WA introduces hard border with South Australia

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Western Australia to introduce a hard border with South Australia from 12:00pm, Thursday 22 July.
A map of the east coast of Australia with text alongside that reads "SA: Changes to entry requirements"

Following updated health advice, South Australia will transition from a 'low risk' state to a ‘medium risk’ state under WA’s controlled border, effective at 12:00pm, Thursday 22 July.

Travel from South Australia will no longer be permitted, unless you are an approved traveller. This also applies to anyone who may have been in South Australia since Thursday July 8 and has not completed 14 days of quarantine in a lower risk jurisdiction.

The approval list is limited to:

  • certain senior Government officials
  • certain active military personnel
  • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament
  • a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth
  • a person carrying out a limited range of specialist functions
  • a person given approval by State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.

The final category includes compassionate reasons - including those Western Australians that may have travelled to South Australia recently and need to return to WA. People who have recently travelled to South Australian are urged to return to WA now. 

Approved travellers arriving to WA after 12.00pm, Thursday July 22 must:

  • self-quarantine in a suitable premises for 14 days
  • present for an initial COVID-19 test within 48 hours
  • present for a COVID-19 test if any symptoms develop during quarantine
  • present for a COVID-19 test on day 12 after arrival in WA (if still in WA). 

Anyone who has recently arrived from South Australia prior to the hard border should continue to comply with their existing Directions, under the 'low risk' settings provided to them upon entry to the state.

Recent arrivals into Western Australia are asked to continue to monitor the South Australian exposure sites (external link).

Self-quarantine is not necessary for anyone who has come into contact with someone who recently arrived from South Australia and COVID-19 testing is only required if symptoms develop.

Anyone who is unwell or experiencing symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine until they return a negative test result.

For more information, visit the Controlled border page.

Page reviewed 22 July 2021