SA ‘goes first’ and lifts border restrictions for NT, WA and Tasmania

South Australia has fast tracked its return to normal conditions and lifted restrictions on travel between the NT, WA and Tasmania.

Mandatory 14-day quarantines have been lifted for people who arrive from what SA’s calls Covid safe states. People entering SA from NSW and Victoria still have to go into a two-week coronavirus lockdown, but SA plans to open to all states on July 20.

However, none of the so called Covid safe states have so far reciprocated the move.

Premier Steven Marshall told The Advertiser “somebody has to go first”.

“We appreciated that it wouldn’t mean that flights would start the following day but we are having discussions via the Tourism Commission and airport, with airlines,” he said.

“We hope to see them in coming weeks. SA becomes an attractive destination for Northern Territorians and West Australians potentially to travel on roadtrips.

“The lower level of restrictions, and much lower level of infection rate, will make SA a very attractive destination. Hopefully we can move ahead with Queensland very soon.”

Qantas has not put on any extra flights to Adelaide while it monitors the situation.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged the states and territories to follow the stage 3 roadmap sooner rather than later.

“Looking forward to returning to SA to enjoy a locally brewed Coopers,” he tweeted.