SA drops hard border with WA, NT

SA drops hard border with WA, NT

Travellers are now permitted to arrive in South Australia from Western Australia and the Northern Territory from today, however the state's hard border with the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and parts of Queensland will remain in place.

While the hard border has been removed, travellers from WA and the NT will still be required to get tested on days one, five and 13 from arrival, with SA moving border restrictions to the two jurisdictions to 'Level 3'.

It is anticipated that, subject to no further cases of local transmission of COVID-19, all border restrictions to WA and the NT will be able to be eased from this coming Sunday.

Meanwhile, a hard border will remain in place for the entirety of NSW and the ACT as the COVID-19 situation in the former remains of concern to SA health authorities.

This hard border to the ACT will stay despite no cases of COVID-19 being reported in the territory, with SA Premier Steven Marshall saying the lack of local transmission in Canberra "confounds" health authorities.

"We know that there are no cases there, we haven't had community transmission in Canberra for an extended period of time, but this in some ways confounds the epidemiologists because we know there's a very porous border," the Premier said.

"We would like to ease the border restrictions that there are between ACT and South Australia, but because of the Delta variant and because of our concerns there, we won't be doing that today."

The border restrictions with Queensland are now varied, depending on where a traveller has been and is coming from, with the Premier saying SA is taking a "nuanced risk-based stance".

A hard border remains in place with Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gold Coast, Logan, Redland, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, and Somerset.

SA has moved to Level 3 restrictions for people arriving from Townsville and those who attended the Big Red Bash at Birdsville, meaning testing is required on days one, three and 13 from arrival.

For the rest of Queensland, the SA border is completely open to travellers.

"As I say, we don't want to have any restrictions in place for one day longer than we need to," Marshall said.

"But these changed border restrictions will keep our state safe."

Updated at 11.48am AEST on 8 July.

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