New Controls on Truck Drivers Entering South Australia

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Effective July 1 2020, there are a set of new controls on truck drivers entering South Australia. The new mandatory documentation replaces all of the existing processes which truck drivers have been able to use up to this time.

 All truck drivers entering South Australia will have to apply online to enter South Australia.

The new Online Essential Traveller Application is MANDATORY. It replaces existing paper Essential Traveller documentation, which will NOT be accepted at the border from 00:01hrs July 1 2020.

The online Registration can be found on the SAPol website.

SA Police are understood to be providing assistance to drivers at the border with entry applications, if they have not applied online.

new controls on truck drivers entering South Australia

The South Australian Road Transport Association is expecting that initially there will be border crossing delays into SA, particularly if drivers are entering from Victoria.

Drivers will need to fill out the form at least 72 hours prior to arrival into South Australia to allow time for South Australia Police to process an application. Once the application has been processed the applicant will receive an email with:

A pre-approval receipt number that you will need to take with you to the border.

An assessment with ‘single status’ or ‘ongoing status’ approval 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.

Drivers can still proceed to the border and a police officer will assist, but the announcement says that the border process will be significantly faster if your details have been entered before you arrive and an assessment has been made.

Full details about the new border crossing requirements into SA can be found at the government website.