Coming to Tasmania

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2020 5:35pm

The areas where travellers have spent time prior to arriving in Tasmania determine the conditions for their entry into the State.

Border restrictions for travel up to 25 October 2020

The border restrictions for travel up to and including 25 October are determined by whether travellers have spent time in Affected Regions and Affected Premises in the 14 days prior to arrival to Tasmania.

The following restrictions apply to people entering Tasmania if they have been in an Affected Region or an Affected Premises that poses an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission. Read the list of high-risk locations.

All non-Essential travellers, including Tasmanian and non-Tasmanian residents, must have prior approval to enter the State. The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G PASS system.

Non-essential travellers

Anyone arriving in Tasmania who has spent time in an affected region or premises in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania and who is not an Essential Traveller must have pre-approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter the State.

If approval to enter the State is granted, a 14 day quarantine requirement will apply on arrival in Tasmania. This will occur in government-designated accommodation.

Any non-essential traveller who does not have prior approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter the State may be required to leave Tasmania or enter government approved accommodation until they are able to leave Tasmania or are approved to stay by the Deputy State Controller. Leaving Tasmania will be at the traveller’s own expense.

A charge of $2,800 is applicable for people undertaking quarantine in government-designated accommodation in Tasmania. See Quarantine for more information.

Essential Travellers

Most Essential Travellers  who have spent time in a high-risk location require pre-approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter Tasmania. This includes all Essential Travellers who have spent time in an Affected Premises, and category 4 Essential Travellers who have spent time in an Affected Region. You can see the categories of Essential Travellers here.

Essential Travellers who are approved to enter the State after spending time in a high-risk location are required to undertake a clinical assessment including COVID-19 test on arrival. See Essential Travellers for information on the assessment and relevant exemptions.

Anyone refusing to undertake the assessment will go into quarantine at government-designated accommodation for 14 days, or will be required to leave Tasmania. Staying in government-designated accommodation or leaving Tasmania will both be at the traveller's own expense. See Essential Travellers for more information.

Essential Travellers who are approved to enter Tasmania from a high risk area and who pass the clinical assessment are not required to quarantine in a government approved facility. This does not include Essential Travellers within Category 2 (Health Services) or Category 5b (Paramedics and Ambulance Officers). Essential Travellers within these categories who have been in a high-risk area specified as an ‘affected region’ or ‘affected premises’ are not exempt from quarantine requirements and will be required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation on arrival in Tasmania for 14 days.

All other Essential Travellers must wear a face mask when in public and remain in their accommodation unless at work or seeking supplies or medical care. See Conditions for Essential Travellers for a full list of the conditions that must be complied with while in Tasmania.

People coming to Tasmania are not considered to have spent time in an Affected Region if they have only:

  • transited directly through an airport and did not leave the airport except to board a flight; or
  • transited directly through affected region by vehicle to an airport or seaport without breaking their journey, except to obtain fuel.

The following restrictions apply to travellers from within Australia who have not spent time in an Affected Region or Affected Premises in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania. See the above category for restrictions if you have been in these areas.

  • Tasmanian residents, who are not classified as Essential Travellers, are required to quarantine for 14 days at their primary residence.
  • Non-Tasmanian residents, who are not classified as Essential Travellers, are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation.
  • Essential Travellers are not required to quarantine but must undertake health screening on arrival and comply with the conditions described in Conditions for Essential Travellers. The Deputy State Controller may also apply additional conditions. See Essential Travellers for more information.

Read more about Quarantine, including fees payable for government-designated quarantine.

Border restrictions for travel from 26 October 2020

Tasmania’s border restrictions are changing from Monday 26 October 2020.

From this date, areas are assessed as either low, medium or high-risk dependent upon the number of COVID-19 cases or level of community transmission in those areas, and subject to Public Health advice.

Low-risk areas

Low-risk areas are:

  • Queensland
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory
  • New Zealand

Travellers who have only spent time in a low-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania are not required to quarantine. People entering from these areas register their travel and contact details via the Tas e-Travel system a maximum of three (3) days before arrival in Tasmania.

Based on current Public Health advice, travel from low-risk areas directly through medium or high-risk areas (only stopping for fuel) to an airport or seaport is permitted without being subject to quarantine requirements that apply to that area.

Additional stops may be approved by the Deputy State Controller, for example for safety breaks during a long journey.

For more information, visit Low-risk areas

Medium-risk areas

Medium-risk areas are:

  • New South Wales

Travellers who have spent time in a medium-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania are required to quarantine and need to submit their intended quarantine location.

Quarantine can occur in a suitable premises or in government-designated quarantine (fees apply).

The most effective way of providing information about an intended quarantine location is via the G2G system.

If the travel is for identified critical work, health, compassionate or other specified reasons, travellers can seek to enter the State as an Essential Traveller and request a full or partial exemption from quarantine.

Where possible, travellers are encouraged to make their G2G PASS submission at least three (3) business days before arrival and not more than 14 days before travel.

For more information, visit Medium-risk areas.

High-risk areas

High-risk areas are:

  • Victoria
  • Overseas (other than New Zealand)
  • a cruise ship

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area need to provide information to help determine entry and quarantine requirements for travel to Tasmania.

The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G system. Where possible, travellers are encouraged to do this at least three (3) business days before arrival and not more than 14 days before travel.

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk domestic area in the 14 days prior to arrival must quarantine for 14 days in Government-designated quarantine accommodation (fees can apply).

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk overseas area or on a cruise ship in the 28 days prior to arriving in Tasmania must complete 14 days quarantine in Government-designated accommodation, unless they provide evidence of:

  • having completed 14 days in government-designated quarantine in another jurisdiction;
  • having had a negative COVID-19 test on or after day 10 of arriving in Australia; and
  • having directly transited to an airport or seaport in that area and travelling directly to Tasmania when exiting quarantine in a medium or high-risk domestic area.

If the travel is for identified critical work, health, compassionate or other specified reasons, travellers can apply, via the G2G PASS system to enter the State as an Essential Traveller.

For more information, visit High-risk areas.

Changes may occur

Please be aware that the COVID-19 situation can change at any time, requiring restrictions or other measures to be put in place. Travellers should continue to monitor the latest situation at all times prior to travel.