Travellers and visitors

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2020 9:59am

Last update: 07 Apr 2020 5:51pm

Tasmanian border restrictions

The Tasmanian Government has declared a State of Emergency. Strict requirements to self-isolate in government provided accommodation are now in place.

Who does this apply to?

All non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania will be required to enter self-isolation for 14 days in government provided accommodation on arrival in Tasmania.

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

This Tasmanian self-isolation requirement will be in addition to Australian Government requirements for all returning international travellers and specified cruise passengers to enter self-isolation at their point of arrival into Australia.

What does this mean?

You cannot leave your port of entry and go to your private residence or previously arranged accommodation. All people entering Tasmania must report directly to Biosecurity Tasmania staff at your port of entry.

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 self-isolation, including about food and other assistance, upon your arrival in Tasmania.

What does mandatory self-isolation mean?

While in mandatory self-isolation 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 for the duration of your 14 day self-isolation. 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 self-isolation.

Penalties will apply for breaches of the self-isolation 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 self-isolation.

For more information see

Information for people entering mandatory self-isolation in government provided accommodation

Costs

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

As per the Order on mandatory isolation for people entering Tasmania, all families returning home from international or cruise ship travel will be required to isolate in government provided accommodation.

Families returning to Tasmania as residents with children aged 17 and under (who have not returned from a cruise ship or international travel) do not need to isolate in a government provided accommodation. Instead, they must self-isolate in their primary residence for the mandatory 14 day period.

Unaccompanied minors (children and young people aged 17 and under) are also exempt from isolating in government provided accommodation (who have not returned from a cruise ship or international travel). They must instead self-isolate in their primary residence in Tasmania for the mandatory 14 days.

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

Food

The accommodation facility will provide meals 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.

Both the in-room meals or food hampers will be provided free of charge.

Please speak to your accommodation reception if you have any food or other allergies.

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

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

Your accommodation provider will provide one laundry service free of charge during your 14-day self-isolation. 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.

Car at airportIf 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-LineVehicles will be secured in a facility at the wharf in Devonport. Travellers will be taken to the isolation 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 isolation period.
PetsIf 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.

Moving to Tasmania

If you are currently in the process of moving to Tasmania from interstate, you will be required to enter 14 days of self-isolation in government-provided accommodation upon entry to Tasmania.

If you have already organised a place to live (either purchased a property or organised to rent a property) you will need to start living there once you’ve finished your 14 day self-isolation period in government accommodation, and comply with the directions to remain in your primary residence.

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 self-isolation 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 primary residence is not available.

Once you have secured a new primary residence in Tasmania you will need to comply with the directions to remain in your primary residence.

Important information for people travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania

Effective immediately the Premier of Tasmania has directed Spirit of Tasmania to prioritise its bookings for returning Tasmanian residents, freight and those travellers who have met the Essential Traveller criteria and are able to travel to Tasmania

All non-essential travellers, including Tasmanians, who arrive in Tasmania will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Essential Travellers that meet strict criteria will be exempt from the 14 day self-isolation requirement but must still comply with listed self-isolation 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 DPIPWE 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.

Cruise ships

All cruise ship visits to Tasmanian ports have been suspended until 30 June 2020.

Travelling to King Island, Flinders Island or other islands in the Furneaux Group

No residents of mainland Tasmania are to travel to King Island, Flinders Island or other islands in the Furneaux Group unless they are residents of those islands or Specified Persons outlined in the schedule.

Any resident of the islands returning to the island from mainland Tasmania are to self-isolate for 14 days, from contact with all persons other than persons with who they ordinarily reside.

Self-isolation requirements do not apply to residents of the islands travelling between the islands.

Fly-in-fly-out workers

Unless the FIFO worker is captured under the Essential Traveller classification, they will need to self-isolate in government provided accommodation for 14 days.

People who travel interstate for work but who ordinarily reside in Tasmania can apply for Essential Traveller status if they can provide evidence that the requirement to enter 14 days of self-isolation in government provided accommodation upon entry to Tasmania would lead to an unusual, undeserved or disproportionate hardship.

Commercial fishers and recreational boaters

Any recreational vessel arriving into Tasmanian waters from interstate is required to contact the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 immediately on arrival, prior to anyone disembarking from the vessel.

The vessel will then be directed as to the self-isolation requirements that will apply to those on board the vessel.

Tasmania Police will ensure compliance with the self-isolation measures, helping people to access support and follow up to ensure the process is adhered to.

These requirements also apply to any Domestic Commercial Vessel (DCV) whose arrival into Tasmania does not occur through a regulated TasPorts port where submission of Vessel Movement Advice (VMA) is a requirement.

Breaching the self-isolation process, including declaration of the vessel’s arrival, may incur a penalty of up to $16,800.

Commercial fishers and recreational boaters do not need to self-isolate if they have not set foot interstate or overseas, and have not taken on crew from interstate and overseas in the past 14 days.

Biosecurity

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.

Compliance

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 self-isolation requirements and will also assist Biosecurity Staff with compliance at airports and at the Spirit of Tasmania terminal.

I have information / concerns about non-compliance with self-isolation requirements

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

Last update: 07 Apr 2020 10:49am

The Tasmanian Government has declared a State of Emergency. Strict requirements to self-isolate in government provided accommodation are now in place.

Who does this apply to?

Every person arriving in Tasmania, including Tasmanian residents, (with the exception of Essential Travellers) are required to enter a 14 day period of self-isolation in government provided accommodation on arrival in Tasmania. This Tasmanian self-isolation requirement will be in addition to Australian Government requirements for all returning international travellers and specified cruise passengers to enter self-isolation at their point of arrival into Australia.

What does this mean?

You cannot leave your port of entry and go to your private residence or previously arranged accommodation. All people entering Tasmania must report directly to Biosecurity Tasmania staff at your port of entry.

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 self-isolation upon your arrival in Tasmania. Further information about food, assistance and other information will be provided to you on arrival in Tasmania

What does mandatory self-isolation mean?

While in mandatory self-isolation you must stay within the room provided to you. Further advice is 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 for the duration of your 14 day self-isolation. 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 self-isolation. Penalties will apply for breaches of the self-isolation requirement.

If you have applied to the State Controller to be considered for Essential Traveller status and your application has not been approved by the time you arrive in Tasmania, you must begin the mandatory 14 days of quarantine until your application has been approved.

If you are experiencing life threatening medical symptoms please call 000 and advise them of your condition and that you are currently in self-isolation.

What if I am travelling with children?

As per the order on mandatory isolation for people entering Tasmania, all families returning home from international or cruise ship travel will be required to isolate in government provided accommodation.

Families returning to Tasmania as residents with children aged 17 and under (who have not returned from a cruise ship or international travel) do not need to isolate in a government provided accommodation. Instead, they must self-isolate in their primary residence for the mandatory 14 day period.

What about unaccompanied minors?

All interstate and international visitors to Tasmania must complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form. This can be completed online before arriving in Tasmania or upon arrival at terminals in Tasmania.

All Non-Essential Travellers arriving in Tasmania will be required to enter self-isolation for 14 days in government provided accommodation on arrival in Tasmania.

If you meet the criteria for Essential Traveller status you may be exempted from the 14 day self-isolation requirement but you must still comply with the listed isolation conditions in the direction made by the Director of Health under Section 16 of the Public Health Act 1997.

You may apply for an individual assessment for 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 DPIPWE website for the Tasmanian Arrivals Form and Essential Traveller Status Forms.

Last update: 09 Apr 2020 9:52am

What if I choose not to travel to Tasmania as a result of the 14 day self-isolation 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 self-isolate in that?

No. Every person arriving in Tasmania, including Tasmanian residents, (with the exception of Essential Travellers) are required to enter a 14 day period of self-isolation in government provided accommodation on arrival.

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.

If I’ve already completed 14 days isolation interstate, do I need to complete another 14 days self-isolation in Tasmania?

Yes, you will need to complete another 14 days in self-isolation. This is because you may have been exposed to the virus through your travel to Tasmania.

Can I leave Tasmania during my 14-day isolation period in a government accommodation facility?

A person cannot leave their isolation in government provided accommodation during the 14-day period for the purpose of leaving the State as transit would involve exposure of other people.

There is a provision in the Direction for very specific reasons for a person to be permitted to leave their place of isolation but not for the purpose of leaving the State (unless otherwise exempted by the Director of Public Health).

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: 07 Apr 2020 5:54pm

Essential Travellers

If you meet the criteria for Essential Traveller status you may be exempted from the 14 day self-isolation requirement but you must still comply with the conditions described in Self-isolation 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.

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

If you arrive in Tasmania without an exemption, you will be required to self-isolate in government provided accommodation until such time that you are advised that an exemption has been granted.

If you are approved for Essential Traveller status then you will need to comply with the Self-isolation 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 self-isolate in government provided accommodation. If your application is approved for Essential Traveller status during that time, you will be notified and allowed to leave the self-isolation.

My application for Essential Traveller status has been rejected, do I have a right of appeal

If you believe there is further information that should be considered by the process, you can re-submit an application for that further information to be considered. You will be required to remain in government provided accommodation while it is considered.

Last update: 08 Apr 2020 10:48am

If your travel to Tasmania is for work that is essential for the proper functioning of the state you should indicate this on your arrivals form.

Essential Traveller categories

1. National and State Security and Governance

a. Any Government senior official who in the carriage of his or her duties is responsible for the safety of the Nation or Tasmania against threats such as terrorism, war, or espionage, and is required to be present in Tasmania for such purposes; and

b. Active Military personnel required to be on duty in Tasmania while in Tasmania; and

c. A member of the Commonwealth Parliament who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania.

2. Health Services

a. A clinician in relation to health who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania and who is requested by the Secretary of the Department of Health, or his or her delegate, to return to Tasmania to present for duty in Tasmania; and

b. A clinician in relation to health who is requested by the Secretary of the Department of Health, or his or her delegate, to present for duty in Tasmania to perform, during the period in which the person will be present in Tasmania, duties unable to be appropriately performed by a person ordinarily resident in Tasmania.

3. Transport, freight and logistics

a. Any person who in the carriage of his or her duties is responsible for provision of transport or freight and logistics into, within and out of Tasmania; and

b. Flight Crew and ship crew-for the purpose of delivery of persons, freight or logistics into, within and out of Tasmania.

4. Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses

a. Any specialists required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations where the appropriate skills are not available in Tasmania, where the service is time-critical and where the provision of the service requires that the person be physically present in Tasmania;

b. Any person who, in the carriage of his or her duties, is responsible, while in Tasmania, for critical maintenance or repair of infrastructure critical to Tasmania; and

c. Any person travelling from Antarctica directly to Tasmania.

5. Paramedics and ambulance officers

a. A paramedic, or an officer of Ambulance Tasmania, each within the meaning of the Ambulance Service Act 1982, who is returning to Tasmania as soon as practicable after providing medical transport to a patient or who is returning to Tasmania while providing medical transport to a person; and

b. A paramedic, or an officer of Ambulance Tasmania, each within the meaning of the Ambulance Service Act 1982, who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania and who is requested by the Commissioner of Ambulance Services, or his or her delegate, to return to Tasmania to present for duty in Tasmania.

6. Other persons, or class of persons that are:

Exempted by the State Controller:

a. Any other person, or member of a class of persons, in relation to whom, in the opinion of the State Controller, self-isolation would lead to an unusual, undeserved or disproportionate hardship; and

b. Any other person, or member of a class of persons, who, in the opinion of the State Controller, is essential for the proper functioning of Tasmania.

Assessed on an individual basis via application e.g.

a. Compassionate grounds e.g. a person is travelling to Tasmania to visit a terminally ill relative.

b. Medical grounds e.g. a person who travels to and from Tasmania to receive essential medical treatment on the mainland.

c. Other reasons considered on individual merit.

Strict self-isolation conditions also apply to Essential Travellers in Tasmania.

Last update: 07 Apr 2020 2:39pm

All Non-Essential Travellers arriving in Tasmania will be required to enter self-isolation for 14 days in government provided accommodation on arrival in Tasmania.

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

If you are an Essential Traveller you must:
  • Sleep in a single room and not reside in a shared room or dormitory style accommodation if you are staying overnight. If you are a Tasmanian resident, this can be done in your primary residence.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath and unexpected tiredness.

If symptoms develop:

  • remove yourself from the workplace or public place and self-isolate;
  • contact a GP or the Public Health Hotline (1800 671 738) to get medical advice or arrange testing.

When you are away from your accommodation/room, apply social distancing measures. You must only be within 1.5 metres of another person to:

  • obtain life essential supplies or services that cannot be readily obtained online;
  • be tested or assessed for infection by COVID-19, or seek medical advice; or
  • carry out a compassionate purpose eg to visit a dying close relative in hospital or other care setting, if your Essential Traveller status is based on compassionate grounds.

Practice strict cough and sneeze hygiene, including covering mouth and nose, the use and disposal of disposable tissues, and washing hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or a hand-sanitiser.

In addition, all Essential Healthcare workers or Essential Travellers that are coming into contact with vulnerable persons must:

  • At a minimum – wear a surgical mask at all times when engaged in the provision of health services or health care to persons or in a health care or residential care setting, or when in close proximity to a vulnerable person; or
  • Wear the personal protective equipment that is normally worn during such contact by health care or residential care workers for the service being delivered.

You may apply for an Essential Traveller status by completing an online form or emailing a completed form to essentialtravellers@dpipwe.tas.gov.au. Health care workers may apply by emailing health.exempttraveller@health.tas.gov.au.

Last update: 08 Apr 2020 12:44pm

All travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days unless they meet Essential Traveller or exemption criteria and have received official communication stating that they are exempt.

This page provides guidance on Tasmanian border restrictions for public and private health workers on the existing exemption categories and the process for seeking exemption from self-isolation requirements.

Every health care worker seeking an exemption from quarantine must complete an application form.

Current exempt categories

Health services

  • A clinician in relation to healthcare who is ordinarily a resident in Tasmania and who is requested by the Secretary of the Department of Health, or his or her delegate, to return to Tasmania to present for duty in Tasmania.
  • A clinician in relation to healthcare who is requested by the Secretary of the Department of Health, or his or her delegate, to present for duty in Tasmania to perform, during the period in which the person will be present in Tasmania, duties unable to be appropriately performed by a person ordinarily resident in Tasmania.

An emergency service worker

  • A paramedic, or an officer of Ambulance Tasmania within the meaning of the Ambulance Service Act 1982, who is returning to Tasmania as soon as practicable after providing medical transport to a patient or who is returning to Tasmania while providing medical transport to a person;
  • A paramedic, or an officer of Ambulance Tasmania within the meaning of the Ambulance Service Act 1982, who is ordinarily a resident in Tasmania and who is requested by the Commissioner of Ambulance Services, or his or her delegate, to return to Tasmania to present for duty in Tasmania.

Further information about these exemptions

These exemptions only apply to clinicians, which means health professional workers including medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals.

These exemptions also only apply to Tasmanian residents, or interstate residents requested or approved by the Secretary to perform healthcare duties in Tasmania during this State of Emergency.

Process to make an exemption application

To apply, complete an online application form and email it to health.exempttraveller@health.tas.gov.au. You should fill out the application form at least 24 hours prior to your arrival in Tasmania.

Your exemption will only be granted for the purposes of carrying out the health services in your initial application. If you wish to do any additional services, you will need to reapply for an exemption for those additional services.

How will my application be assessed?

Each individual must complete a separate application form and each case will be assessed on its merits by the Secretary or Secretary’s delegate. Sufficient information must be provided to enable an assessment to be made.

Applications must disclose any risk factors applying to persons seeking exemption, including their recent travel history, possible contact with persons exposed to COVID-19 and any other relevant information.

The decision on the application will consider how essential the person is to the health system in Tasmania.

What do I do once I fill out the form?

If you have arrived in Tasmania without an exemption, you are required to isolate yourself until such time that you are advised by the Secretary or Secretary’s delegate that an exemption has been granted by the Secretary of Health.

You will receive a notification from the Secretary or Secretary’s delegate advising of the decision on your application and any further quarantine instructions that you must follow.

You must not present for work until you have received notification from the Secretary or Secretary's delegate approving your exemption from quarantine.

If your application is approved, you must use Personal Protective Equipment as per the requirements for the type of work you are engaged in, or as directed by the Tasmanian Director of Public Health. You must also practice with a high degree of caution and practice hand hygiene and social distancing whilst conducting your essential business.

When you are not carrying out approved work duties you should uphold self-isolation standards for 14 days from arrival in Tasmania including staying at home or in your hotel and strictly apply social distancing and hygiene requirements. Do not go to public places, including schools, childcare, university, shops, or public gatherings. Only people who usually live with you should be in the home. Do not see visitors.

Additional exempt categories

Organ donation retrieval / medical retrieval

Individuals working with interstate retrieval teams, including air ambulance retrievals and organ retrieval teams visiting the state to harvest organs. If approved, precautions will be specified as mandatory to minimise interactions with local residents/health care workers, such as infection control procedures, use of electronic transfer of patient records and handover documentation.

Longer stay visitors / returning local health care workers

  • Frontline healthcare workers in professions considered to be a priority by the applicant’s employing health organisation or the Department of Health.
  • Priority professions (depending on working destination) include medicine, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine and pharmacy.
  • Other front-line healthcare workers where there is an immediate need to commence work to preserve service continuity. This could include radiation therapists, radiographers, medical scientists, anaesthetic technicians and allied health professionals.

Students on clinical placement

  • Allied health professional students ordinarily residents in Tasmania where placement is an essential requirement for approved (accredited) program of study.
  • Students undertaking immediate workforce entry will need to be managed to mitigate risk to other staff, patients and the general community such as minimal interactions with staff and patients (especially vulnerable patients) for 14 days, strict infection control procedures, out of work hours isolation from the general community.

Last update: 25 Mar 2020 7:16pm

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.

Last update: 25 Mar 2020 6:47pm

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 the following airports:

  • Hobart International
  • Cambridge Aerodrome
  • Launceston
  • Devonport
  • Burnie
  • King Island
  • Flinders Island

Last update: 07 Apr 2020 10:00am

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”
  • self-isolating (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 (such as fruit pickers, working backpackers^^)
  • for compassionate reasons, including due to an emergency, family violence or vulnerability.

*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 essential matters (such as purchasing food essential 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.

Social 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.

Emergency accommodation will be made available to travellers who are affected by the changes to accommodation facilities in Tasmania.

Travellers should contact accommodation providers to confirm arrangements for the duration of their stay.

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