Travellers and visitors

Last update: 18 May 2020 9:47am

Leaving Tasmania

Tasmania has introduced tough border measures as part of a suite of measures that help keep Tasmanians safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures extend to people currently in Tasmania who are not residents of the state.

Non-essential workers and visitors should enact plans to leave Tasmania.

Visitors departing are strongly advised to obtain information on border controls that may be in place at their destination.

Accommodation

A number of measures that help keep the Tasmanian community safe from coronavirus now apply to the provision of accommodation services in Tasmania.

These apply to all commercial accommodation operations including hotels, motels, hostels and guest houses, caravan parks (including cabin type accommodation), bed and breakfasts, and Airbnbs.

All accommodation businesses specified above may only provide accommodation and services to those guests who are:

  • Tasmanian workers
  • interstate workers deemed as “Essential Travellers”
  • in quarantine (who must vacate at the end of the 14 day required period)
  • currently residing permanently at the premises; including students*
  • predominantly residing at the premises while their principal residence is unavailable
  • employed or engaged in the operation of the accommodation service
  • visitors with no permanent address aside from their caravan or motorhome^
  • staying for the purpose of employment, education or training (including fruit pickers and working backpackers^^)
  • requiring respite due to illness, disability or as recommended by a medical practitioner
  • staying for compassionate reasons, including due to family violence or end of life visitation and care.

*Students that are residing in commercial accommodation on a permanent basis are permitted to stay on but will require a letter from their education institution verifying their student status.

^Non-Tasmanians whose only residence is a motorhome or caravan must cease travelling and stay either in a commercial caravan park or private premises until further notice. During this time no touring or non-essential travel is permitted.

Other motorhome or caravanning visitors in Tasmania, can continue stay at caravan parks and campsites whilst they await departure from Tasmania if they have evidence of having booked travel to exit Tasmania on the first available flight or sailing. These visitors must then travel on the date of this booked transport.

^^Fruit pickers and working backpackers may also stay at commercial accommodation for the purposes of employment for the duration of their working arrangement, and may travel for the purposes of moving to and from work and other permitted reasons (such as purchasing food and supplies, attending medical appointments).

What does this mean

All visitors and non-Tasmanians that do not fit into the above categories should have been checked out of their accommodation or be holding evidence of having booked travel to exit Tasmania on the first available flight or sailing on which they must travel.

Physical distancing requirements apply to all commercial accommodation facilities.

Future bookings

For accommodation providers unsure on when to accept or retain future bookings, these decisions will need to be made individually by businesses, while keeping in mind that things may change as the situation develops.

People who refuse to leave

If you have information or concerns regarding non-compliance with this requirement, you can call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Emergency accommodation

Travellers who have no alternative can stay in emergency accommodation so that they have a safe place to stay while they wait to return home.

Travellers needing to access emergency accommodation should contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for more information.

Last update: 01 Jun 2020 10:47am

Tasmanian border restrictions

The Tasmanian Government has declared a State of Emergency. Requirements to quarantine for people arriving in Tasmania are in place. Review the full Direction in relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania.

Who does this apply to?

All non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania will be required to enter quarantine for 14 days.

Tasmanian residents (not including King, Flinders and Furneaux Island group residents) must complete their 14 days of quarantine at their residence in Tasmania.

Non-Tasmanian residents are required to complete their quarantine at Government provided accommodation.

Essential Travellers that meet strict criteria and eligible maritime crew will be exempt from the 14 day quarantine requirement but must still comply with listed quarantine conditions directed by the Director of Public Health under section 16 of the Public Health Act 1997.

This Tasmanian quarantine requirement will be in addition to Australian Government requirements for all returning international travellers or people who have disembarked from a cruise ship in the last 14 days to enter quarantine at their point of arrival into Australia.

Additional conditions apply to residents of King Island, Flinders Island and the Furneaux Group of Islands – see more information under 'Tasmanian residents'.

On arrival in Tasmania, or prior to arrival, you will need to complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form. On this form you will be required to identify your place of residence in Tasmania where you will be able to undertake your 14 days of quarantine.

All people entering Tasmania must report directly to Biosecurity Tasmania staff at your port of entry.

Tasmanian residents who feel unwell with a fever, cough, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath or unexpected tiredness will be required to quarantine in a government accommodation facility.

Tasmanian residents who have arrived in Australia from overseas or have disembarked from a cruise ship in the last 14 days will be required to quarantine in a government accommodation facility.

You will be required to provide proof that you are a Tasmanian resident to a Biosecurity Tasmania Officer on arrival in Tasmania.

One of the following documents (either hardcopy or digital format) will be acceptable as proof of residency:

  • Tasmanian driver licence; or
  • Another Tasmanian issued licence or identification type that includes a residential address; or
  • Australian Tax Office Assessment (2018/19); or
  • Tasmanian vehicle registration papers; or
  • Evidence of ONE of the following that must include the address of your Tasmanian residence and your full name, and is no more than six months old:
    • Financial Institution Statement
    • Utility Account (Power, Water, Telephone, Gas)
    • Council rates notice
    • Lease or Rental Agreement
    • Land Tax Valuation Notice
    • Certificate of Title

If you cannot provide proof of your Tasmanian residency you will be required to undertake your 14 days of quarantine at Government provided accommodation for the duration of the quarantine period, or until you are able to produce relevant evidence.

Tasmanian residents must transit directly from their port of arrival to their Tasmanian residence, and must comply with any directions given to them by an authorised officer. This may include the requirement to wear a facemask during transit.

Quarantining at your residence

While completing your 14 day quarantine period at your residence, you must remain within your property boundaries at all time, unless you require medical attention or in an emergency situation.

You must isolate yourself from all others, except from those who you live with. You must not have visitors who do are not household members during your 14-days of quarantine.

You may be outside your house, for example to use garden or patio areas, but must remain within your property boundary.

You cannot leave your property to exercise or shop or for other non-emergency reasons, even if you are planning to be on your own at this time.

You may leave the residence if you require medical assistance or in an emergency situation. If obtaining medical assistance outside the home, you should phone ahead and make sure they are aware that you are currently in quarantine. If you leave your residence to access medical assistance, you must transit directly between your residence and the medical facility. Once the emergency has passed, you must return directly to your residence if safe to do so.

Other residents in the home

If you are well, other residents in the home who have not recently returned to the State are not required to quarantine with you.

They are able to continue to undertake normal activities as required.

However, while they are in the house they should try and physical distance from you as much as possible while you are undertaking quarantine.

All residents should monitor their health carefully while the quarantine period is being undertaken and arrange testing if any household member develops cold or flu symptoms. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, your household must comply with the Direction to Quarantine.

What if there are vulnerable people at my home address?

All Tasmanian residents must quarantine in their own home. If vulnerable people also live at that address, they should try and physical distance from you as much as possible while you are undertaking quarantine. All residents should monitor their health carefully while the quarantine period is being undertaken and arrange testing if any household member develops cold or flu symptoms.

Accessing supplies and services while in quarantine at home

You are not able to leave your house for non-emergency reasons while in quarantine.

Non-quarantining household members should undertake shopping and other services required during this period.

If you do not live with others who can assist, you can use online shopping and other services, ask a friend or contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Home delivery services can be used but you should avoid contact with any delivery people.

Ask a delivery person to leave the items at your front door, if possible.

If you are experiencing any trouble accessing supplies during your quarantine period you should contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Monitoring your health

All people completing a period of quarantine must carefully monitor their health at all times while in quarantine. This is a requirement.

If you develop any cold or flu symptoms you should immediately contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or your GP to arrange testing. You should notify them that you have recently returned from interstate and in quarantine. Follow any directions that you are provided with when you are tested in relation to yourself and other household members.

If you need to access other medical care that is not directly related to coronavirus symptoms, contact your GP as some GPs offer Telehealth consultations. Alternatively contact HealthDirect on 1800 022 222. Please tell your HealthDirect operator that you are currently in quarantine.

If you need emergency care you should immediately dial Triple Zero (000) and advise of your condition as well as the fact you are in quarantine.

Finishing your 14 days quarantine at home

Public Health will phone you around day 12 of your quarantine to check how you are. They will also offer you the option to be tested if you would like to. If you are well with no symptoms at the completion of your 14 day quarantine period, you will be able to resume normal activities. You do not require clearance from health authorities. However you should continue to monitor your health and arrange testing if you develop any cold or flu symptoms, even if mild.

Residents of King Island, Flinders Island and the Furneaux Group of Islands

If you are arriving in Tasmania from a point outside Tasmania (eg from mainland Australia directly or via mainland Tasmania), and are returning as a resident to King Island, Flinders Island or the Furneaux Group of Islands, the following applies to you:

  • You must complete a 14 day period of quarantine at a government managed facility at your point of arrival in Tasmania, whether this is on the islands or on mainland Tasmania.
  • If you have completed a period of quarantine at a government managed facility on mainland Tasmania, you will not be required to complete a period of quarantine at your residence when you return home.
  • If you are a family travelling with children who are aged 17 years or less, or are an unaccompanied minor (aged 17 years or less), you must complete a 14-day quarantine period at your residence on the islands.

If you are returning home to the islands from mainland Tasmania, you have not been on mainland Australia, and you have not completed a period of quarantine at an government accommodation facility, you must quarantine at your residence for 14 days. During this time you must isolate yourself from all persons other than those with whom you ordinarily live with. See other conditions under “Tasmanian residents” for more information.

Quarantine requirements do not apply to residents of Flinders Island or an Island in the Furneaux Group of Islands travelling between these islands.

No resident of mainland Tasmania is to travel to King Island, Flinders Island or other islands in the Furneaux Group unless they are residents of those islands or a Specified Persons (Essential Traveller).

For more you can view the Directions in relation to King Island, Flinders Island and Islands in the Furneaux Group of Islands.

Fly-in, Fly-out workers

If you are a Tasmanian resident returning to Tasmania for a period of leave from work interstate, you must quarantine at your residence as per the above conditions for “Tasmanian residents”.

If you are required to leave Tasmania to return to work before the end of your 14 day quarantine period, you may do so, but must:

  • Transit directly from your primary residence to the port of departure.
  • Maintain a hand hygiene and physical distancing during transit.

If you are travelling to Tasmania for work, you may be exempt from completing a period of quarantine as a Specified Person (Essential Traveller).

Tasmanians who have completed quarantine interstate

The Tasmanian quarantine period is in addition to the Australian Government quarantine requirements.

If you plan to return to Tasmania after having completed a period of quarantine interstate, you will be required to quarantine for another 14 days in Tasmania.

If you are a Tasmanian resident returning to Tasmania for a period of leave from work interstate, you must quarantine at your residence as per the above conditions for “Tasmanian residents”.

If you are a Tasmanian resident you must quarantine at your residence, unless:

  • You are feeling unwell with a fever, cough, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath or unexpected tiredness;
  • You have arrived in Australia from overseas, or disembarked from a cruise ship, in the last 14 days;
  • You cannot provide adequate proof of residency; or
  • You are a resident of King Island, Flinders Island or the Furneaux Group of Islands.

In these instances, you will be required to complete a period of quarantine at a government managed facility.

Non-Tasmanian residents must complete a period of quarantine at a government managed facility.

Can I apply for an exemption from quarantine?

Exemptions based on compassionate or medical grounds are considered on individual merit by the State Controller.

To apply, you will need to complete the Compassionate Grounds Application Form.

The State Controller may issue conditions to your exemption, which you must comply with.

If you arrive in Tasmania without an exemption, you will be required to quarantine until such time that you are advised that your exemption has been granted.

Can I attend a funeral if I am in quarantine?

Applications can be considered for attendance at funerals by people in quarantine.

This would permissible with the following conditions, that:

  • they are well,
  • they wear a mask at all times while out of quarantine,
  • they adhere to physical distancing recommendations and practice hand/respiratory hygiene and
  • they transit directly between their place of quarantine and the funeral and back.

People in quarantine who seek to leave their quarantine requirements to attend a funeral can apply to do so on the Application For Exemption – Compassionate or Medical Grounds form.

Enforcement

Tasmania Police are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Arrivals and Quarantine directions. While you quarantine at home, Tasmania Police or another authorised officer may conduct compliance checks to ensure you are at your property.

Non-Tasmanian residents must complete a 14 day period of quarantine at a Tasmanian government accommodation facility. If you are not a Tasmanian resident, you cannot leave your port of entry and go to previously arranged accommodation.

All people entering Tasmania must report directly to Biosecurity Tasmania staff at their port of entry.

Either prior to or on arrival you will be required to complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form.

Arrangements will be made for your transport to the government provided accommodation.

You will be provided with additional information about arrangements for your quarantine, including, food and other assistance, upon your arrival in Tasmania.

What does mandatory quarantine mean?

While in mandatory quarantine you must stay within the room provided to you.

Further advice will be available in your room on how to access services including medical treatment if required.

Provisions will be made to ensure that your basic needs are met while you are in a government provided accommodation facility. You will be provided with more detailed information about this on your arrival in Tasmania.

During this time you will not be able to have visitors and must not leave the room. If you have needs which are not being met through the information provided to you in your room, then please contact the hotel reception and your request will be facilitated through there.

You will be able to communicate with your family and friends via phone and social media while in quarantine.

Penalties will apply for breaches of the quarantine requirement.

If you are experiencing life threatening medical symptoms please call Triple Zero (000) and advise them of your condition and that you are currently in quarantine.

For more information see:

Information for people entering mandatory quarantine in government provided accommodation in Tasmania

Car at airport

If possible, contact a family friend or relative to collect your vehicle. If this is not possible please liaise with the hotel reception who will work with authorities to facilitate appropriate arrangements. You will be responsible for the cost of parking incurred before your return to Tasmania.

Car at TT-Line

Vehicles will be secured in a facility at the wharf in Devonport. Travellers will be taken to the quarantine facility (either locally or in Launceston) by bus. Arrangements will be made to return people to their vehicles at the end of the 14 day quarantine period.

Costs

The State Government will cover the basic expenses related to your accommodation, including meals and a limited laundry service while in quarantine.

Children

All families returning home from international or cruise ship travel will be required to quarantine in government provided accommodation.

Unaccompanied minors who have travelled internationally or have been on a cruise ship in the last 14 days will be required to quarantine in government provided accommodation. A family member or guardian can quarantine with the minor for the 14 days to provide care during this time.

Food

Meals will be provided to your room free of charge.

Some accommodation with self-equipped kitchens will allow for us to provide you with food hampers so that you can manage your own food requirements. Food hampers are also provided free of charge.

Consideration will be given to food requirements based on specific dietary needs, cultural restrictions and personal preference.

You are welcome to use delivery take away services such as Uber Eats or other take away delivery at your own cost so long as it is “no-contact delivery”. This means your driver can drop your food off without seeing you for example, at your hotel door or at your hotel reception. You must advise your hotel reception if you are expecting a delivery.

Illness

If you need to access other medical care that is not directly related to coronavirus symptoms, please contact HealthDirect on 1800 022 222. Please tell your HealthDirect operator that you are currently in quarantine in government provided accommodation. If you are advised through HealthDirect that you need emergency care you should immediately dial Triple Zero (000) and advise of your condition as well as the fact you are in quarantine.

If your need for medical care is non-urgent but still requires GP access within the 14 days that you are in quarantine, please contact the hotel reception who will liaise with the appropriate authorities to make necessary arrangements. If you require specific medication, please speak to the hotel reception who will liaise with the appropriate authorities to make necessary arrangements.

If you experience life threatening symptoms you should immediately dial Triple Zero (000) and advise of your condition as well as the fact you are in quarantine.

Laundry

Your accommodation provider will provide one laundry service free of charge during your 14-day quarantine. You may choose to purchase additional laundry services, however this will be at your own cost.

You may ask family or friends to drop clean clothes at reception for you. Please advise reception if you are expecting a delivery.

If your hotel has in-room laundry facilities you may use these. Speak to your hotel reception to access detergent.

Fresh linen will be provided by the accommodation provider, but left at your door. You will be required to change your linen in your room.

Pets

If you have a pet travelling with you, they will be sent to a local boarding kennel and you will need to make arrangements through a family friend or relative to collect them. You will be kept informed as to where they are sent. If you are unable to arrange for them to be collected, speak to hotel reception who will liaise with authorities to make necessary arrangements.

Visitors

You will not be able to have visitors and must not leave the room.

Can I apply for an exemption from quarantine?

Exemptions based on compassionate or medical grounds are considered on individual merit by the State Controller.

To apply, you will need to complete the “Compassionate Grounds Application Form”.

The State Controller may issue conditions to your exemption, which you must comply with.

If you arrive in Tasmania without an exemption, you will be required to quarantine until such time that you are advised that your exemption has been granted.

Can I attend a funeral if I am in quarantine?

Applications can be considered for attendance at funerals by people in quarantine.

This would permissible with the following conditions, that:

  • they are well,
  • they wear a mask at all times while out of quarantine,
  • they adhere to physical distancing recommendations and practice hand/respiratory hygiene and
  • they transit directly between their place of quarantine and the funeral and back.

People in quarantine who seek to leave their quarantine requirements to attend a funeral can apply to do so on the Application For Exemption – Compassionate or Medical Grounds form.

If you are currently in the process of moving to Tasmania from interstate, you will be required to enter 14 days of quarantine on your arrival in Tasmania.

If you have evidence of Tasmanian residency (see above) you will be able to quarantine at your residence. However, as per the quarantine conditions, you will not be able to leave your residence for 14 days and must isolate from all others who you do not live with. You will need to consider whether your new home is suitable for you to live in (ie does it have all the items you will need to be safe and comfortable?).

If your new residence is not currently ready for you to live there, you will need to complete your 14 days quarantine at government provided accommodation.

If you are yet to organise your ongoing living arrangements, you will need to seek other accommodation once you’ve finished your 14 days of quarantine in government provided accommodation. There is an exemption that allows people to stay in commercial accommodation if they need to temporarily live there if their residence is not available.

Once you have secured a new residence in Tasmania you will need to comply with relevant Tasmanian public health directions.

All non-essential travellers who arrive in Tasmania will be required to quarantine for 14 days. For non-Tasmanian residents, arrivals will be required to quarantine at a government managed accommodation facility. For Tasmanian residents, they must quarantine at their Tasmanian residence.

Please note that Tasmanian residents are required to transit directly to their residence upon arrival in Tasmania.

Essential Travellers that meet strict criteria will be exempt from the 14 day quarantine requirement but must still comply with listed quarantine conditions directed by the Director of Public Health under section 16 Public Health Act 1997.

Non-Tasmanian travellers, who are not Essential Travellers, will need to have their exemption approved by the State Controller prior to making any booking. Applications can be made on the DPIPWE website.

If you are not a Tasmanian resident or an Essential Traveller you should not make a new booking from Victoria to Tasmania at this stage.

The Spirit of Tasmania is in the process of reviewing all bookings and cancellations may occur.

Cancelled bookings are being refunded, including the fare cancellation fee, regardless of fare type.

Every person arriving in Tasmania from a location outside of Tasmania, including Tasmanian residents, will be required to complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form.

If you are arriving to Tasmania by boat from a location outside Tasmania, or have taken on crew from interstate or overseas in the past 14 days, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days on your arrival to Tasmania. If you are a Tasmanian resident, you must quarantine at your residence in line with the conditions for a Tasmanian resident. If you are not a Tasmanian resident, you will be required to quarantine at a government managed accommodation facility for 14-days.

Commercial fishers and recreational boaters do not need to quarantine if they have not been interstate or overseas, and have not taken on crew from interstate or overseas in the past 14 days. You may be asked to verify this on arrival to Tasmania.

If you have taken on crew or have set foot interstate or overseas, you must contact Biosecurity Tasmania (03 6165 3777 or 1300 368 550) who will assist you with the necessary quarantine arrangements.

There are specific exemptions for maritime workers.

Tasmania has some of the world's most stringent biosecurity requirements to protect the State from introduced pests, weeds and diseases.

Please ensure you are not carrying or importing any restricted items into Tasmania – including fruit and vegetables, seafood, some animal products, plant material, soil and seeds. If you are carrying these items you will need to dispose of them in the quarantine bins provided or declare them to the Biosecurity Officers on arrival.

For more information, visit the Biosecurity Tasmania website.

Biosecurity Tasmania staff are involved in Tasmanian Border Restriction compliance by checking Tasmanian Arrivals Cards to ensure passengers meet Essential Traveller criteria.

Tasmania Police will ensure compliance with quarantine requirements and will also assist Biosecurity Staff with compliance at airports and at the Spirit of Tasmania terminal.

If you have information or concerns regarding non-compliance with quarantine requirements, you can fill out this form.

Being in quarantine can affect people in different ways. You can seek help if you are worried.

See Coping with quarantine for information about what to expect, how to look after yourself and others, and where to go for help.

What if I choose not to travel to Tasmania as a result of the 14 day quarantine period?

If you decide to cancel your travel plans, you may not be automatically entitled to a refund. Where the option of undertaking your travel exists, any cancellation may be seen as a change of mind.

Businesses do not have an obligation to refund for change of mind unless this is provided for in the terms of conditions of the purchases. Check the terms and conditions of your booking and discuss the matter directly with your travel company.

Does my travel insurance cover me if I cancel?

All travel insurance products are issued with a Product Disclosure Statement regarding the scope of coverage and any exclusions. Some policies exclude coverage for epidemics and pandemics.

Read your travel insurance policy’s Product Disclosure Statement and speak directly with your insurance provider to find out more about any coverage.

I’m travelling to Tasmania with a caravan / motorhome, can I quarantine in that?

Travelling to Tasmania is discouraged at this time for non-residents.

Non-Tasmanian residents must complete a period of quarantine at a government managed facility. See Coming to Tasmania for more information.

Tasmanian residents must quarantine in their residence. To be eligible, Tasmanians must prove their residency by presenting documentation that includes their residential address. See Coming to Tasmania for more information.

If your residence is a caravan or motorhome, you may only quarantine in that vehicle provided you are able to comply with the quarantine directions, including:

  • Isolating from all people, other than those who you ordinarily live with; and
  • Remaining in your residence for the quarantine period.

These directions are legal requirements.

If you will be able to comply with these directions while living in a caravan or motorhome, for example you will be parked on your own land, you must complete your quarantine period in your caravan or motorhome.

However, you will not be able to quarantine in your caravan or motorhome if you will be at a location where you will be required to use shared facilities, for example a shared laundry, bathroom or kitchen.  In these instances, you will not be isolating yourself from others, which you are required by law to do. You should therefore quarantine at a government managed facility for 14 days.

During quarantine, you must not travel and must remain in or at your identified residence, at a fixed address for the duration of the 14 day quarantine period.

If you are not a Tasmanian resident, you must quarantine at a government managed accommodation facility.

What do I do if I am sick while travelling?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, let a member of the airline or ship crew know now. If you are in the airport or seaport, contact a biosecurity officer immediately.

Can I leave Tasmania during my 14-day quarantine period?

A person can leave their quarantine (whether in government provided accommodation or private residence) during the 14-day period for the purpose of leaving the State.

They must however:

  • transit directly from their quarantine location to the port of departure; and
  • maintain hand hygiene and physical distancing during transit.

What if I’m from overseas and I’m not eligible for Medicare?

Overseas travellers who fall ill in Australia (and are not eligible for Medicare) often have health or travel insurance.

For those who do not have adequate insurance coverage, Tasmanian hospitals will waive the costs of treatment. This includes waiving payment and debt recovery procedures for ambulance transfers of people suspected to have coronavirus (COVID-19), who are taken to Tasmanian hospitals for assessment.

These arrangements have been put in place to ensure payment issues are not a barrier for people from overseas with symptoms seeking early medical advice.

Last update: 26 May 2020 3:31pm

If you meet the criteria for Essential Traveller status or eligible maritime crew you may be exempted from the 14 day quarantine requirement but you must still comply with the conditions described in Quarantine conditions for Essential Travellers.

You can apply to be considered an Essential Traveller based on compassionate or medical grounds, if your work is identified as essential, or for other reasons considered on individual merit by the State Controller.

See the Tasmanian Arrivals Form, and information and application forms for applying for Essential Traveller status and eligible maritime crew.

Healthcare workers should refer to the Information for healthcare workers and the Individual quarantine exemption application (Health Service). Every healthcare worker seeking an exemption from quarantine must complete an application form.

If you arrive in Tasmania without a quarantine exemption, you will be required to quarantine until such time that you are advised that an exemption has been granted. If you are not a Tasmanian resident, or you are unwell or have been overseas within 14 days or arrival to Tasmania, you will be required to quarantine at government provided accommodation. If you are a Tasmanian resident, and have proof of this, you will be required to quarantine at your residence in Tasmania.

If you are approved for Essential Traveller status then you will need to comply with the Quarantine conditions for Essential Travellers.

I have applied for Essential Traveller status but haven’t had a response

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is prioritising the applications it receives and working through them as quickly as possible. There are a significant number of applications to assess.

If you have not had a response by the time you arrive in Tasmania, you will be required to quarantine until such time that you are advised that an exemption has been granted. If your application is approved for Essential Traveller status during that time, you will be notified and allowed to leave the quarantine.

My application for Essential Traveller status has been rejected. Can this decision be reconsidered?

The State Controller’s decision is based on the evidence you submit. If you have new information that was not included in your original application, then you are welcome to submit the new information and your application will be re-assessed.

Last update: 27 May 2020 4:31pm

The information below is also available as a printable fact sheet


Class exemptions for maritime workers (non-freight)

The State Controller offers the following class exemptions to eligible maritime crew from being required to quarantine in a government facility for a period of 14 days:

  • Class I: Maritime crew ‘signing-off’ a commercial or government vessel in Tasmania.
  • Class II: Maritime crew arriving in Tasmania to join a commercial or government vessel.
  • Class III: Maritime crew who are Tasmanian residents returning after disembarking at an interstate port.

These class exemptions are available to maritime crew of commercial and government vessels who are not eligible for the Category 3 exemption of the Schedule of Specified Persons. These exemptions do not apply to crew of cruise ships.

All classes

Whilst in Tasmania

Whilst in Tasmania, all exempted crew members must:

  • monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, coughing, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath or unexpected tiredness); and
  • practice good personal hygiene, including covering coughs or sneezes, using tissues (disposed after use), and frequently washing hands including before and after eating.

If the crew member believes that they are displaying a symptom of COVID-19, they must:

  • not attend work (if applicable);
  • remain in their residence (or similar), unless to seek medical care; and
  • contact the Public Health Hotline or medical practitioner, to determine if testing is required.

Applying for a class exemption

A maritime vessel, company or agent must apply for a class exemption by writing to the State Controller, with evidence as outlined on the following pages.

This application can be sent to essentialtraveller@dpipwe.tas.gov.au. Applications will take a minimum of three days to process.

Penalties

It is an offence to knowingly provide false or misleading information to an emergency management worker. To do so may incur a fine of up to $16,800.00 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both.

What class am I?

On the following pages the definition, conditions and required evidence are outlined for each of the three classes.

For crew of freight vessels

The following categories are considered Specified Persons, and are exempt from being required to quarantine in a government facility upon arrival in Tasmania:

  • any person who, in the carriage of his or her duties, is responsible for the provision of transport or freight and logistics into, within, and out of Tasmania; and
  • ship crew for the purpose of delivery of persons, freight and logistics into, within, and out of Tasmania, and are considered Specified Persons.

Definition

Maritime crew signing off from commercial or government vessels (apart from cruise ships) in Tasmania in order to:

  • depart Australia;
  • join another vessel in Australia; or
  • for Australian residents, to return to their normal place of residence in Australia;
  • provided that:
    • the crew have completed 14 days at sea, subsequent to the last crew member joining the vessel or last international port of call (whichever is the later); and
    • that no crew are unwell during this period.

Description

This class exemption recognises the time spent at sea as the 14 day quarantine period, starting from the last point at which a new crew member joined the vessel, or the vessel’s last international port of call, whichever is later.

Eligibility conditions

  • The vessel must certify that no crew have reported being unwell during this period.
  • All crew members must have completed the 14-days onboard the ship, as set out above.
  • If a crew member disembarks a vessel that has not completed the required 14 days, they will be required to complete the balance of time remaining at a government accommodation facility.

Evidence must include:

  • how the eligibility conditions will be complied with, for example:
    • certifying that no crew have reported being unwell during the 14-day period; and
    • certifying that the ‘14-days at sea’ period has been complied with.
  • evidence of the company’s or vessel’s COVID-19 management plan or crew procedure.

A strong application may also identify the names and positions of eligible crew members.

More information on how to apply for a class exemption is available on the DPIPWE website.

Evidence required by crew members when disembarking

On arrival to Tasmania, crew members will be required to:

  • complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form; and
  • present to an authorised officer a copy of the Class Exemption letter signed by the State Controller addressed to their employer.

Leaving the port

Tasmanian residents may proceed to their normal residence. While in Tasmania, they must comply with existing Tasmanian COVID-19 public policies, including the “stay at home” and gatherings directions.

They must also monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and practice good hand hygiene.

Crew leaving Tasmania (to return home interstate or join another vessel) must do so promptly, and take the first available flight (or ship) out of the state.

Definition

Maritime crew arriving in Tasmania from interstate (i.e. have not been overseas in the last 14 days) to join a commercial or government vessel (apart from cruise ships), provided that they transit directly from their port of arrival to the vessel and undertake necessary precautions during the period of transit.

Eligibility conditions

To be eligible for this exemption, crew must:

  • transit promptly from their port of arrival (e.g. airport) to the commercial vessel. During transit, they must undertake all hygiene and physical distancing precautions.

Once they are on the vessel, crew members should:

  • use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when interacting with others (port workers and other crew members who will be leaving the vessel for shore leave or sign-off);
  • practice good personal hygiene and cleaning/sanitising surfaces and common areas;
  • use separate facilities to other crew members (where possible); and
  • maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Crew must stay on the vessel other than to complete necessary vessel maintenance tasks.

This class exemption only applies to those transiting from interstate. Anyone who has arrived to Australia within the 14 days prior to travelling to Tasmania must seek an individual exemption from the State Controller.

Evidence must include:

  • how the eligibility conditions will be complied with, including
    • proof of transport to be used by crew between port of arrival and the relevant vessel (eg. booking receipts);
    • how the crew member will be supported to comply with the physical distancing requirements on the ship (e.g. separate facilities, access to PPE equipment).
  • evidence that the vessel that the work relates to is expected to be in that port at the specified time and that the crew member will be able to transit promptly to the ship; and
  • evidence of the company’s COVID-19 management plan or crew procedure.

A strong application may also identify the names and positions of eligible crew members.

More information on how to apply for a class exemption is available on the DPIPWE website.

Evidence required by crew members on arrival to Tasmania

On arrival to Tasmania, crew members will be required to:

  • complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form; and
  • present to an authorised officer a copy of the Class Exemption letter signed by the State Controller addressed to their employer.

Definition

Maritime crew members who:

  • are normally resident in Tasmania;
  • have disembarked from commercial or government vessels (apart from cruise ships) at an interstate port;
  • and provided that:
    • they have transited promptly from port of arrival to port of departure without delay;
    • the vessel they were on completed 14 days at sea, subsequent to the last crew member joining the vessel or last international port of call (whichever is later); and
    • no crew are unwell during this period.

Eligibility conditions

To be eligible for this condition, companies or vessels must demonstrate that:

  • the vessel spent at least 14 days at sea, subsequent to the last crew member joining or last international port of call (whichever is later);
  • no crew reported being unwell during this period; and
  • crew members transit promptly (as reasonably able) from their interstate port of arrival to the airport in order to travel to Tasmania.

If the company or vessel is unable to demonstrate or guarantee the prompt transit requirement to the satisfaction of the State Controller, crew members will be subject to normal quarantine requirements.

Evidence must include:

  • how the eligibility conditions will be complied with, for example:
    • proof of compliance with the ‘14-days at sea’ condition;
    • proof of crew members intended prompt transit (e.g. flight bookings).
  • evidence of the company or vessel’s COVID-19 management plan or crew procedure.

A strong application may also identify the names and positions of eligible crew members.

More information on how to apply for a class exemption is available on the DPIPWE website.

Evidence required by crew members on arrival to Tasmania

On arrival to Tasmania, crew members will be required to:

  • complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form; and
  • present to an authorised officer a copy of the Class Exemption letter signed by the State Controller addressed to their employer.

On leaving the port of arrival

Maritime crew members eligible for this exemption may proceed to their normal residence upon arrival in Tasmania.

They must comply with existing Tasmanian COVID-19 public policies, including the “stay at home” and gatherings directions.
They must also monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and practice good hand hygiene.

Last update: 14 Apr 2020 4:15pm

The State Controller has prohibited any aeroplane or aircraft whose flight commences outside Tasmania from landing (other than in the case of an emergency or with prior consent) at any place within Tasmania other than at the following airports:

  • Hobart International (Strachan Street, Cambridge)
  • Cambridge Aerodrome (115 Kennedy Drive, Cambridge)
  • Launceston (201 Evandale Road, Western Junction, Launceston)
  • Devonport (Airport Road, Devonport)
  • Burnie (3 Airport Street, Wynyard)
  • King Island (Morrison Avenue, Loorana)
  • Flinders Island (122 Palana Road, Whitemark)

Last update: 14 May 2020 4:04pm

Support for Tasmania's temporary visa holders

There are a significant number of temporary visa holders in Tasmania that have lost their jobs and are experiencing hardship due to the restrictions in place to protect Tasmanians. Temporary visa holders are not entitled to income support from the Australian Government.

The Tasmanian Government has announced support for temporary visa holders who are experiencing difficulties.

What is available

There are three types of assistance that will be made available to temporary visa holders:

  • Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants will be made available for those who can demonstrate genuine financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Emergency relief and assistance will be provided through partnered non-government organisations where required. Details of this support and how to access it will be provided here when available.
  • Support to return to their country of origin. The nature of support will be determined once we have a clear picture of who needs help and where they are going. Anyone wanting assistance to return to their country of origin was required to register their interest by 5.00pm, 23 May 2020. Applications are currently being considered and individual applicants will be contacted as these are assessed.

Who is the assistance available to

To be eligible for assistance you must meet the following criteria:

  • currently reside in Tasmania; and
  • currently hold the following visas (see list below); and
  • can demonstrate hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible visa categories:

  • Student visas (Subclass 500)
  • Temporary graduates (Subclass 485)
  • Provisional Visa Holders (Subclass 489 & 491)
  • Temporary Skilled (Subclass 457 & 482)
  • Seasonal Worker and Pacific Labour Scheme Visas (403, 417 & 462)
  • Bridging Visas (Subclasses 010, 020, 030, 050 and 051)
  • Humanitarian Visas (Subclasses 785 and 790)

There is no requirement for you to be in quarantine to be eligible for the Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants.

Other temporary visa holders

If you are not in Tasmania on one of the the seven visa classes listed above (for example Partner Visas) and are suffering hardship without access to assistance, you should register your details through the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 so that your circumstances can be considered.

What support will be available for returning to my country of origin

The State Government will work with the Commonwealth Government, other States and Territories and the airlines to help Temporary Visa Holders to return to their country of origin. This may be, for example, by linking individuals to available flights, working with partners to increase the availability of flights and/or reducing the cost of flights so that temporary visa holders can afford to return home. The exact nature of the support will be determined once the full details of people seeking assistance is available (after 23 May 2020).

How to access this support

To access the Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grant or to register your interest in support to return to your country of origin, call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. All registrations for assistance to return to your country of origin must be received by 5.00pm on 23 May 2020.

What initiatives are already available to temporary visa holders

The Australian Government has announced temporary changes to visa arrangements to help agricultural business access the workforce it needs. View this media release for further information.

Last update: 09 Apr 2020 9:37am

Travel to other countries

A travel ban is in place for all Australians effective 25 March 2020. You will not be able to depart Australia to travel overseas.

See the Smartraveller and Department of Home Affairs websites for more information.

Concern for family overseas

Australians concerned about family overseas should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Consular emergency line.