gathering limits of 20 in a public setting and 50 in private residences.

Activities and restaurants may also have restrictions on limitations and you may wish to book to avoid disappointment.

This article was updated on 23 September with confirmation of the border restriction ease following no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 on 22 September.

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