Travellers and visitors

Last update: 27 Mar 2020 7:36pm

Arrival in Tasmania

From Saturday 21 March 2020, all non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania must complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form and self-isolate for 14 days.The Arrivals Form can be completed upon arrival at terminals in Tasmania.

Essential Travellers that meet strict criteria need to comply with other specific self-isolation conditions.

When travelling to your home or accommodation to start your isolation period, use private transport (if you can) to protect others, and go straight there.

When in self-isolation, you must not attend public gatherings or go to public places including:

  • work
  • school, childcare, or university
  • shops.

Only people who usually live with you should be in the home. Do not see visitors. If you must leave the home or residence (such as to seek important, arranged medical care), you should wear a facemask if you have one.

For more information see Tasmanian border restrictions.

If you have been required to be in self-isolation and have completed your 14 day period without showing signs or symptoms of being unwell, you can return to your normal daily activities, including going to work, school, university, attending public places and using public transport.

If you are on your way to Tasmania and experience symptoms of COVID-19, let a member of the airline or ship crew know now. If you are in the airport or seaport, contact a biosecurity officer now.

Essential Travellers

If your travel to Tasmania is for work that is essential for the proper functioning of the state you can be considered an Essential Traveller. If your work falls into one of the Essential Traveller categories indicate this on your Tasmanian Arrivals Form.

You can also apply to be considered an Essential Traveller on compassionate or medical grounds (e.g. visiting a terminally ill relative or medical grounds or interstate travel for essential medical treatment).

See the Tasmanian Arrivals Form, and information and application forms for applying for Essential Traveller status.

Essential Travellers must also meet strict self-isolation conditions. See Self-isolation conditions for Essential Travellers.

Starting Saturday 21 March 2020, all travellers to Tasmania must complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form and self-isolate at home or in their accommodation for 14 days unless they meet Essential Traveller or exemption criteria and have received official communication stating that they are exempt.

These exemptions only apply to:

  • clinicians, which means health professional workers including medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals; and
  • Tasmanian residents, or interstate residents requested or approved by the Secretary (or her approved delegates – Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief Medical Officer) to perform healthcare duties in Tasmania.

Health workers should refer to the Information for healthcare workers and the Individual self-isolation exemption application (Health Service). Every healthcare worker seeking an exemption from self-isolation must complete an application form.

If you arrived in Tasmania without an exemption, you are required to isolate yourself until such time that you are advised that an exemption has been granted.

If you are approved for an Essential Traveller status then you will need to comply with the Self-isolation conditions for Essential Travellers.

Can I still travel to Tasmania

Yes, but if you arrive on or after Saturday 21 March, you must self-isolate for 14 days. All travellers will be screened on arrival and must demonstrate they meet the Essential Traveller criteria.

All non-essential travel should be avoided where possible.

Important information for people travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania

Effective immediately the Premier of Tasmania has directed Spirit of Tasmania to prioritise its bookings for returning Tasmanian residents, freight and those travellers who have met the Essential Traveller criteria and are able to travel to Tasmania

All non-essential travellers, including Tasmanians, who arrive in Tasmania will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Essential Travellers that meet strict criteria will be exempt from the 14 day self-isolation requirement but must still comply with listed quarantine conditions directed by the Director of Public Health under section 16 Public Health Act 1997.

Non-Tasmanian travellers, who are not essential travellers, will need to have their exemption approved by DPIPWE prior to making any booking. Applications can be made on the DPIPWE website.

If you are not a Tasmanian resident or an Essential Traveller you should not make a new booking from Victoria to Tasmania at this stage.

The Spirit of Tasmania is in the process of  reviewing all bookings and cancellations may occur.

Cancelled bookings are being refunded, including the fare cancellation fee, regardless of fare type.

What if I choose not to travel to Tasmania as a result of the 14 day self-isolation period

If you decide to cancel your travel plans, you may not be automatically entitled to a refund. Where the option of undertaking your travel exists, any cancellation may be seen as a change of mind.

Businesses do not have an obligation to refund for change of mind unless this is provided for in the terms of conditions of the purchases. Check the terms and conditions of your booking and discuss the matter directly with your travel company.

Does my travel insurance cover me if I cancel

All travel insurance products are issued with a Product Disclosure Statement regarding the scope of coverage and any exclusions. Some policies exclude coverage for epidemics and pandemics.

Read your travel insurance policy’s Product Disclosure Statement and speak directly with your insurance provider to find out more about any coverage.

Travelling to Tasmania for a funeral

You can apply to be an Essential Traveller. Essential Travellers that meet strict criteria need to comply with other specific self-isolation conditions.

I’m travelling to Tasmania with a caravan / motorhome, can I self-isolate in that

No. People traveling in caravans and motorhomes cannot self-isolate in the motorhome or caravan because you would usually need to access public or caravan park shower/toilet and waste management facilities over the 14 days.

What if I’ve recently flown interstate

If you arrived in Tasmania on or after Saturday 21 March, you need to self-isolate for 14 days. Call your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 if you start to feel unwell with fever or shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat.

If you arrived in Tasmania before Saturday 21 March, you do not need to self-isolate. Call your GP or the Public Health Hotline if you get sick with fever or shortness of breath, cough or sore throat within 14 days of departing mainland Australia.

What do I do if I am sick while travelling

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, let a member of the airline or ship crew know now. If you are in the airport or seaport, contact a biosecurity officer immediately.

If I’ve already completed 14 days isolation interstate, do I need to complete another 14 days self-isolation in Tasmania

Yes, you will need to complete another 14 days in self-isolation. This is because you may have been exposed to the virus through your travel to Tasmania.

Fly-in-fly-out workers

For more information see, Information for Fly-in-Fly-Out Workers.

What if I fly out of Tasmania for work?

Tasmanian fly-in fly-out workers returning form interstate will have to go into self-isolation for 14 days. FIFO workers will need to fill out a Tasmanian Arrivals Card and identify your residence while in Tasmania. FIFO workers need only to self-isolate for the period they are in Tasmania. The 14 day self-isolation applies each time a worker returns to Tasmania. If your stay is less than 14 days, you are permitted to leave Tasmania however, you must travel directly from your home to the airport.

What if I fly into Tasmania for work?

If a worker flies into Tasmania for work, this may classify as an Essential Traveller with specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or business. You must apply for this classification. If you travel to Tasmania without Essential Traveller status you must self-isolate for 14 days or until your application is approved.

All fly-in workers to Tasmania (who are classified as Essential Travellers) must comply with strict self-isolation requirements.

Cruise ships

All cruise ship visits to Tasmanian ports have been suspended until 30 June 2020.

Ruby Princess cruise ship

The NSW Government has been in contact with passengers who were on the Ruby Princess. Public Health Services (PHS) Tasmania will also be in touch as soon as possible. If you were on the Ruby Princess please self-isolate at home until you hear from PHS Tasmania.

If you are very unwell and need an ambulance, let Ambulance Tasmania know you have been told to self-isolate because of your recent international travel, including that you were on the Ruby Princess.

Travelling between Tasmanian islands and mainland Tasmania

Travel restrictions do not apply for people travelling from Tasmanian islands, such as King and Flinders, to mainland Tasmania. However, they do apply to anyone travelling to Tasmanian islands from mainland Australia, including residents returning home to Tasmanian islands.

People flying into a Tasmanian island and then on to mainland Tasmania must complete their 14 days self-isolation upon arrival at that island before continuing their journey onto mainland Tasmania.

Commercial fishers and recreational boaters

Any recreational vessel arriving into Tasmanian waters from interstate is required to contact the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 immediately on arrival, prior to anyone disembarking from the vessel.

The vessel will then be directed as to the self-isolation requirements that will apply to those on board the vessel.

Tasmania Police and Biosecurity Tasmania will ensure compliance with the self-isolation measures, helping people to access support and follow up to ensure the process is adhered to.

These requirements also apply to any Domestic Commercial Vessel (DCV) whose arrival into Tasmania does not occur through a regulated TasPorts port where submission of Vessel Movement Advice (VMA) is a requirement.

Breaching the self-isolation process, including declaration of the vessel’s arrival, may incur a penalty of up to $16,800.

Commercial fishers and recreational boaters do not need to self-isolate if they have not set foot interstate or overseas, and have not taken on crew from interstate and overseas in the past 14 days.

Accommodation facilities for people seeking self-isolation

Hotels and accommodation providers have been given guidance on having guests who are self-isolating. It is up to the individual hotel or accommodation provider to choose if they take guest bookings for patrons who are needing to self-isolate.

Guests should contact their accommodation provider immediately to advise them that they will be self-isolating.

International arrivals

From 11:59pm Saturday 28 March 2020 all travellers arriving in Australia from overseas by air or sea will be required to undertake their mandatory 14 day self-isolation at designated facilities (for example, a hotel) in the jurisdiction they arrive in.Travellers will be transported directly to designated facilities after appropriate immigration, customs and health checks.

International visitors who have arrived in Tasmania from 16 March 2020 continue to be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Further information for international travellers is available on the Australian Government Department of Health website.

For full details on current COVID-19 travel restrictions, including information relating to visa and citizenship, see the Department of Home Affairs website.

I was in a high risk country more than 14 days ago

If you returned to Australia more than 14 days ago, there is no reason to worry in relation to your travel. The incubation period (the amount of time it takes for people to get sick after being infected) is 14 days or less.

You don’t need to do anything different to what you would normally do in your day-to-day activities. It’s always good practice to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then put the tissue in the rubbish, especially with flu season approaching.

Compliance

Biosecurity Tasmania staff are involved in Tasmanian Border Restriction compliance by checking Tasmanian Arrivals Cards to ensure passengers meet Essential Traveller criteria.

Tasmania Police will ensure compliance with self-isolation requirements and will also assist Biosecurity Staff with compliance at airports and at the Spirit of Tasmania terminal.

I have information / concerns about non-compliance with self-isolation requirements

If you have information or concerns regarding non-compliance with self-isolation requirements, you can call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Last update: 25 Mar 2020 7:39pm

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 Government senior official 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, and is required to be present in Tasmania for such purposes; 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 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;

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; and

c. Any person travelling from Antarctica directly 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. Other persons, or class of persons that are:

Exempted by the Secretary DPIPWE:

a. Any other person, or member of a class of persons, in relation to whom, in the opinion of the Secretary DPIPWE, self-isolation would lead to an unusual, undeserved or disproportionate hardship; and

b. Any other person, or member of a class of persons, who, in the opinion of the Secretary DPIPWE, is essential for the proper functioning of Tasmania.

Assessed on an individual basis via application e.g.

a. Compassionate grounds e.g. a person is travelling to Tasmania to visit a terminally ill relative.

b. Medical grounds e.g. a person who travels to and from Tasmania to receive essential medical treatment on the mainland.

c. Other reasons considered on individual merit.

Strict self-isolation conditions also apply to Essential Travellers in Tasmania.

Self-isolation requirements for Essential Travellers

If you have applied to be considered for Essential Traveller status and your application has not been approved by the time you arrive in Tasmania, you must begin the mandatory 14 days of self-isolation until your application has been approved.

Essential Travellers provided an exemption must:

  • Sleep in a single room and not reside in a shared room or dormitory style accommodation if you are staying overnight
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath and unexpected tiredness;
  • If symptoms develop:
    • remove yourself from the workplace or public place and self-isolation;
    • contact a GP or the Public Health Hotline (1800 671 738) to get medical advice or arrange testing;
  • When you are away from your accommodation/room, apply social distancing measures. You must only be within 1.5 metres of another person to:
    • Obtain life essential supplies or services that cannot be readily obtained online;
    • Be tested or assessed for infection by COVID-19, or seek medical advice; or
    • carry out a compassionate purpose (eg to visit a dying close relative in hospital or other care setting), if your Essential Traveller status is based on compassionate grounds.
  • Practice strict cough and sneeze hygiene, including covering mouth and nose, the use and disposal of disposable tissues, and washing hands frequently and
  • thoroughly with soap and water or a hand-sanitizer.

In addition, all Essential Healthcare Workers or Essential Travellers that are coming into contact with vulnerable persons must:

  • At a minimum – wear a surgical mask at all times when engaged in the provision of health services or health care to persons or in a health care or residential care setting, or when in close proximity to a vulnerable person; OR
  • Wear the personal protective equipment that is normally worn during such contact by health care or residential care workers for the service being delivered.

These self-isolation requirements can be found in Self-isolation Conditions for Essential Travellers.

Last update: 25 Mar 2020 7:16pm

Travel to other countries

A travel ban is in place for all Australians effective 25 March 2020.

Go to Smartraveller for more information.

Concern for family overseas

Australians concerned about family overseas should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Consular emergency line.

Last update: 25 Mar 2020 6:47pm

To keep Tasmanians safe against the spread of COVID-19, aeroplanes and aircrafts that commence their flight outside of Tasmania are prohibited from landing on private airstrips in the state.

This includes Tasmanians returning home from interstate.

Aeroplanes and aircraft cannot land at any place within Tasmania other than at the following airports:

  • Hobart International (Strachan Street, Cambridge)
  • Launceston (201 Evandale Road, Western Junction, Launceston)
  • Devonport (Airport Road, Devonport)
  • Burnie (3 Airport Street, Wynyard)
  • King Island (Morrison Avenue, Loorana)
  • Flinders Island (122 Palana Road, Whitemark)

Last update: 27 Mar 2020 6:45pm

Emergency accommodation for travellers

Emergency accommodation will be made available to travellers who are affected by the closure of accommodation facilities in Tasmania.

A list of available accommodation for travellers can be found on the Communities Tasmania website. Travellers should contact any of these providers to make arrangements for the duration of their stay.

Travellers must meet their own costs of accommodation and any specific accommodation conditions set by accommodation providers to ensure the safety of others.

See Emergency accommodation for travellers for more information.

I am seeking accommodation for self-isolation

If you need emergency accommodation for self-isolation, please contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

I can offer emergency accommodation

If you operate an accommodation facility and can provide emergency accommodation for people seeking a place to self-isolate, please contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to register your offer.