Essential Travellers

Submitting an Essential Traveller application

Essential Traveller applications must be submitted as part of registering to travel to Tasmania using the G2G PASS system. Read more about the G2G PASS.

Healthcare workers should refer to Information for healthcare workers. Every healthcare worker seeking an exemption from quarantine must make this request as part of the G2G PASS process. Where a person is a Specified Person who falls within Category 2 (Health Services) or Category 5b (Paramedics and Ambulance Officers) and has been in either an affected region or an affected premises, they are required to enter 14 days quarantine in government-designated accommodation upon arrival in Tasmania.

Tasmanian fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers who work interstate in low-risk areas for extended periods can apply for Essential Traveller status from Monday 21 September 2020. See the criteria and conditions that apply.

Travellers who make their submission to travel to Tasmania and receive their G2G PASS QR code before travelling will be able to quickly pass through Tasmanian ports on arrival.

The border process will be delayed if you do not have your G2G PASS QR code when you arrive. Biosecurity Tasmania officers will ask you to register your travel on the G2G PASS website. If you are unable to complete the online application, Biosecurity Tasmania officers will be available to assist.

To enable appropriate assessment of Essential Traveller applications when specialist interstate skills are required, G2G Essential Traveller applications should be made not less than 7 days prior to travel to Tasmania where possible.

Clear information should be provided with applications as to the need for the work to be undertaken with supporting evidence included where possible. When there is an urgent need to travel to perform essential work, this should also be clearly explained in the application – including the consequences of the work not being undertaken.

If you arrive in Tasmania without a quarantine exemption, you will be required to quarantine until you are advised that an exemption has been granted. If you are not a Tasmanian resident, or are symptomatic of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a COVID-19 case in the 14 days prior to travel; or have been overseas 14 days prior to arrival to Tasmania, you will be required to quarantine at government-designated accommodation.

If you are a Tasmanian resident, and have proof of this, you will be required to quarantine at your residence in Tasmania - unless you have been in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania, in which case you will quarantine in government-designated accommodation.

Additional restrictions apply to Essential Travellers from high risk areas specified as an 'Affected Region' or 'Affected Premises'. See the list of high-risk areas and read about these requirements at Conditions for Essential Travellers.

Phone checks for Essential Travellers

Essential Travellers approved under Categories 4a and 4b - Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses will be contacted by the Public Health Hotline two days after arrival, and every second day afterwards. You will be required to confirm you are following the requirements of Essential Travellers, such as monitoring yourself for symptoms and quarantining while seeking a test if unwell. These requirements are detailed in Annexure A of the Direction in relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania (General).

Testing of Essential Travellers

Essential Travellers who have spent time in an affected region or premises in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania are required to undertake health screening and a COVID-19 test on arrival, wear a face mask and limit their movement when not in the workplace.

If you are travelling through the following arrival points, you will be screened and tested onsite:

  • Hobart Airport
  • Launceston Airport
  • Wynyard Airport
  • Spirit of Tasmania

If screening and testing are not available on-site at your arrival point, you will be directed to get tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival at one of the current testing sites within the State.

You can go to the Devonport or Burnie clinics with no booking required or make an appointment to visit the Hobart or Launceston clinics by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 and advising them that you are an Essential Traveller who has been in an affected region or premises and required to undertake a test.

For freight and logistics operators, Tasmania has adopted a nationally consistent approach. This means that freight, transport or logistics operators will need to undergo a test on arrival unless they have evidence of having had a negative COVID-19 test in the 7 days prior to their arrival and have not had a positive test for the disease within that 7 day period.

The screening and testing will involve answering health screening questions on arrival, having a temperature check as well as having a COVID-19 test. Anyone refusing to be tested will go into quarantine at government-designated accommodation for 14 days (and be required to pay the government-designated accommodation fee) or can leave Tasmania at their own expense.

Once you pass the initial screening process, you are not required to quarantine while you wait for the test results – however you must continue to comply with the conditions of your Essential Traveller approval.

If you do not pass the screening you will be required to go into government-designated accommodation – or you may wish to return to your place of origin at your own expense. When in government-designated accommodation, you can choose to leave at any time to return to your place of origin, however you must transit directly to your point of departure and comply with other directions provided to you.

If the test from your screening comes back as negative while in government-designated accommodation you will be allowed to leave quarantine.

If the test from your screening comes back as positive, you will be required to comply with the advice provided to you by Public Health authorities.

The testing and screening will apply for each entry into the State – regardless of how many times you visit.

Fees apply for government-designated quarantine accommodation. See Quarantine for more information.