Testing for Travellers

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Last Updated: 21 Jan 2022 5:59am

Travelling to Tasmania

Fully vaccinated travellers

There are no COVID-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers unless they have spent time in an extreme-risk area (domestic and overseas) in the 14 days before their arrival in Tasmania. Any traveller who has spent time in an extreme-risk area are required to apply for approval to enter Tasmania.

Unvaccinated travellers

Unvaccinated travellers are required to apply for approval to enter Tasmania.

If approved testing and other conditions apply – see unvaccinated travellers for more details.

Travellers who are approved as Essential Travellers will have additional testing requirements applied to them – see Essential Travellers for more details.

All travellers (both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated) who have spent time in an extreme-risk area (domestic and overseas) in the 14 days before their arrival in Tasmania are required to apply for approval to enter Tasmania.

If approved they must comply with COVID-19 testing requirements. Other conditions also apply – see  Extreme-risk travel rules for more details.

COVID-19 test requirement

If you are required to have a negative test result as part of your travel requirements, because you are unvaccinated or travelling from an extreme-risk area you may use either a:

  • RAT (rapid antigen test), or
  • PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test

Read more about types of COVID-19 tests.

If a rapid antigen test you take in Tasmania produces a positive result you must isolate immediately and register your test result via the online declaration form. This is required under the Public Health Act 1997 and ensure you can access the care and support you need and financial assistance if eligible. If you are interstate and your pre-departure test returns a positive result, isolate and contact your local Public Health department. Do not travel to Tasmania.

You are exempt from the testing requirement if:

  • you are under five years of age; or
  • you have a current medical exemption from undertaking a COVID-19 test; or
  • you are a transport, freight and logistics worker or international aircrew complying with the testing regime that applies to these workers.

If providing a current medical certificate as evidence that you are unable to have a COVID-19 test because of a medical condition, it must include the following information.

  • your name (this must match your travel identification documents); and
  • date of the medical consultation and details of their medical practitioner; and
  • details that clearly acknowledge that you cannot have a COVID-19 test because of a medical condition.

You must have evidence of a medical exemption and be prepared to present it upon request.

For more information about travel to Tasmania see Coming to Tasmania.

Travelling from Tasmania

People travelling interstate from Tasmania should check the entry and testing requirements of their destination.

People travelling internationally may be required by some airlines and destination countries to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test prior to leaving Australia. People travelling to Australia from overseas also have to meet specific entry requirements as detailed on the Australian Government Health website.

Pre-departure COVID-19 tests are provided by private pathology clinics - Hobart PathologyLaunceston PathologyNorth West Pathology and TML Pathology (Hobart and Launceston) provide a fee-based COVID-19 testing service for international travel.