Peter Gutwein, Premier of Tasmania
Our number one priority throughout COVID-19 has been to protect the health and safety of Tasmanians, and as we prepare for our borders to relax on Monday October 26, that priority remains unchanged.
Tasmania’s new traveller registration system ‘Tas e-Travel’ has launched today, assisting those travelling to understand guidelines and expectations for arriving into Tasmania.
From this coming Monday the 26 October, Tasmania’s border restrictions will continue to be based on the areas where travellers have spent time prior to arriving in our state, with areas classified as either low, medium or high-risk.
This risk level is determined by the number of COVID-19 cases or the level of community transmission in those areas, as well as public health advice.
Currently, low-risk areas are Queensland, the ACT, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
And I can also confirm that New Zealand will also be classified as low risk under these guidelines.
This means that incoming travellers from these low risk jurisdictions will not need to quarantine – as long as they have not spent time in medium or high risk areas in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania.
It will also mean travellers from those low risk jurisdictions currently in hotel or home quarantine will no longer need to from Monday, 26 October, and they will only be charged pro-rata for their accommodation.
Travellers from medium and high-risk areas will still be required to provide their details via the G2G PASS system.
As I said last week, NSW is currently a medium-risk area with the requirement to quarantine on arrival, however from 26 October this will be able to be done at a suitable premises, such as a private residence, if available.
Victoria remains a high-risk area, as do overseas countries (other than New Zealand), along with cruise ships, and travellers from these areas or premises must provide the appropriate information to determine entry and quarantine requirements.
As I’ve consistently said, we will monitor the situation closely and if at any time the COVID-19 situation changes and the advice is that the risk is too high – then I won’t hesitate to change our border arrangements.
I encourage Travellers to our State to stay up to date on arrangements via: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au