Be aware! – SA Police border operation

Truck Line Inspection

The South Australian Police will be randomly checking commercial freight and transport drivers to talk about the cross border entry requirements.

These requirements are:

  • All commercial transport and freight services essential travellers into South Australia are required to complete a cross border registration form at least 72 hours before arrival. The online cross border approval form is available here: Cross Border Travel Application.
  • Commercial transport and freight services essential travellers approved to enter South Australia from New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria must produce evidence of having a COVID-19 test, or a COVID-19 test result, that is not more than 7 days old, upon request from an Authorised Officer (e.g. SA Police Officer), or obtain a test within 24 hours on entering South Australia. You should ensure that you obtain and keep proof of testing, e.g. receipt, text or photo.
  • All commercial transport and freight essential travellers who are residents of Victoria must wear a face mask when entering South Australia and self-quarantine in their truck or other private arrangements when not undertaking work-related duties. This is not a requirement for essential freight workers who are not Victorian residents.  All drivers who convey freight are essential freight workers or essential travellers for the purposes of the cross-border rules.

There are no restrictions on travellers who have completed cross border registration from low community transmission zones such as the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania provided that they have not been in any other place than the low community transmission zone within the last 14 days.

There is no requirement for asymptomatic essential travellers to self-quarantine while waiting for test results.

Police Officers at the border will note whether evidence of a COVID-19 test was sighted or a direction to obtain a test was given.

You can use the referral form you received at the border to attend a drive-through testing clinic.

SA Police has advised that some drivers are attempting to cross the border multiple times without undertaking a test and in these instances, you may be denied entry until you undertake a test. That test will not be able to be taken within SA.


Testing Stations

SA Pathology’s mobile collection services provide free COVID-19 testing for interstate truck drivers and interstate travellers requiring swabs. No booking is required. Testing sites are located at:

  • Tailem Bend – Caltex Service Station, 8786 Princes Hwy
  • Open 0800 hours to 1600 hours, 7 days per week. From Tuesday, September 15, these hours will be extended to cover from midnight to 1600 hours.
  • Bordertown – Border Site, Dukes Highway
  • Open 0800 hours to 1600 hours, 7 days per week.
  • Mount Gambier – Border Site, Princes Highway
  • Open 0800 hours to 1600 hours, 7 days per week.
  • Yamba – Yamba Quarantine Station, National Highway, A20
  • Open 0700 hours to 1900 hours, 7 days per week.
  • Port Augusta – Puma Port Augusta Truckstop, Lot 8, National Highway 1
  • Open 0800 hours to 2300 hours, 7 days per week.

Please be aware that testing site hours of operation may vary depending upon staffing availability.


If you need further assistance please reach out to the NatRoad Member Services Team on 1800 272 144 (8.30 am – 5.00 pm AEST, Mon-Fri) or email info@natroad.com.au.