Maritime crew

Last Updated: 02 Dec 2020 12:21pm

Important update to international maritime policies

To respond to the risk of importing COVID-19 into Australia and Tasmania from overseas, the Tasmanian Government has established a new international arrivals policy that applies to any person who has been overseas (other than New Zealand or eligible Australian Antarctic personnel) within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania.

This has implications for the international maritime industry travelling into Tasmania.

The Tasmanian maritime arrivals categories have been amended so that Classes 1 – 3 apply to domestic maritime crew only, if the crew has spent time in declared medium or high risk areas.

A new Class 4 has been created for maritime crew who have been at an international port in the 28 days before their arrival. Arrival conditions now include a quarantine and testing requirement in Tasmania. These new requirements are consistent with all overseas arrivals into Tasmania. There are exemption pathways, as outlined in Class 4.

International arrivals will be able to apply through the G2G PASS for a Class 4 exemption from 3pm Friday, 27 November 2020.

Class exemptions for maritime workers (non-freight)

Maritime crew (who are not eligible for Essential Traveller classification under category 3: Transport, freight and logistics) who have spent time in medium or high-risk areas may seek an exemption from quarantining or self-isolation when they arrive in Tasmania.

If eligible, this class exemption is available for:

  • Class I: domestic maritime crew signing off in Tasmania
  • Class 2: domestic maritime crew arriving in Tasmania to join a vessel
  • Class 3: domestic maritime crew who are travelling to Tasmania after disembarking at an interstate port
  • Class 4: maritime crew who have been overseas within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania.

These exemptions do not apply to crew of cruise ships.

How to apply for a class exemption?

Maritime crew members can apply to be recognised under one of the four classes via the G2G PASS system. Crew should upload evidence from their employer to support their application (see examples of documentation in the following classes).

Arrival conditions

If approved to enter Tasmania, the maritime crew member must comply with the conditions outlined in their exemptions.

If the crew member has received an exemption as an Essential Traveller from a domestic high risk area, they may be required to have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival, and must for 14 days while in Tasmania semi-isolate when not at work and wear a facemask when in public. See high-risk areas for more information on conditions.

If the crew member has received an exemption as an Essential Traveller from a domestic medium risk area, they will be required to monitor themselves for symptoms of the disease and seek testing if they believe they are symptomatic. They must also wear suitable PPE when in a healthcare setting or around vulnerable people. See medium-risk areas for more information on arrival conditions.

Note – a person who may disembark a vessel in a domestic medium or high risk area, but who transits directly to an airport or seaport to travel to Tasmania, will not be considered as having spent time in that area. See G2G PASS for more information on transit exemptions.



This class exemption is for domestic maritime crew signing off from commercial or government vessels (apart from cruise ships) in Tasmania in order to:

  • leave Tasmania;
  • join another vessel in Tasmania;
  • undertake shore-leave.

Eligibility conditions

To be eligible for the class exemption, maritime crew must have:

  • completed 14 days at sea, subsequent to the last crew member joining the vessel;
  • not been overseas within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania (if so, see class 4); and
  • not been unwell with clinical symptoms of COVID-19 during their journey.

Evidence of eligibility must include:

When applying for this class exemption, crew (or the vessel or agent on the crew’s behalf) must:

  • declare that no crew have reported being unwell with clinical symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14-days;
  • declare that the vessel completed a period of at least 14 days at sea, and during this time no new crew joined the vessel;
  • declare that the vessel (and crew) have not spent time overseas in the last 28 days; and
  • provide a copy of the company or vessel’s COVID-19 management plan and/or crew procedure.

This information can be provided in a G2G PASS application. The names and identifying information of all disembarking crew should be provided.

This class exemption applies to maritime crew arriving in Tasmania from a medium or high risk area interstate to join a commercial or government vessel.

Note – this class approval does not apply to crew who have been overseas within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania (see Class 4).

Eligibility conditions

To be eligible for this class, crew must not:

  • have been overseas within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania (see Class 4);
  • be displaying clinical symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival in Tasmania, and must not have displayed these symptoms within 72 hours of arrival.

Evidence of eligibility must include:

When applying for this class exemption, crew (or the vessel or agent on the crew’s behalf) must provide:

  • evidence that the vessel that the work relates to is expected to be in that port at the specified time and that the crew member will be able to transit promptly to the ship on arrival in Tasmania; and
  • evidence of the company’s COVID-19 management plan or crew procedure.

Definition

This class exemption applies to maritime crew who disembark a commercial or government vessel in a medium or high risk area interstate, and intend to travel directly to Tasmania on leave (e.g. residents returning home) provided that:

  • the vessel they were on completed 14 days at sea, subsequent to the last crew member joining the vessel;
  • the crew member has transited directly from their port of arrival to Tasmania; and
  • no crew reported being unwell with clinical symptoms of COVID-19 during the voyage time; and
  • on arrival in Tasmania, the crew member is not displaying clinical symptoms of COVID-19.

Note – this class approval does not apply to crew who have been overseas with 28 days of arriving in Tasmania (see Class 4).

Evidence of Eligibility

To be eligible for this condition, the crew member (or the vessel or agent on the member’s behalf) must:

  • provide evidence that the vessel spent at least 14 days at sea, subsequent to the last crew member joining;
  • verify that no crew reported being unwell with clinical symptoms of COVID-19 during the journey; and
  • provide evidence of the crew member’s intention to transit directly to Tasmania through the medium or high risk area that they have arrived in, to a port of departure in order to travel to Tasmania (e.g. flight bookings); and
  • a copy of the company or vessel’s COVID-19 management plan or crew procedure.

If the company or vessel is unable to demonstrate or guarantee the prompt transit requirement to the satisfaction of the Deputy State Controller, crew members may be subject to a quarantine requirement on arrival.

Any person who arrives in Tasmania within 28 days of being in a country other than Australia, New Zealand or Antarctica (if eligible as Australian Antarctic Division personnel), must complete a period of quarantine in government managed accommodation on arrival in Tasmania.

This does not apply to a person on board a vessel that has spent time in international waters and no new crew joined the vessel and the vessel did not visit an international port in the last 28 days.

International arrivals will be able to apply through the G2G PASS for a Class 4 exemption from 3pm Friday, 27 November 2020.

Exemptions to the quarantine requirement for international arrivals include the following two pathways.

Pathway 1 – crew arrives in Australia from overseas, to join a vessel in Tasmania

  • Within 28 days of arrival in Tasmania, the maritime crew member has completed 14 days in government-designated quarantine in another Australian jurisdiction; and
  • The crew member has had a negative COVID-19 test at least 10 days after arriving in Australia; and
  • The crew member has not spent time in a medium or high-risk area (since arriving in Australia) in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania. If so, the person has evidence of transiting directly to Tasmania through the medium or high-risk area.

Pathway 2 – crew disembark an international vessel

This pathway applies to crew who disembark the international vessel in Tasmania, or interstate and then the crew travels to Tasmania (e.g. residents returning to Tasmania on leave).

  • Immediately prior to arriving in Australia, the maritime vessel has spent 14 days at sea and during this time:
    • the vessel did not visit another international port;
    • no new crew joined the vessel;
    • no crew reported being unwell with clinical symptoms of COVID-19; and
    • on arrival in Australia, all crew aboard the vessel received a negative COVID-19 test*.

*Note – the whole vessel must complete and present a negative COVID-19 test for an individual crew member to be eligible for this exemption. If a crew member disembarks a maritime vessel in Tasmania that then leaves Tasmania without all members having had the test, then the individual who has disembarked is not eligible for a quarantine exemption and must complete 14 days isolation in government managed facilities. Note - in the case of Pathway 2, arrivals will be required to enter isolation until they can present the results of all of the crew having had a negative COVID-19 test. The Deputy State Controller will then issue approval for the crew to leave isolation.

Evidence of eligibility

When applying to be recognised as an Essential Traveller under this class approval, maritime crew should provide supporting evidence of how they are eligible against the above pathways.

Pathway 1

The following may be used to prove eligibility:

  • Evidence of having completed a 14 day period of isolation in another Australian jurisdiction (e.g. signed document on government letterhead);
  • Evidence of having had a negative COVID-19 test at least 10 days after arriving in Australia (e.g. test results); and
  • Verification that the person has not spent time in a medium-risk or high-risk area (since arriving in Australia) in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania. If so, evidence of having transited directly to Tasmania at the completion of the interstate isolation period.

Pathway 2

The following may be used to prove eligibility:

  • Evidence that the vessel has spent at least 14 days at sea prior to arriving in Tasmania and that:
    • the vessel did not visit another international port;
    • no new crew joined the vessel;
    • no crew reported being unwell with clinical symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • evidence of all crew members having had a negative COVID-19 test on arrival in Tasmania.