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Train stowaways avoid serious penalty for border breach

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Four men have avoided serious punishment after being caught stowing away on a freight train out of Victoria.

Four men have avoided serious punishment after being caught stowing away on a freight train out of Victoria.

The freight train departed Melbourne at 10.30pm Monday, bound for Perth.

South Australian police were called when the four men were seen on the train when it stopped at Adelaide Freight Terminal at Regency Park yesterday morning.

Adelaide Freight Terminal

The men - all aged in their 20s, with three from Victoria and one from the Northern Territory - were arrested, charged and refused bail for breaching COVID-19 restrictions.

They fronted court today and claimed they didn't know about South Australia's strict border controls.

Although the toughest penalty for breaching COVID-19 restrictions in SA is a $20,000 fine, the four men avoided conviction and were released on $1000 bonds.

Police say the group will be taken to a city hotel and - pending their COVID test results - will either immediately be sent back to Victoria if negative or remain here for treatment if positive.

Current restrictions in South Australia

South Australia is not permitting any travellers from Victoria into the state, unless they are essential.

Travellers from the Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia can enter South Australia directly without restriction, however anyone from the Australian Capital Territory or New South Wales, who isn't an essential traveller, is required to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Freight Terminal

There are road checkpoints at all border thoroughfares into South Australia, as well as police patrolling airports and other transport terminals.

There is a cross-border travel register that must be filled out at least three days prior to travelling into South Australia and must specify your reason for entering the state. 

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People arriving from overseas are required to enter a supervised 14-day self-isolation and as of July 18, this will cost $3000 for one adult, $1000 per additional adult from the same group and $500 per child.

You can  get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the App Store, Google Play and the Government's WhatsApp channel.

Beyond Blue's Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is a 24/7 service free of charge to all Australians. Visit the site here or call 1800 512 348.

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Source: 9News

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