South Australia arrivals - Frequently asked questions

Guidance
Frequently asked questions about WA’s border arrangements for people arriving from South Australia

Last updated: 24 November 2020 at 9,00am

On further advice from the WA Chief Health Officer, South Australia has moved from a ‘very low risk’ category to a ‘medium risk’ category. This is the highest rating of any other state or territory.

Given this emerging situation, Western Australia’s border with South Australia has been strengthened.

No one will be allowed into Western Australia if they have been in South Australia in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements. These include:

  • 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
  • certain specialists responsible for time critical maintenance where the skills are not available in WA. (excludes FIFO)
  • a person coming to WA at the request of the Chief Health Officer
  • a person responsible for transport freight or logistics
  • anyone who has been given approval by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer (this category includes compassionate reasons and specified arrangements).

Anyone seeking approval to enter WA who has been in South Australia in the previous 14 days will need to apply through G2G PASS.

Questions and answers

The answers to these FAQs are drawn from the South Australian Outbreak Response Directions (No.2) that came into effect at 18:00 on Monday, 16 November 2020.

That document is a legal document and it applies according to its terms. Any person who seeks to enter Western Australia from South Australia must read that document and comply with its terms as well as any processes put in place for determining entry to Western Australia.

 

Who is deemed an exempt traveller from SA coming into Western Australia?

No one will be allowed into Western Australia if they have been in South Australia in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements. These requirements include:

  • 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
  • certain specialists responsible for time critical maintenance where the skills are not available in WA. (excludes FIFO)
  • a person coming to WA at the request of the Chief Health Officer
  • a person responsible for transport freight or logistics
  • anyone who has been given approval by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer (this category includes compassionate reasons and specified arrangements).

Anyone seeking approval to enter WA who has been in South Australia in the previous 14 days will need to apply through G2G PASS.

I am a WA resident and recently travelled to South Australia what should I do?

Most people will not be allowed into WA if they have been in, or transited through, South Australia in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements. If you have submitted a G2G PASS application, you are required to delete your current application (even if it was previously approved) and submit a new application, which will be subject to a higher threshold of entry criteria. The only travellers who do not need to do this are those who fall within certain categories of exempt travellers.

If I am flying from South Australia, will I be able to enter at any airport in WA?

Anyone who is permitted to enter WA who has been in South Australia within the previous 14 days (other than a member of the Commonwealth Parliament) will only be allowed to arrive by air at Perth airport. They will be required to complete 14 days of self-quarantine at a suitable premises.

I have been in South Australia caring for an unwell relative. I would like to come back to WA. Will I be considered for an exemption?

You may apply for an exemption on compassionate grounds, with a decision determined by the State Emergency Coordinator (WA Police Commissioner) or a person authorised by him.

I have been in South Australia for a week on holiday visiting friends but live in WA, will I be considered for an exemption to return home?

Returning to WA from a holiday in South Australia is unlikely to receive an exemption.

However, if you can prove in your exemption application that you will suffer undue hardship or that there are compassionate grounds for consideration, the State Emergency Coordinator (WA Police Commissioner) will consider your application.

I am a WA resident who has been in Darwin for the past 3 days working however, I was in South Australia before that for a week, am I allowed to come to WA?

To enter WA, you must be an exempt traveller.

No one will be allowed into WA if they have been in South Australia within the previous 14 days from 7 November 2020, unless they meet new exemption requirements.

Anyone who is permitted to enter WA who has been in South Australia within the previous 14 days and arrives at Perth airport will be required to do a COVID test on arrival or within 48 hours of arrival.

Anyone who is permitted to enter WA will be required to have a COVID test on day 11 after their arrival into WA or at any point when symptoms develop.

I am a fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) worker but live in South Australia, am I still exempt to travel to WA? Can I still travel to WA as a FIFO worker from SA?

No, FIFO workers from South Australia are not allowed into WA unless they are granted additional approval which is unlikely to be given unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Affected WA companies will need to source their workforce from states other than South Australia.

Other states’ FIFO workers, who haven’t been in South Australia for the previous 14 days, are still eligible to travel to WA for work with the relevant quarantine directions applied.

Why are the rules now in place for only South Australia?

On further advice from the WA Chief Health Officer, South Australia has moved from a ‘very low risk’ category to a ‘medium risk’ category. This is the highest rating of any other state or territory.

Given this emerging situation, Western Australia’s border with South Australia has been strengthened.

No one will be allowed into Western Australia if they have been in South Australia in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements. These requirements include:

  • 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
  • certain specialists responsible for time critical maintenance where the skills are not available in WA. (excludes FIFO)
  • a person coming to WA at the request of the Chief Health Officer
  • a person responsible for transport freight or logistics
  • anyone who has been given approval by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer (this category includes compassionate reasons).

Anyone seeking approval to enter WA who has been in South Australia in the previous 14 days will need to apply through G2G PASS.

I’m originally from WA but have lost my job in South Australia, can I now come home and be with the rest of my family?

Returning to WA after living in South Australia is unlikely to receive an exemption.

However, if you can prove in your exemption application that you will suffer undue hardship or that there are compassionate grounds for consideration, the State Emergency Coordinator (WA Police Commissioner) will consider your application.

I’m a Western Australian but I’ve been working in South Australia and my flight is scheduled in coming days, should I still proceed?

You must apply for an exemption and must be an exempt traveller before entering WA. If you do not have a pre-approved exemption you will most likely be turned around at the border.

Anyone arriving in WA who has been to South Australia (including transiting through the airport) at any point in the past 14 days will be directed to self-quarantine, for 14 days at suitable premises, unless exempt.

Anyone permitted to enter WA who has been in South Australia within the previous 14 days and arrives at Perth airport will be required to do a COVID test on arrival and again on day 11, or at any point when symptoms develop.

How do I find out if I qualify for an exemption? (G2G application)

You will need to read the exemption criteria and apply for an exemption through the G2G website.

In due course, the State Emergency Coordinator (WA Police Commissioner) or someone authorised by him will consider your application.

What happens if I get on a flight without an exemption from SA?

If you do not have a pre-approved exemption to travel into WA from SA you will most likely be turned around at the border/airport.

I have a holiday booked in WA from South Australia, can I still come?

No, a holiday does not meet the criteria for a travel exemption and you will be refused entry into WA from SA.

I have been providing care to a family member in South Australia and live in WA, will I be able to continue to travel to and from WA?

You may be eligible to apply for an exemption on compassionate grounds, with a decision determined by the State Emergency Coordinator (WA Police Commissioner) or a person approved by him.

Anyone arriving in WA who has been to South Australia (including transiting through the airport) at any point in the past 14 days will be directed to self-quarantine, for 14 days at suitable premises, unless exempt.

Anyone who is permitted to enter WA who has been in South Australia within the previous 14 days and arrives at Perth airport will be required to undertake a COVID test on arrival or within 48 hours of arrival and again on day 11, or at any point when symptoms develop.

Does transiting through a South Australians airport (even if I don’t leave the airport) count as being in SA during the past 14 days?

Yes, transiting through a South Australian airport is included as being in SA during the past 14 days.

Page reviewed 26 November 2020