Facemasks

Last Updated: 12 Feb 2021 12:33pm

From Friday 22 January 2021, all persons aged 12 and older who are at a Tasmanian airport, or on an aircraft, must wear a face mask as outlined in Airports and aircrafts Direction. Anytime you intend to visit an airport you should carry a facemask with you and wear it as required (unless exempt).

If you are exempt from wearing a facemask, you will be required to show evidence from your doctor (i.e. medical certificate) upon request by an authorised person at the airport or on an aircraft.

The requirement to wear a facemask applies at all times whilst at a Tasmanian airport terminal. You must wear your mask from the moment you step out of your transport at an airport (e.g. leaving your car or stepping out of a taxi), whilst in the terminal, when crossing the tarmac and for the duration of your flight.

If arriving via air, the requirement will be in place for the duration of your flight and until you are in your transport and leaving the airport (e.g. you have been picked up, are seated in your own car).

You must wear a mask when:

  • inside or outside an airport terminal. This includes saying goodbye and greeting passengers (unless you stay in your car);
  • on board your flight (including during boarding and disembarking, while flying, and when you are on the tarmac); and
  • whilst waiting for your transport or walking to or from your transport (including in the car park).

The requirement to wear a facemask applies at all Tasmanian airports and on all domestic commercial flights that provide passenger transport or tours in Tasmanian airspace.

Private aircraft are exempt, but any person who disembarks a private aircraft at an airport is subject to the facemask requirement.

You do not need to wear a facemask inside a vehicle at the airport (e.g. in your car, a taxi, ride-share or a bus). If you intend to take public transport to or from an airport, remember to maintain physical distancing where possible and maintain hand hygiene.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



Everyone who is in an area of the airport being used for the flying or operation of aircraft (including associated areas, such as the tarmac, terminal and carpark), must wear a facemask. This includes airport employees and non-travellers, for example, people at the terminal to greet, pick up or farewell another passenger.

A person who has medical certification (or other documentation from a medical practitioner) of a physical, mental health, illness, condition or disability that makes the wearing of a fitted mask unsuitable, does not have to wear a facemask.

A child aged 11 years or under also does not have to wear a mask, but is encouraged to if possible.

Yes. You must wear a facemask at all Tasmanian airports and on all domestic commercial flights that provide passenger transport and tours in Tasmanian airspace. This includes interstate trips (e.g. Hobart to Melbourne) and intrastate trips (e.g. Launceston to Flinders Island, or Cambridge airport to Melaleuca).

You must always carry a facemask at airport terminals and on flights, but do not have to wear the mask if:

  • you are eating, drinking or taking medicine;
  • you are communicating with someone who has impaired hearing or who is deaf, and visibility of your mouth is essential for communication;
  • wearing the mask would create a risk to your health or safety;
  • visibility of your mouth is essential as part of your employment or training;
  • you require medical care and this is unable to be provided while you wear a facemask;
  • you are requested to remove your facemask by a person in authority, to ascertain or confirm your identity; or
  • you are required by law to remove your facemask.

You must put your facemask back on as soon as practicable after taking it off for one of the above reasons. Remember – if your facemask is disposable, it is recommended to put a clean mask on. If you are using a reusable cloth mask, then that can be put back on after eating or drinking. See How to wear a facemask properly for more details.

A person who has medical certification (or other documentation by a medical practitioner) of a physical, mental health, illness, condition or disability that makes the wearing of a fitted mask unsuitable, does not have to wear or carry a facemask, but is encouraged to if possible.

If you are exempt from wearing a facemask, you will be required to show evidence from your doctor (i.e. medical certificate) upon request by an authorised person at the airport or on an aircraft.

A child aged 11 years or under also does not have to wear or carry a mask, but is encouraged to if possible.

Acceptable facemasks, as defined by Public Health, includes face coverings that fit securely around the face and are designed to be worn over the nose and mouth to provide protection against infection. It does not include a face shield.

You can use either a disposable (single use) facemasks or reusable cloth masks. Disposable facemasks should be replaced with a new mask if you need to take it off for any reason.

Public Health does not recommend the use of scarfs or bandanas as facemasks.

For facemasks to be effective they must be worn properly. An incorrectly used facemask can cause the spread of the virus.

To use a facemask safely:

  • Keep facemasks in a plastic bag (preferably a zip-lock bag) until you need to use them.
  • Before putting on a facemask, wash your hands all over (including your fingertips) with soap and water, rinse and dry them well. Alternatively, use alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask. Tie it in place or hook the elastics over your ears.
  • When wearing the mask, be careful to only touch the ties or elastics. Don’t touch the front or inside of your mask. If you touch the front or inside of your mask, wash your hands immediately or use alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Replace the mask with a new one if it gets damp. Do not reuse disposable masks.

To remove the mask:

  1. To remove the mask, untie or unhook the loops from your ears and take the mask away from your face being careful not to touch the front of the mask
  2. If your mask is disposable, put the mask straight in the rubbish or in a plastic bag to store until you get to a rubbish bin. If your mask is cloth and reusable, put it in a plastic bag to store until you can wash it.
  3. Wash your hands all over with soap and water, rinse and dry well. Alternatively use alcohol-based hand rub.

For more information visit The Federal Governments Department of Health website.

You do not need to wear a facemask on board a private aircraft, which is an aircraft that is not commercial (i.e. a family/friend’s aircraft; a training school).

However, you must wear a facemask if moving through a Tasmanian airport. This means that upon arrival at an airport for your private aircraft (or upon disembarking from a private aircraft) the same conditions will apply to you as to other people in the airport. A facemask must be worn inside and outside the terminal at all points between leaving your transport (car, bus etc.) at the airport and until you embark your private aircraft.

The decision to make facemasks compulsory in these airports and flights is because of the need to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at these places. Tasmania’s airports have once again become busy spaces. As restrictions have eased nationally people are able to once again travel between states and territories and the number of passengers coming in and out of the state is increasing.

Whilst all precautions are being taken, aircrafts and airports are places of increased risk of COVID-19 transmission. This is because of the large number of people who transit through airports and are in close proximity to one another on aircrafts. The ability to physically distance between people who have come from a wide range of areas is difficult. The wearing of facemasks is an additional measure to help prevent transmission in these places.

All people intending to go to an airport terminal or entering Tasmanian airspace on a commercial flight must bring a facemask with them.

You should have your facemask with you when you leave for an airport, and have it ready to use when you arrive at the airport carpark.

You can buy disposable facemasks at most pharmacies and at a number of other retail stores in Tasmania.

The mandatory wearing of facemasks at airports and on aircrafts is a longer term change to the way we travel. Consider purchasing a small supply of facemasks for your household so that you are prepared for your next journey, particularly if you won’t have an opportunity to wash your masks.

No, you do not have to wear a facemask while you are in your transport to or from the airport, but you may choose to do so. If you are on the bus, you are encouraged to maintain physical distancing where possible and maintain hand hygiene.

Airport workplaces

Anyone who works in a building, structure or discrete outdoor area that is used in connection with the flying or operation of commercial aircraft must wear a facemask. This includes the arrival and departure, or loading and unloading, of passenger aircraft, and in associated indoor and outdoor areas.

Facemasks are not required to be worn in buildings, structures or discrete outdoor areas at an airport that are not used in connection with the flying or operation of a commercial domestic aircraft.

This includes a business that is at the airport site but is separate to the terminal and other aviation areas (e.g. a food or retail business not inside the terminal, a car hire company not inside the terminal, postal collection areas not inside the terminal). COVIDSafety Plans at these venues continue to be required, including promoting and facilitating the COVID Safe behaviours of patrons and guests.

People who work in airport administrative buildings that are separate to a terminal and where entry by members of the public does not occur, are also not required to wear a facemask.

However, any airport worker or aircrew who enters a building or structure or discrete outdoor space associated with the arrival of aircraft, or other areas where facemasks are required, must wear a facemask while in these areas.

Yes, you must wear a facemask in a building, structure or discrete outdoor area at an airport that is used (or intended to be used) in connection with the flying or operation of a commercial domestic aircraft.

Aircrew and airport workers on board a commercial domestic aircraft without passengers (e.g. to clean or reload the aircraft, or while flying to another airport) are required to wear a facemask while on the tarmac and in Tasmanian airspace.

Exceptions for airport workers and aircrew

Airport workers and aircrew who are required to wear facemasks, must wear and carry a facemask unless:

  • eating, drinking or taking medicine;
  • communicating with someone who has impaired hearing or who is deaf, and visibility of your mouth is essential for communication;
  • wearing the mask would create a risk to your health or safety;
  • visibility of your mouth is essential as part of your employment or training;
  • you require medical care and this is unable to be provided while you wear a facemask;
  • you are requested to remove your facemask by a person in authority, to ascertain or confirm your identity; or
  • you are required by law to remove a facemask.

You must put your facemask back on as soon as practicable after taking it off for one of the above reasons. Airport workers and aircrew should follow the guidelines for taking facemasks on and off.