High-risk areas

Last Updated: 01 Dec 2020 4:48pm

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.

High-risk areas - Domestic

If approved, travellers who have spent time in a high-risk domestic area in the 14 days prior to arrival will be subject to conditions including 14 days quarantine in government-designated accommodation (fees can apply). Read more about Quarantine.

High-risk area - Overseas

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk overseas area (excluding New Zealand) or on a cruise ship in the 28 days prior to arriving in Tasmania require pre-approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter Tasmania. The most effective way of seeking this pre-approval is to make a G2G PASS submission under ‘Category 8: Other persons, or classes of persons, approved by the Deputy State Controller.

These travellers will be required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation for 14 days when they arrive in Tasmania, unless they provide evidence of:

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

Travellers from a high-risk area who arrive in Tasmania without required approvals may be required to leave Tasmania or enter government-designated quarantine accommodation until they are able to leave Tasmania or are approved to stay by the Deputy State Controllers. Leaving Tasmania will be at the traveller’s own expense.

New processes are in place at Tasmanian airports and seaports to protect the health and safety of visitors and the community. Travellers are asked to be patient as border staff work to ensure their entry to Tasmania is as efficient as possible.

Essential Travellers

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania and whose travel is for identified critical work, health, compassionate or other specified reasons can seek to enter the State as an Essential Traveller.

Most Essential Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area require pre-approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter Tasmania.

The most effective way of seeking Essential Traveller status is via the G2G system.

Essential Travellers are subject to conditions which can include quarantine, testing or providing evidence of testing and monitoring their health.

Read more about the Essential Traveller process.

Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) expeditioners and associated crew

Antarctica is considered an overseas location. This means that any person who has spent time in Antarctica in the 28 days prior to arriving in Tasmania will be required to enter government-designated accommodation unless they meet the definition of a low-risk Antarctic arrival.

A low-risk Antarctic arrival is defined by the Deputy State Controller as:

A person who arrives in Tasmania from Antarctica and is a participant in an Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) Antarctic program as either an expeditioner or associated crew member (including flight crew), provided that:

  • in the 28 days prior to arriving in Tasmania from Antarctica, the person did not spend any time in a medium or high-risk area; and
  • in the 28 days prior to arriving in Tasmania (and while in Antarctica), the person did not come into contact with a person who was not also engaged in an AAD Antarctic program as an expeditioner or associated crew member.

If eligible against this definition, the AAD expeditioner or associated crew should select “Antarctica – eligible AAD personnel” when registering through the Tas e-Travel system.

A person who has spent time in Antarctica and does not meet this definition will be required to enter quarantine on arrival in Tasmania. They can then apply to be recognised as an Essential Traveller -Specified Person. The easiest way to do this is through the G2G PASS by selecting “Antarctica – other traveller”.

Through the G2G PASS, the expeditioner should consider including evidence to support their application that shows: total time spent in Antarctica, and where; travel itinerary; any relevant COVID-19 plans; evidence of employment under which national Antarctic program; and/or other supporting information.

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.

Health monitoring

Travellers should contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for a free COVID-19 test if at any time while in Tasmania they develop:

  • fever (or signs of fever, including chills or night sweats)
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • sore/itchy throat
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste or smell.

Visit Coming to Tasmania for the list of current high-risk areas.