Coming to Tasmania

Last Updated: 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.