A Tasmanian man has been sent home after he tried twice to enter South Australia in the one day.

The man had been attempting to enter the state via Victoria to see his 11-year-old daughter.

Geoffrey Sollars attempted to fly into Adelaide via Melbourne initially but was stopped, he then hired a car to attempt to drive over the SA border.

He was arrested after he drove through the border checkpoint, sending officers on a short chase to catch him.

Mr Sollars was given a suspended sentence and will now go into a 14-day period of quarantine in SA.

However, as the man could not pay the $3,000 fee for the hotel quarantine, he was escorted on to a plane back to Tasmania.

The man will await his COVID-19 test results in Tasmania.