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COVID-19 mask rules

Masks are no longer required when travelling on passenger transport services in South Australia or on domestic and international flights.

Passenger transport services include:
  • buses
  • trains
  • trams
  • taxis
  • rideshare (such as Uber)
  • other hire or charter vehicle arrangements.
Even when not required, you can choose to wear a mask where you can’t keep distance from others.

Masks give extra protection from catching and spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

Please always be respectful to those who choose to wear a mask.

Remember that other states, territories and countries outside of South Australia may have different requirements for travel and transit.

For more information, visit the SA Health website.

Visiting residential aged care facilities

If you visit a relative or friend in a residential aged care facility, some COVID-19 rules have now changed:
  • Visitors are not required to be vaccinated against influenza or COVID-19
  • There are no visitor restrictions if less than 70% of residents have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
These changes apply to visitors only. Vaccine mandates still apply to those who work or volunteer in aged care facilities.

Other protective measures remain in place such as mask wearing. It is also recommended that you do a RAT before visiting, and stay up-to-date with your vaccinations.

Please note that some facilities may have their own specific rules in place.

For more information, visit

COVID Safe check-in

You do not need to use the COVID Safe check-in on your phone or on paper when visiting:
  • Hospitals
  • Residential aged care facilities
  • Residential disability facilities
  • Prisons.
Check-in data will no longer be supported or retained by the SA Government after 28 days.

We thank all South Australians for playing their part in keeping our community safe.

COVID treatments

Most people who have COVID-19 can safely manage their symptoms at home and recover well.

Oral antiviral treatments are available for people who are at risk of becoming very sick if they catch COVID-19.

Aboriginal people aged 30 years and older with two additional risk factors are eligible to receive oral antiviral treatments.

These risk factors include:
  • People living in a residential aged care facility
  • People with a disability
  • People with a chronic health condition
  • People who live remotely with less access to health care.
Oral antiviral medicines are available with a prescription and work best when taken as soon as possible, regardless of how mild your symptoms are.

Speak with your doctor or health care provider about your eligibility before you catch COVID-19, so you can access COVID-19 treatments as soon as possible. 

More information is available on the SA Health website.   

COVID safe events

While preparing to travel to the upcoming sporting carnivals across South Australia, it is a great opportunity to think about how you will manage any COVID-19 symptoms before, during and after the event.
  • Know where the local testing sites or RAT collection points are.
  • Discuss if you are eligible for antiviral with your health care provider.
  • Practice COVID safe behaviours when travelling to and from the event.
  • Use hand sanitiser and socially distance where possible at the carnival.
  • If you are staying with friends or family, discuss how you would manage if someone developed symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Pack masks, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes.
  • Ensure you have enough of your regular medication for the duration of your travels.
  • Keep up to date with COVID-19 updates via radio and social media.
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