Conditions for Essential Travellers

Last Updated: 05 Feb 2021 9:05am

Essential Travellers may be eligible for a full or partial exemption from 14 days quarantine, but must comply with strict conditions. Restrictions are determined by whether Essential Travellers have spent time in medium or high-risk areas in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania.

People granted Essential Traveller status receive a G2G PASS by email with information about the conditions they must meet under their category of exemption.

For 14 days from arrival in Tasmania, Essential Travellers must:

1. Monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, which include:

  • a temperature of 37.5°C or more
  • night sweats
  • chills
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • loss of taste, or
  • loss of smell and

sudden and unexplained:

  • fatigue
  • runny nose
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea/vomiting, or
  • loss of appetite;

2. If they believe they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms:

  • contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or a GP to arrange testing straight away; and
  • stay at their place of residence except to access arranged medical care or to get tested;

3. Cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing;

4. Use disposable tissues and put used tissues in the bin straight after use;

5. Wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and running water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, especially after using a toilet, before and after eating and before and after returning from outdoors; and

6. Maintain, where practicable, a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people.

Read these conditions in Schedule 3 of Directions in Relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania

Essential Travellers approved under Categories 4a and 4b (specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses) are contacted by the Public Health Hotline two (2) days after arrival, and every second day afterwards, to confirm they are following the above requirements.

Screening and testing

Essential Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania are required to undertake a COVID-19 test and screening on arrival.



Any person granted Essential Traveller as a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) worker must meet the requirements detailed in Schedule 3 of the Directions in Relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania and the following conditions:

  • have not spent time in a high-risk area within the 14 days of arrival in Tasmania;
  • have not arrived in Australia from overseas (other than New Zealand), or disembarked from a cruise ship, within 28 days of arrival in Tasmania; or
  • on arrival in Tasmania, they are not displaying any clinical symptoms of COVID-19, and have not displayed these symptoms in the 72 hours prior to arrival, specifically a temperature of ≥37.5°C; chills and/or night sweats; cough, shortness of breath or sore throat; or loss of smell or taste.

Read more about FIFO workers

Conditions for Essential Travellers from high-risk areas

Essential Travellers under Category 2 (Health Services) and Category 8 (Other persons, or classes of persons, approved by the Deputy State Controller) who have spent time in a high-risk area are not exempt from quarantine requirements. They are required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation on arrival in Tasmania for 14 days.

Essential Travellers in all other categories are not be required to quarantine but are required to wear a facemask and limit movement outside their premises when not in the workplace, for 14 days after arrival in Tasmania. They may also leave their premises to shop for food, beverages, fuel, medicine and urgent household supplies; to seek medical care, to leave Tasmania, or in an emergency situation that requires them to leave their residence.

For 14 days after arrival in Tasmania, Essential Travellers must:

1. Monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, which include:

  • a temperature of 37.5°C or more
  • night sweats
  • chills
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • loss of taste, or
  • loss of smell and

sudden and unexplained:

  • fatigue
  • runny nose
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea/vomiting, or
  • loss of appetite;

2. If they believe they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms:

  • contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or a GP to arrange testing straight away; and
  • stay at their place of residence except to access arranged medical care or to get tested;

3. Cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing;

4. Use disposable tissues and put used tissues in the bin straight after use;

5. Wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and running water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, especially after using a toilet, before and after eating and before and after returning from outdoors; and

6. Maintain, where practicable, a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people.

Read these conditions in Schedule 4 of the Directions in Relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania

Essential Travellers approved as a health services worker, paramedic or aeromedical officer (as per Categories 2 and 5 of the Schedule 1 of Persons arriving in Tasmania Direction), or who are otherwise in close contact with a person who may be at higher risk of severe illness due to COVID-19, must wear a facemask or other personal protective equipment when providing health services and/or being in close proximity to a person at risk of infection or serious illness.

Essential Travellers approved as a specialist skills critical to maintain key industries or business (Category 4) are required to follow specific conditions as outlined in Schedule 4 of Persons arriving in Tasmania Direction, these include:

  • wearing a surgical facemask when in public or undertaking their work of official duties;
  • remaining at their approved place of residence unless:
    • attending work or undertaking official duties
    • shopping for household supplies, fuel or medicine
    • to obtain medical care
    • in an emergency situation
    • for the purpose of leaving Tasmania
    • directed to by an authorised officer
  • covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing, using disposable tissues, practicing good hand hygiene and maintaining where practical physical distancing of at least 1.5m from other persons; and
  • monitoring themselves for clinical symptoms of COVID-19 (if displaying COVID-19 symptoms, workers must cease attending work, remain at their approved place of residence and contact the Public Health Hotline or medical practitioner)

Essential travellers approved as category 3 (transport, freight and logistics) who have spent time in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania must get a COVID-19 test every seven (7) days while in Tasmania, whilst continue to be classified as an Essential Traveller.