Peter Gutwein, Premier
Yesterday my expectation was clear – unless you are a returning Tasmanian or an essential traveller, you should not come to our state given our strong border restrictions to keep Tasmanians safe and secure.
I have directed TT-Line to prioritise its bookings to ensure that only Tasmanians returning, freight and those travellers who have met essential traveller or exemption criteria, are able to travel. Any non-essential travellers, including Tasmanians, who do return will be subject to the 14 day self-isolation period as is currently the case.
TT-Line will also contact all mainland caravan and motorhome bookings and advise them that if they don’t have a permanent address in Tasmania, they will not meet the self-isolation rules.
Full refunds are being provided for all cancellations and no amendment fees are being charged.
TT-Line, along with Biosecurity Tasmania and Tasmania Police, are enforcing the 14 day self-isolation requirements on all other non-essential travellers both at our ferry ports as well as at our airports.
With the necessary measures to close commercial accommodation, including our caravan parks and camping grounds, we have recognised that there has been some difficulty for visitors in campervans and motorhomes, in particular to organise travel back to the mainland.
TT-Line have scheduled additional day sailings and have increased the capacity on the vessel to assist with getting people home with additional sailings next week.
As a result, this means that the current restriction on our caravan parks for visitors to vacate this Sunday has been extended until Wednesday 1st of April 2020.
We will continue to monitor the demand along with TT-Line to ensure that there is the opportunity for these visitors to depart the State.
Enquiries and bookings can be made via www.spiritoftasmania.com.au.