Essential Traveller criteria

If your travel to Tasmania is for work that is essential for the proper functioning of the state you should indicate this on your arrivals form.

Essential Traveller categories

1. National and State Security and Governance

a. Any person who, in the carriage of his or her duties, is responsible for the safety of the Nation or Tasmania against threats such as terrorism, war, or espionage or acts of foreign interference and is required to be present in Tasmania for such purposes, and any persons assisting such persons; and

b. Active Military personnel required to be on duty in Tasmania while in Tasmania; and

c. A member of the Commonwealth Parliament who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania.

2. Health Services

a. A clinician in relation to health who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania and who is requested by the Secretary of the Department of Health, or his or her delegate, to return to Tasmania to present for duty in Tasmania; and

b. A clinician in relation to health who is requested by the Secretary of the Department of Health, or his or her delegate, to present for duty in Tasmania to perform, during the period in which the person will be present in Tasmania, duties unable to be appropriately performed by a person ordinarily resident in Tasmania.

3. Transport, freight and logistics

a. Any person who, in the carriage of his or her duties, is responsible for the provision of transport or freight and logistics into, within, and out of Tasmania; and

b. Flight crew and ship crew – for the purpose of delivery of persons, freight or logistics into, within and out of Tasmania.

4. Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses

a. Any specialists required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations where the appropriate skills are not available in Tasmania, where the service is time-critical and where the provision of the service requires that the person be physically present in Tasmania; and

b. Any person who, in the carriage of his or her duties, is responsible, while in Tasmania, for critical maintenance or repair of infrastructure critical to Tasmania.

5. Paramedics and ambulance officers

a. A paramedic, or an officer of Ambulance Tasmania, each within the meaning of the Ambulance Service Act 1982, who is returning to Tasmania as soon as practicable after providing medical transport to a patient or who is returning to Tasmania while providing medical transport to a person; and

b. A paramedic, or an officer of Ambulance Tasmania, each within the meaning of the Ambulance Service Act 1982, who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania and who is requested by the Commissioner of Ambulance Services, or his or her delegate, to return to Tasmania to present for duty in Tasmania.

6. Police officers

a. Members of the Tasmania Police Service; and

b. Members of the Australia Federal Police or a police force or police service of another State or a Territory of the Commonwealth travelling to Tasmania in the course of their duties.

7. Other persons, or classes of persons, previously determined to be Specified Persons

a. Any other person or class of persons who, before 2 April 2020, was granted an exemption from a requirement to quarantine by the Secretary of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

8. Other persons, or classes of persons, approved by the State Controller

If your application has not been received and approved by the time you arrive in Tasmania you must begin the mandatory 14 days of quarantine until your application is approved.

Essential Travellers must still comply with listed quarantine conditions directed by the Director of Public Health under section 16 Public Health Act 1997.

Strict quarantine conditions also apply to Essential Travellers in Tasmania.