Two men have been fined after they were caught allegedly trying to sneak across the border from Victoria into South Australia without doing the mandatory two-week quarantine.
The pair, aged 23 and 18, were first stopped by officers at the checkpoint on the Dukes Highway at Bordertown around 4am yesterday.
Police say the men had failed to complete the online application and were deemed to be “non-essential travellers”, therefore they were told that they would need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days if they wished to enter the state.
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According to officers, the pair allegedly opted to turn around and return to Victoria.
However, about 12 hours later, police located the same van bogged on a dirt road near Pinehill Road at Senior with the same two men inside.
“Police will allege the pair had briefly returned to Victoria before re-entering South Australia bypassing the border checkpoint and travelling along back roads towards Bordertown,” SA Police said in a statement.
The Victorian men were both issued with a $1060 on the spot fine for failing to comply with a direction under the Emergency Management Act 2004.
The pair were given the option again to self-isolate for 14 days or return to Victoria, and according to police “they wisely chose the latter option and were escorted back over the border.”
It comes as similar border measures come into effect in Queensland today, banning anyone from Victoria from entering the state unless they quarantine for 14 days.