Travellers and visitors

Last update: 16 Sep 2020 3:51pm

Border restrictions in Tasmania are based on the locations travellers have spent time in during the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania.

This determines whether travellers will be permitted to enter the State, where they must quarantine and other requirements such as wearing masks and undertaking COVID-19 testing.

The following restrictions apply to people entering Tasmania if they have been in an Affected Region or an Affected Premises that poses an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission. Read the list of high-risk locations.

From 20 August 2020, all non-Essential travellers, including Tasmanian and non-Tasmanian residents, must have prior approval to enter the State. The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G PASS system.

Non-essential travellers

Anyone arriving in Tasmania who has spent time in an affected region or premises in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania and who is not an Essential Traveller must have pre-approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter the State.

If approval to enter the State is granted, a 14 day quarantine requirement will apply on arrival in Tasmania. This will occur in government-designated accommodation.

Any non-essential traveller who does not have prior approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter the State may be required to leave Tasmania or enter government approved accommodation until they are able to leave Tasmania or are approved to stay by the Deputy State Controller. Leaving Tasmania will be at the traveller’s own expense.

A charge of $2,800 is applicable for people undertaking quarantine in government-designated accommodation in Tasmania. See Quarantine for more information.

Essential Travellers

Most Essential Travellers  who have spent time in a high-risk location require pre-approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter Tasmania. This includes all Essential Travellers who have spent time in an Affected Premises, and category 4 Essential Travellers who have spent time in an Affected Region. You can see the categories of Essential Travellers here.

Essential Travellers who are approved to enter the State after spending time in a high-risk location are required to undertake a clinical assessment including COVID-19 test on arrival. See Essential Travellers for information on the assessment and relevant exemptions.

Anyone refusing to undertake the assessment will go into quarantine at government-designated accommodation for 14 days, or will be required to leave Tasmania. Staying in government-designated accommodation or leaving Tasmania will both be at the traveller's own expense. See Essential Travellers for more information.

Essential Travellers who are approved to enter Tasmania from a high risk area and who pass the clinical assessment are not required to quarantine in a government approved facility. This does not include Essential Travellers within Category 2 (Health Services) or Category 5b (Paramedics and Ambulance Officers). Essential Travellers within these categories who have been in a high-risk area specified as an ‘affected region’ or ‘affected premises’ are not exempt from quarantine requirements and will be required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation on arrival in Tasmania for 14 days.

All other Essential Travellers must wear a face mask when in public and remain in their accommodation unless at work or seeking supplies or medical care. See Conditions for Essential Travellers for a full list of the conditions that must be complied with while in Tasmania.

People coming to Tasmania are not considered to have spent time in an Affected Region if they have only:

  • transited directly through an airport and did not leave the airport except to board a flight; or
  • transited directly through affected region by vehicle to an airport or seaport without breaking their journey, except to obtain fuel.

The following restrictions apply to travellers from within Australia who have not spent time in an Affected Region or Affected Premises in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania. See the above category for restrictions if you have been in these areas.

  • Tasmanian residents, who are not classified as Essential Travellers, are required to quarantine for 14 days at their primary residence.
  • Non-Tasmanian residents, who are not classified as Essential Travellers, are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation.
  • Essential Travellers are not required to quarantine but must undertake health screening on arrival and comply with the conditions described in Conditions for Essential Travellers. The Deputy State Controller may also apply additional conditions. See Essential Travellers for more information.

Read more about Quarantine, including fees payable for government-designated quarantine.

Travel registration

All travellers to Tasmania are required to provide travel details on arrival. The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G PASS system.

Health screening and temperature checks

All travellers arriving in Tasmania from Monday 31 August will be asked to answer health symptom questions and have a temperature check as part of COVID-19 screening measures.

Part of the questioning process can be completed online in the one hour before travelling, to ensure a quicker passage through the port of arrival. Travellers will receive a text message prior to departure with a link to the online form.

Travellers who haven’t done the questionnaire when they arrive will receive help to complete it at the port.

Anyone with symptoms will be encouraged to have a COVID-19 test.

Current screening and testing requirements for Essential Travellers remain in place.

Last update: 18 Sep 2020 2:48pm

Submitting an Essential Traveller application

Essential Traveller applications must be submitted as part of registering to travel to Tasmania using the G2G PASS system. Read more about the G2G PASS.

Healthcare workers should refer to Information for healthcare workers. Every healthcare worker seeking an exemption from quarantine must make this request as part of the G2G PASS process. Where a person is a Specified Person who falls within Category 2 (Health Services) or Category 5b (Paramedics and Ambulance Officers) and has been in either an affected region or an affected premises, they are required to enter 14 days quarantine in government-designated accommodation upon arrival in Tasmania.

Tasmanian fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers who work interstate in low-risk areas for extended periods can apply for Essential Traveller status from Monday 21 September 2020. See the criteria and conditions that apply.

Travellers who make their submission to travel to Tasmania and receive their G2G PASS QR code before travelling will be able to quickly pass through Tasmanian ports on arrival.

The border process will be delayed if you do not have your G2G PASS QR code when you arrive. Biosecurity Tasmania officers will ask you to register your travel on the G2G PASS website. If you are unable to complete the online application, Biosecurity Tasmania officers will be available to assist.

To enable appropriate assessment of Essential Traveller applications when specialist interstate skills are required, G2G Essential Traveller applications should be made not less than 7 days prior to travel to Tasmania where possible.

Clear information should be provided with applications as to the need for the work to be undertaken with supporting evidence included where possible. When there is an urgent need to travel to perform essential work, this should also be clearly explained in the application – including the consequences of the work not being undertaken.

If you arrive in Tasmania without a quarantine exemption, you will be required to quarantine until you are advised that an exemption has been granted. If you are not a Tasmanian resident, or are symptomatic of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a COVID-19 case in the 14 days prior to travel; or have been overseas 14 days prior to arrival to Tasmania, you will be required to quarantine at government-designated accommodation.

If you are a Tasmanian resident, and have proof of this, you will be required to quarantine at your residence in Tasmania - unless you have been in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania, in which case you will quarantine in government-designated accommodation.

Additional restrictions apply to Essential Travellers from high risk areas specified as an 'Affected Region' or 'Affected Premises'. See the list of high-risk areas and read about these requirements at Conditions for Essential Travellers.

Phone checks for Essential Travellers

Essential Travellers approved under Categories 4a and 4b - Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses will be contacted by the Public Health Hotline two days after arrival, and every second day afterwards. You will be required to confirm you are following the requirements of Essential Travellers, such as monitoring yourself for symptoms and quarantining while seeking a test if unwell. These requirements are detailed in Annexure A of the Direction in relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania (General).

Testing of Essential Travellers

Essential Travellers who have spent time in an affected region or premises in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania are required to undertake health screening and a COVID-19 test on arrival, wear a face mask and limit their movement when not in the workplace.

If you are travelling through the following arrival points, you will be screened and tested onsite:

  • Hobart Airport
  • Launceston Airport
  • Wynyard Airport
  • Spirit of Tasmania

If screening and testing are not available on-site at your arrival point, you will be directed to get tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival at one of the current testing sites within the State.

You can go to the Devonport or Burnie clinics with no booking required or make an appointment to visit the Hobart or Launceston clinics by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 and advising them that you are an Essential Traveller who has been in an affected region or premises and required to undertake a test.

For freight and logistics operators, Tasmania has adopted a nationally consistent approach. This means that freight, transport or logistics operators will need to undergo a test on arrival unless they have evidence of having had a negative COVID-19 test in the 7 days prior to their arrival and have not had a positive test for the disease within that 7 day period.

The screening and testing will involve answering health screening questions on arrival, having a temperature check as well as having a COVID-19 test. Anyone refusing to be tested will go into quarantine at government-designated accommodation for 14 days (and be required to pay the government-designated accommodation fee) or can leave Tasmania at their own expense.

Once you pass the initial screening process, you are not required to quarantine while you wait for the test results – however you must continue to comply with the conditions of your Essential Traveller approval.

If you do not pass the screening you will be required to go into government-designated accommodation – or you may wish to return to your place of origin at your own expense. When in government-designated accommodation, you can choose to leave at any time to return to your place of origin, however you must transit directly to your point of departure and comply with other directions provided to you.

If the test from your screening comes back as negative while in government-designated accommodation you will be allowed to leave quarantine.

If the test from your screening comes back as positive, you will be required to comply with the advice provided to you by Public Health authorities.

The testing and screening will apply for each entry into the State – regardless of how many times you visit.

Fees apply for government-designated quarantine accommodation. See Quarantine for more information.

Last update: 11 Sep 2020 5:14pm

G2G PASS – Register your travel to Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government requires people arriving in Tasmania to provide information to help determine entry and quarantine requirements.

This includes Tasmanian residents returning to the State and those people wanting to enter Tasmania as Essential Travellers. If you are travelling as a family or with multiple people, please note that information is required for all individuals. Dependent children must be included on the G2G PASS of the adult they are travelling with.

G2G PASS registrations can be created and managed via the website and also managed via the app.

Your G2G PASS provides a QR code – a type of barcode that can be scanned on your arrival.

Travellers who receive their G2G PASS QR code before arriving will be able to quickly pass through their port of arrival in Tasmania.

If you do not have a G2G PASS QR code when you arrive, Biosecurity Tasmania officers will ask you to register your travel on the G2G PASS website or provide assistance if you are unable to complete the online application.

Before you travel

You are encouraged to register online for your Tasmanian travel pass.

G2G is currently experiencing a heavy load of applications. You are encouraged to apply at least three days prior but no more than 14 days prior to your proposed travel date. Applications are prioritised according to travel date and those with long lead times are unlikely to be processed earlier than two weeks before travel, due to the possibility of changing border restrictions.

You should ensure you stay up to date with Tasmania’s current border restrictions before you travel to Tasmania. See Coming to Tasmania for full details.

You will need your driver’s licence, passport, Medicare card or Tasmanian Personal Information Card to complete your application for a G2G PASS. You will be asked to provide details about yourself and information about your recent travel and current health status. If you wish to apply for an exemption from quarantine or for recognition as an Essential Traveller, you will be asked additional questions to confirm your eligibility under these categories.

You should attach documents and/or files to provide evidence to support your application. If you do not provide suitable evidence, your application will be declined and will require resubmission.

Once you have submitted your information and verified your email address, you can track your application by logging into the G2G PASS dashboard. Or you can download the G2G PASS app to do this. See G2G PASS FAQs for more information.

You will be notified by email of the outcome of your application and receive a G2G PASS QR code if your application is successful.

On arrival

When you arrive in Tasmania, your G2G PASS QR code will be scanned and you will be asked to provide updated information on your recent travel and health status, as at your date of arrival.

Depending on your answers to these questions, the conditions provided in your G2G PASS may change (eg being required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation). This advice will be provided to you by an authorised officer.

You must ensure that you are aware of the conditions that apply to you while in Tasmania. Be sure to revisit the list of conditions that apply to you on your day of arrival in Tasmania. This list may be updated with any change to the Directions issued by the Deputy State Controller.

Need more information?

Read about applying for a G2G PASS, including the G2G PASS FAQs.

Technical support is available via the G2G PASS website.

Read about border restrictions and quarantine requirements on Coming to Tasmania.

Apply now

Apply now on the G2G PASS website.

Last update: 14 Apr 2020 4:15pm

The State Controller has prohibited any aeroplane or aircraft whose flight commences outside Tasmania from landing (other than in the case of an emergency or with prior consent) at any place within Tasmania other than at the following airports:

  • Hobart International (Strachan Street, Cambridge)
  • Cambridge Aerodrome (115 Kennedy Drive, 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: 14 Sep 2020 1:32pm

Who needs to quarantine?

Quarantine may be required because a person has been in 'close contact' with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or because they are travelling between countries or Australian states and territories.

The quarantine requirements for travellers to Tasmania are based on the locations where people have spent time in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers must quarantine for 14 days if:

  1. arriving in Australia from overseas – you are required to quarantine for 14 days at the port of arrival
  2. arriving in Tasmania from within Australia, unless you are an Essential Traveller or eligible maritime crew.

Any person who has spent time in high-risk areas specified as an 'Affected Region' or 'Affected Premises' in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania is required to seek prior approval to enter the State before travelling to Tasmania. The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G PASS system. If approval to enter the State is provided, it is likely that 14 days quarantine in government-designated accommodation will be a requirement of entry. This includes families with children and fly in, fly out workers.

A fee of a minimum of $2,800 is applicable for people undertaking quarantine in government-designated accommodation (see below).

All other Tasmanian residents must undertake their 14 days quarantine at home.

Any non-essential traveller who does not have prior approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter the State may be required to leave Tasmania or enter government approved accommodation until they are able to leave Tasmania or are approved to stay by the Deputy State Controller. Leaving Tasmania will be at the traveller’s own expense.

See Coming to Tasmania for more information on Tasmanian border restrictions.

What does ‘quarantine’ mean?

During the 14 days of quarantine, you must stay at home or in your accommodation, except to access important, arranged medical care. Don’t go to public places, including work, school, childcare, university, shops or attend public gatherings. People who usually live with you can remain in the home, but you must not have visitors.

What do I need to do?

If you’ve been told to quarantine and are not required to stay in government-designated accommodation, you must stay at your home or accommodation (unless you need medical care).

You cannot attend public places, including:

  • work
  • supermarkets and chemists
  • school, childcare, university
  • places of worship.

Only people who usually live with you should be in your home. Don’t have visitors, even if they are in quarantine as well. Let your family, friends and neighbours know you are in quarantine and tell them not to visit. Consider putting a note on your door to let people know.

If you are in a hotel, avoid contact with other guests and staff.

How long do I need to be in quarantine?

You need to be in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Tasmania.

If you don’t develop any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in that time, you can stop your quarantine and return to your normal daily activities including going to work or school. You don’t need a clearance certificate to return to work or school.

Why do I have to quarantine for 14 days?

If you have been required to quarantine it is because you might become unwell with coronavirus. It can take up to 14 days for people who have been infected with the virus to become sick, and it’s possible to spread the virus to others 48 hours before you feel sick.

Quarantine is very important to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Tasmania. If you have been told to quarantine at home, you must do so. Breaching the quarantine process may incur a penalty of up to $16,800 or face the possibility of up to six months jail time.

Do I need to complete the full 14-day quarantine if I receive a negative test result during this time?

Yes, because the groups of people who are subject to the 14-day quarantine requirements are considered to be at risk of developing COVID-19 symptoms at any point during the relevant 14-day period, and may potentially pass COVID-19 to others before they are aware they have the disease. Even if you return a negative test result within this time, this does not guarantee that you will not develop the disease at a later point within the 14-day period.

What if I have already completed quarantine interstate?

The Tasmanian quarantine period is in addition to the requirement for international travellers to complete 14 days quarantine in government-designated accommodation at the port of arrival in Australia.

If you plan to return to Tasmania after having completed a period of quarantine interstate, you will be required to quarantine for another 14 days in Tasmania.

If you are a Tasmanian resident you must quarantine at your residence, unless:

In these instances, you will be required to complete a period of quarantine at government-designated accommodation.

Non-Tasmanian residents must complete a period of quarantine at government-designated accommodation.

Fees apply to people quarantining in government-designated accommodation (see below).

What COVID-19 testing is available while I’m in quarantine?

People in government-designated accommodation are contacted directly and offered testing at their accommodation on days 5 and 12 of their quarantine period.

Tasmanian residents in home quarantine are contacted on day 12 of their quarantine period and encouraged to be tested prior to the completion of their quarantine period.

Everyone should be tested if they display any cold or flu-like symptoms during or after completing their quarantine period.

Read more about COVID-19 testing.

What should I do if I become unwell after leaving quarantine?

If you develop any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 after leaving quarantine, you should isolate yourself if possible, then call your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to get tested. Tell them about your symptoms and that you have recently been in quarantine.

If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. Tell the operator and the ambulance officer that you have recently been in quarantine.

Can I apply for an exemption from quarantine?

If you meet the criteria for Essential Traveller (Specified Persons) status or eligible maritime crew you may be exempted from the 14 day quarantine requirement but you must still comply with the conditions described in Conditions for Essential Travellers.

Essential Traveller applications must be submitted as part of registering to travel to Tasmania using the G2G PASS system. Read more about G2G Pass.

Arrangements will be made for your transport to the government-designated accommodation.

Fees apply to people quarantining in government-designated accommodation (see below).

While in mandatory quarantine you must stay within your room.

Provisions will be made to ensure that your basic needs are met while you are in a government-designated accommodation facility.

You will be provided with additional information about arrangements for your quarantine, including food, medical and other assistance, upon your arrival in Tasmania.

If you have needs which are not being met through the information provided to you in your room, please contact the hotel reception.

During this time you will not be able to have visitors and must not leave the room. You will be able to communicate with your family and friends via phone and social media while in quarantine.

Penalties will apply for breaches of the quarantine requirement.

If you are experiencing life threatening medical symptoms please call Triple Zero (000) and advise them of your condition and that you are currently in quarantine.

Car at airport

If possible, contact a family friend or relative to collect your vehicle. If this is not possible please liaise with the hotel reception who will work with authorities to facilitate appropriate arrangements. You will be responsible for the cost of parking incurred before your return to Tasmania.

Car at TT-Line

Vehicles will be secured in a facility at the wharf in Devonport. Travellers will be taken to the quarantine facility (either locally or in Launceston) by bus. Arrangements will be made to return people to their vehicles at the end of the 14 day quarantine period.

Costs

Non-Tasmanian and Tasmanian residents entering mandatory government-designated accommodation are required to pay a fee from 31 July 2020 (see below).

Children

All families who have spent time in high-risk areas specified as an 'Affected Region' or 'Affected Premises', or who have disembarked from international or cruise ship travel, or who are symptomatic of COVID-19, will be required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation.

Food

Meals will be provided to your room.

Some accommodation with self-equipped kitchens will allow for us to provide you with food hampers so that you can manage your own food requirements. Food hampers are also provided free of charge.

Consideration will be given to food requirements based on specific dietary needs, cultural restrictions and personal preference.

You are welcome to use delivery take away services such as Uber Eats or other take away delivery at your own cost so long as it is “no-contact delivery”. This means your driver can drop your food off without seeing you for example, at your hotel door or at your hotel reception. You must advise your hotel reception if you are expecting a delivery.

Illness

If you need to access other medical care that is not directly related to coronavirus symptoms, please contact HealthDirect on 1800 022 222. Please tell your HealthDirect operator that you are currently in quarantine in government-designated accommodation. If you are advised through HealthDirect that you need emergency care you should immediately dial Triple Zero (000) and advise of your condition as well as the fact you are in quarantine.

If your need for medical care is non-urgent but still requires GP access within the 14 days that you are in quarantine, please contact the hotel reception who will liaise with the appropriate authorities to make necessary arrangements. If you require specific medication, please speak to the hotel reception who will liaise with the appropriate authorities to make necessary arrangements.

If you experience life threatening symptoms you should immediately dial Triple Zero (000) and advise of your condition as well as the fact you are in quarantine.

Laundry

Your accommodation provider will provide one laundry service free of charge during your 14-day quarantine. You may choose to purchase additional laundry services, however this will be at your own cost.

You may ask family or friends to drop clean clothes at reception for you. Please advise reception if you are expecting a delivery.

If your hotel has in-room laundry facilities you may use these. Speak to your hotel reception to access detergent.

Fresh linen will be provided by the accommodation provider, but left at your door. You will be required to change your linen in your room.

Pets

If you intend to travel to Tasmania with a pet, and you are required to undertake 14 days quarantine in government-designated accommodation, you will need to make arrangements for your pets prior to entering the state.

Such arrangements may be to have a friend or relative collect them on arrival or arrange for them to be collected and cared for by a boarding kennel.  Such arrangements should be finalised before commencing your travel.  Travellers are responsible for any costs associated with the transport or boarding of pets.

Testing

You will be contacted directly and offered testing at your accommodation on days 5 and 12 of your quarantine period.

Visitors

You will not be able to have visitors and must not leave the room.

Quarantine fee

Who does this apply to?

Non-Tasmanian and Tasmanian residents entering mandatory government-designated accommodation are required to pay a fee from 31 July 2020.

This applies to all non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania who are required to undertake 14 days quarantine in Government-designated accommodation. This includes Tasmanian and non-Tasmanian residents who have spent time in an affected region (currently Victoria) or an affected premises in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania.

Tasmanian residents undertaking quarantine at their private residence are not required to pay a quarantine fee.

How much is the fee?

All people undertaking quarantine in government-designated accommodation are required to pay $2,800 per person.

A reduced rate is payable for each additional person, for example, for couples and families.

Accommodation will be charged at the following rates:

  • Single person: $2,800
  • Additional adult: $1,000
  • Child: $500

There will be no charge for children under 3 years of age, and accommodation charges will be capped at $4,800.

Example of charges:

Room Occupancy

Fee

Single person

$2,800

Couple (2 adults)

$3,800

Family (2 adults 1 child)

$4,300

Family (2 adults 2 children)

$4,800

Family (2 adults 3 children – capped at maximum)

$4,800

People who are already undertaking 14 days quarantine in Government-designated accommodation prior to 31 July are not required to pay.

Provisions are provided for people to apply to have the fee waived in limited specific circumstances such as travellers entering the State following essential travel for medical treatment (see below).

When will I receive the bill?

Advice on invoicing for quarantine accommodation will be provided during your 14-day quarantine period.

How long do I have to pay?

You will have 30 days from the date of the invoice to make payment.

How do I pay?

The invoice will list the payment options, which include BPay, cheque, IVR (automated credit card payment), or in person at Service Tasmania or Australia Post.

Detailed instructions will be provided on your invoice.

Can I apply for an exemption?

If you are unable to pay the fees, or there are relevant circumstances that you think should be considered, you can apply to have your hotel quarantine fees waived or reduced.

The two categories under which you can apply to have your fees waived or reduced are on the basis of:

  1. financial hardship; or
  2. where there are compassionate or medical reasons for travel, or exceptional circumstances that would make the requirement to pay hotel quarantine fees unreasonable or unfair.

You will need to provide relevant evidence to support your application to have your fees waived or reduced.

Your invoice will provide information about the application process.

What are the criteria for quarantining at home?

Tasmanian residents must complete their 14 days of quarantine at their residence in Tasmania provided that they:

How do I travel home to quarantine?

When travelling to your home to start quarantine, use private transport if you can, and go straight there, to protect others.

If another person collects you from the port/airport to drive you home, please ensure you:  

  • minimise the number of people in the car – its best if it is just the driver and you
  • wear a facemask
  • wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser before getting in the car
  • avoid physical contact with the driver – consider sitting in the rear left seat
  • practice good hand hygiene, use a tissue (or flexed elbow if a tissue is not readily available) to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Your driver does not need to quarantine but should monitor themselves for any cold or flu-like symptoms. If they develop COVID-19 symptoms, they will need to isolate themselves and call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange a COVID-19 test.

If you need to use public transport (buses, taxis, ride-hail services), you must:

  • wear a facemask
  • practice good hand hygiene and use a tissue (or flexed elbow if a tissue is not readily available) to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • minimise the number of surfaces you touch
  • wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser before, during and after the journey, particularly if you sneeze, cough or blow your nose
  • try to maintain physical distance from others during transit, especially elderly people
  • where possible, avoid direct contact with other passengers and drivers.

What if I share my home/accommodation with others?

It’s particularly important to protect people who are at higher risk of severe illness. That’s older people (people over the age of 60 years) and people with serious underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes and renal failure.

If you live with someone at risk of severe illness, it’s best if they live elsewhere while you are in quarantine. If that’s not feasible, keep as much distance as possible between yourself and them.

If you share your home/accommodation with others:

  • Try to stay away from shared spaces, like the kitchen and lounge room.
  • Wash and dry your hands often and well, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a tissue handy, use the inside of your elbow. Put used tissues in the rubbish straight away and wash your hands well.
  • Sleep in a separate bed and use a separate bathroom, if you can.
  • Keep personal items like towels, face washers and toothbrushes separate.
  • Do not share food or drinks.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces (like door handles, sink taps and benches) in shared areas at least daily, using normal household detergent or disinfectant.
  • Wear a facemask if you need to be around other people at home.

I live with someone who’s in quarantine. Do I need to quarantine too?

If the person you live with who is in quarantine is well (ie does not have coronavirus or symptoms of coronavirus), you are not required to quarantine. It’s acceptable to go to undertake essential activities away from the home as normal (eg go to work/school, seek medical care or shop for essential supplies).

Though you do not need to quarantine you should practice strict physical distancing at all times. It is important that you adhere to good hygiene measures such as frequent hand washing and avoid contact with the person who is in quarantine at your home.

If the person who you live with gets sick and becomes a confirmed case, then you will need to quarantine for 14 days. If you don’t get sick in that time, you’ll be free to leave quarantine.

Remember, it is important that the person who is in quarantine in your home remains in quarantine for the duration of the 14 day period. You may offer them support, where possible, such as bringing them essential goods or providing them meals to minimise the possibility of contact in shared spaces.

What testing is available during home quarantine?

Tasmanian residents quarantining at their residence will be contacted by Public Health Services directly and offered COVID-19 testing on day 12 of their quarantine period. If you develop any symptoms, you can request testing at any time by contacting the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. Read more about COVID-19 testing.

Can I move between two addresses during the quarantine period?

No, you need to remain in or on your primary residence until your period of quarantine has ended. You should not change your address or leave the State during your quarantine period, unless authorised.

What support is available for people caring for a child in quarantine?

Ask your child’s teachers to supply assignments, work sheets and homework by post or email, and if your child can join classes online.

Treat quarantine as an opportunity to do some of those things you never usually have time for, such as board games, craft, drawing and reading.

See here for information on how to talk to your child about COVID-19.

What if my pet needs to see a vet while I’m in quarantine?

Where possible, you should arrange for a friend or family member who is not in quarantine to transport your pet.

How do I arrange urgent repairs to my home while I am in quarantine?

If your home needs urgent repairs while you’re in home quarantine, you can arrange that. However, you must take the following steps to protect the tradesperson:

  • Tell the tradesperson you are in home quarantine because you may have been exposed to coronavirus.
    • If the tradesperson is at risk of severe illness, they may refer you to an alternate provider.
    • Remind the tradesperson they must wash and dry their hands (or use alcohol-based hand rub if their hands do not look dirty) before entering and after leaving your home.
  • Before the tradesperson arrives:
    • Remove clutter from the area the tradesperson needs to work.
    • Clean and disinfect all objects and surfaces (eg door handles, benches and sink taps) they may need to touch.
    • Wash your hands.
  • When the tradesperson is there, keep away. Everyone in the house should stay in another room or outside in your garden if possible. If you need to stay in the same room, keep as far away as possible. Practice good hygiene – use a tissue (or flexed elbow if a tissue is not readily available) to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, then put the tissue in the rubbish.

I’m travelling to Tasmania with a caravan / motorhome, can I quarantine in that?

Travelling to Tasmania is discouraged at this time for non-residents.

There are quarantine requirements in place for all travellers to Tasmania.

If your residence is a caravan or motorhome, you may only quarantine in that vehicle provided you are able to comply with the quarantine directions, including:

  • Isolating from all people, other than those who you ordinarily live with; and
  • Remaining in your residence for the quarantine period.

These directions are legal requirements.

If you will be able to comply with these directions while living in a caravan or motorhome, for example you will be parked on your own land, you must complete your quarantine period in your caravan or motorhome.

However, you will not be able to quarantine in your caravan or motorhome if you will be at a location where you will be required to use shared facilities, for example a shared laundry, bathroom or kitchen. In these instances, you will not be isolating yourself from others, which you are required by law to do. You should therefore quarantine at government-designated accommodation for 14 days.

During quarantine, you must not travel and must remain in or at your identified residence, at a fixed address for the duration of the 14 day quarantine period.

If you are not a Tasmanian resident, you must quarantine at a government-designated accommodation facility.

Does the quarantine period apply to commercial fishers and recreational boaters?

Commercial fishers and recreational boaters do not need to quarantine if they have not been interstate or overseas, and have not taken on crew from interstate or overseas in the past 14 days. You may be asked to verify this on arrival to Tasmania.

If you have taken on crew at sea or have departed Tasmanian waters, you must contact Biosecurity Tasmania (03 6165 3777 or 1300 368 550) who will assist you with the necessary quarantine arrangements.

Mariner applications for exemption from quarantine were previously submitted online by the employer. Under the new system, the individual traveller must make the application via the G2G PASS system. The traveller should upload evidence from their employer to support the application.

The Deputy State Controller offers the some class exemptions under paragraph 8 of the schedule of specified persons to eligible maritime crew from being required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation for a period of 14 days. Strict eligibility criteria applies. Read more about Class Exemptions for maritime workers.

I have information/concerns about non-compliance with quarantine requirements

It’s every Tasmanian’s role to comply with the rules to keep Tasmania safe.

Tasmania Police are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Quarantine directions. While you quarantine at home, Tasmania Police or another authorised officer may conduct compliance checks to ensure you are at your property.

If you have information or concerns regarding non-compliance with quarantine requirements, you can report it by filling out this form.

Can I leave quarantine to access medical care?

You can leave quarantine to access arranged medical care when this is supported by your healthcare provider and it cannot safely or feasibly be postponed or conducted via Telehealth (ie over the phone). You must contact your healthcare provider beforehand and let them know you are in quarantine for COVID-19. Your healthcare provider will determine if your appointment can be deferred and will provide advice on safe travel if the appointment proceeds.

For these purposes, medical care includes:

  • Antenatal appointments
  • Specialist appointments
  • Outpatient clinic appointments
  • Urgent primary care appointments with your doctor that cannot be safely postponed
  • Urgent and emergency transport to hospital.

Can I leave quarantine to get groceries/go to the chemist?

It is very important that you don’t leave your home while you’re in quarantine. If possible, ask a neighbour, family member or friend to help you. Some supermarkets and greengrocers also provide a home-delivery service for groceries. Tell them to leave supplies on your doorstep and not to come into the house.

If this isn't an option, you should contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for emergency assistance.

If you urgently need medication, a pharmacist may be able to supply certain medicines without prescription if you don't have access to your valid prescription or are unable to see your usual doctor. Contact your local pharmacy to discuss your needs.

Pharmacists are allowed to issue an emergency supply of certain medicines without prescription to help ensure Tasmanians can continue to access medical care who may not have access to their valid prescriptions or are unable to see their GP.

These allowances do not include psychotropic substances, and are in addition to existing emergency medicines supply arrangements from a GP and pharmacist. The patient must previously have been prescribed this medicine and the pharmacist must be satisfied it is urgently needed.

Can I go outside?

If you live in a private house, you can go outside into your garden, balcony or courtyard, but you must stay on your property.

If you live in an apartment or unit, you can go onto your balcony. You can go to the shared garden if you wear a facemask to protect others and move quickly through common areas.

Can I access alcohol during quarantine?

Where alcohol providers have an option to order online, and provide contactless delivery, you may continue to receive these orders.

Can I smoke while I’m in quarantine?

If you are in government-designated accommodation, smoking is not permitted in hotel rooms. This means you cannot smoke tobacco or use electronic cigarettes in your room.

If you are in quarantine in a private home, try to smoke as little as possible and do not smoke inside – especially if there are children or pregnant women around you.

Can I attend a funeral if I am in quarantine?

Applications can be considered for attendance at funerals by people in quarantine if:

  • they are well,
  • they wear a mask at all times while out of quarantine,
  • they adhere to physical distancing recommendations and practice hand/respiratory hygiene and
  • they transit directly between their place of quarantine and the funeral and back.

Requests are made as part of the G2G PASS application process.

Can I leave Tasmania during my 14-day quarantine period?

A person can leave their quarantine (whether in government-designated accommodation or private residence) during the 14-day period for the purpose of leaving the State.

They must:

  • transit directly from their quarantine location to the port of departure; and
  • maintain hand hygiene and physical distancing during transit.

Can I leave quarantine if I am a fly-in, fly-out worker?

If you are a Tasmanian resident returning to Tasmania for a period of leave from work interstate, other than from high-risk areas specified as an 'Affected Region' or 'Affected Premises', you must quarantine at your residence as per the home quarantine conditions.

If you are required to leave Tasmania to return to work before the end of your 14 day quarantine period, you may do so, but must:

  • transit directly from your primary residence to the port of departure; and
  • maintain hygiene practices and physical distancing during transit.

Can I access reading materials or other forms of entertainment and education?

Free online resources are offered by Libraries Tasmania.

Using your Libraries Tasmania membership, you can access eBooks and storieseMagazines, eComicseNews and journalseMusiceFilms and eLanguages for free. You can also browse the online databases, historical newspapersfamily history resources, research and reference material, or access online learning resources for younger children.

To access these resources go to:

  • eLibrary where you will find information about borrowing eResources online, or
  • Tasmanian archives + heritage for historical newspapers, family history, or research and reference material.

If you aren’t already a member, you can join online here for free. Upon entering your information, you will receive a confirmation email with your membership number and be asked to create your own PIN.

The quarantine period is 14 days. Therefore, you must stay in quarantine for 14 nights to complete the full quarantine period.

If you are in mandatory quarantine at a government-designated accommodation, you can check out of the accommodation on the 15th day of quarantine.

If you are in home quarantine you can leave home on the 15th day of quarantine at the time of day you entered quarantine. Public Health Services will contact you on Day 12 or 13 to check if you have any symptoms.

In either case, if you develop any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 throughout your quarantine, you should call your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to get tested. Tell them about your symptoms and that you are currently in quarantine. If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. Tell the operator and the ambulance officer that you are in quarantine.

If you develop any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 after leaving quarantine, you should call your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to get tested. Tell them about your symptoms and that you have recently been in quarantine.

Quarantine calculator

For assistance in calculating when you can leave quarantine see the quarantine calculator below:

Look after yourself and your mind

Being confined to your home can cause boredom and stress. Look after yourself and others by:

  • Talking with family and friends.
  • Reflecting on how you have coped with difficult situations in the past and reassuring yourself that you will cope with this situation too. Remember that quarantine won’t last for long.
  • Exercising regularly. Consider exercise DVDs, dancing, floor exercises, yoga, walking around the backyard or using home exercise equipment. Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress and boredom and stay healthy.
  • Keeping in touch with family members and friends by telephone, email or social media.
  • Keeping up a normal daily routine as much as possible.
  • Working from home, if possible.

What to expect

Quarantine can affect people in different ways. You may experience:

Shock (feeling numb)

Body reactions (feeling sick)

Thoughts (feeling confused)

Emotions (fear/anger or sadness)

Behaviour (cannot sleep, changes to diet)

Attitudes (feelings of guilt or failure)

Social (avoiding people or needing to talk about it)

How to look after yourself

  • Keep in touch with people you trust via telephone, email or social media
  • Talk about it
  • Exercise indoors
  • Give yourself time
  • Try to relax
  • Breathe slowly
  • Remember that quarantine is temporary.

How to look after others

  • Listen to their worries, ask what is important to them
  • Reassure children using age-appropriate language
  • Offer to assist with simple things
  • Let them show their feelings
  • Give them time to adjust
  • Reassure them about safety and security
  • Remind them to eat.

You are not alone

Seek help if:

  • you are worried
  • you have no-one to talk to
  • your physical feelings worry you
  • you continue to feel upset.

Do not wait until you are not coping. You can talk to someone now.

Where to get help

In an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000).

Last update: 31 Jul 2020 5:13pm

Support for Tasmania's temporary visa holders

Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants

Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants are available for those who can demonstrate genuine financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

To apply, please call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

There is no requirement for temporary visa holders to be in quarantine or self-isolation to be eligible for the Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants.

To be eligible for assistance you must meet the following criteria:

  • currently reside in Tasmania; and
  • currently hold the following visas (see list below); and
  • can demonstrate hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible visa categories:

  • Student visas (Subclass 500)
  • Temporary graduates (Subclass 485)
  • Provisional Visa Holders (Subclass 489 & 491)
  • Temporary Skilled (Subclass 457 & 482)
  • Seasonal Worker and Pacific Labour Scheme Visas (403, 417 & 462)
  • Bridging Visas (Subclasses 010, 020, 030, 050 and 051)
  • Humanitarian Visas (Subclasses 785 and 790)

If you are not on one of the visa classes listed above (for example Partner Visas) and are suffering hardship without access to assistance, you should register your details through the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 so that your circumstances can be considered.

Australian Red Cross

Support is available to people in Australia with urgent needs who:

  • are not Australian citizens or permanent residents; and
  • have no income or savings and no access to other support.

The majority of people submitting an application who are found to be eligible for assistance will be provided with a small one-off payment. A small amount of financial assistance may be available to provide short-term support to a very small group of extremely vulnerable people who have no other means of support.

Red Cross has ongoing support for people seeking asylum who are not eligible for other services.

For more information on eligibility and to apply please visit the Red Cross website.

Emergency Relief and Assistance

Emergency relief providers help people in times of crisis.

The Tasmanian Government has funded the following organisations to provide this support to temporary visa holders.

Temporary visa holders can contact the below organisations for food, vouchers and other assistance.

Temporary visa holders can also access general emergency relief from a range of other non-government organisations.

Other assistance

Housing

Training and skills

  • If you are on a State Sponsored Skilled Migration Visa, a Humanitarian Visas or a Provisional Partner Visas you may be eligible for the Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI). For more information, including eligibility, visit the Skills Tasmania website or call 1800 655 846.
  • All persons who hold a visa that allows them to work in Tasmania are eligible for Rapid Response Skills Matching Service. This services matches job ready workers with industries and businesses.

Mental health and wellbeing

  • Home isolation periods and/or the spread of COVID-19 can be stressful and may leave you feeling concerned. There are a range of support services available, including talking to a counsellor or other mental health professional.

Support for Temporary Visa Holders to return to their countries of citizenship

The Tasmanian Government’s Temporary Visa Holder Flight Assistance Program is now closed.

If you need assistance to return to your country of citizenship, you can contact:

Visa queries

If you need information about your visa, extensions, travel and other matters, the Home Affairs COVID-19 and the Border and Staying in Australia webpages have detailed information for temporary visa holders.

Last update: 09 Sep 2020 12:12pm

Essential Traveller requirements

As an Essential Traveller coming to Tasmania, there are conditions you must comply with while here. The conditions that apply to you depend on the Category of Application shown on your Tasmanian G2G PASS.

Please also check your G2G PASS approval email for any additional conditions applied by the Deputy State Controller.

If your Essential Traveller (Specified Persons) application was approved under category 2 or 5, you must follow the requirements set out in Annexure A of the Directions in Relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania (General).

For 14 days from arrival in Tasmania, you must:

  1. monitor yourself for symptoms of fever, coughing, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath or unexpected tiredness, which may be evidence that you are infected by the disease;
  2. if you believe you are displaying a symptom of the disease, you must:
    1. contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or a medical practitioner to determine whether to be tested or assessed for the infection of the disease; and
    2. remain at your ordinary place of residence (or a suitable place of residence) except to attend medical care for the purposes of being tested;
  3. cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing;
  4. use disposable tissues and dispose of such tissue after use;
  5. wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap or hand-sanitiser;
  6. maintain, where practicable, physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres from other persons; and
  7. at all times when providing health services or care to a person, wear a surgical mask or other personal protective equipment that is normally worn during such contact.

Affected Region and Affected Premises

If you are an Essential Traveller who falls within Category 2 (Health Services) or Category 5b (Paramedics and Ambulance Officers), and you have spent time in high-risk location specified as an ‘Affected Region’ or ‘Affected Premises’, you are required to enter 14 days quarantine in government provided accommodation upon arrival in Tasmania, unless exempted by the Deputy State Controller.

Please check your G2G PASS email for any additional conditions applied by the Deputy State Controller.

For more information, visit Conditions for Essential Travellers.

  • Category 1: National and State Security and Governance
  • Category 3: Transport, freight and logistics
  • Category 4: Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses
  • Category 6: Police Officers (State and Federal)
  • Category 8: Other persons or classes of persons approved by the Deputy State Controller.

General

If your application was approved for one of the above Essential Traveller (Specified Persons) categories you must follow the requirements set out in Annexure A of the Direction in Relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania (General).

For 14 days from arrival in Tasmania, you must:

  1. monitor yourself for symptoms of fever, coughing, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath or unexpected tiredness, which may be evidence that you are infected by the disease;
  2. if you believe you are displaying a symptom of the disease, you must:
    1. contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or a medical practitioner to determine whether to be tested or assessed for the infection of the disease; and
    2. remain at your ordinary place of residence (or a suitable place of residence) except to attend medical care for the purposes of being tested;
  3. cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing;
  4. use disposable tissues and dispose of such tissue after use;
  5. wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap or hand-sanitiser;
  6. maintain, where practicable, physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres from other persons; and
  7. at all times when in close contact with a vulnerable person, wear a surgical mask or other personal protective equipment that is normally worn during such contact.

Essential Travellers approved under Categories 4a and 4b - Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses, who have not spent time in an affected region or premises in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania, will be contacted by the Public Health Hotline two days after arrival, and every second day afterwards, to confirm they are following the above requirements.

Affected Region and Affected Premises

If you have spent any time in high-risk areas specified as an ‘Affected Region’ or ‘Affected Premises’ (excluding direct transit) in the last 14 days, in addition to the requirements outlined above, you must comply with the Direction in relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania from Affected Regions and Premises.

For 14 days from arrival in Tasmania, you must:

  • comply with any other requirements as directed to you in writing by the Deputy State Controller;
  • wear a surgical mask when in public, and whilst undertaking your work or official duties;
  • remain in, or at, the premises where you are staying while in Tasmania unless:
    • for the purpose of attending work or undertaking official duties;
    • shopping;
    • you are permitted to leave by an authorised officer and you comply with any lawful directions given to you by an authorised officer; or
    • to seek medical care, to leave Tasmania, or in an emergency situation that requires you to leave your residence;
      • If seeking medical care or during an emergency, you must return to your accommodation directly from the medical appointment, or when safe to do so after the emergency has passed.
      • If leaving Tasmania, you must travel directly from your accommodation to the point of departure, wear a surgical facemask, and comply with the hygiene conditions specified above.

Please also check your G2G PASS approval email for any additional conditions applied by the Deputy State Controller. For more information, visit Conditions for Essential Travellers.

If your application was approved as a maritime crew member, you must follow the requirements set out at Maritime Crew, according to the class exemption you have received. You may also have received additional conditions in your G2G PASS.

The maritime classes include:

  • Class 1 – Maritime crew ‘signing off’ a commercial or government vessel in Tasmania;
  • Class 2 – Maritime crew arriving in Tasmania to join a commercial or government vessel; or
  • Class 3 – Maritime crew who are Tasmanian residents returning after disembarking at an interstate port.

If you are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Tasmania but have been approved to attend a funeral, or visit a hospital, aged care facility, or to provide end of life care, this will be shown on your G2G PASS.

Your category will be one of the following:

  • Tasmanian Resident OR Non-Tasmanian Resident – wanting to leave isolation to:
    • attend a funeral;
    • visit an aged care facility/home;
    • visit a hospital;
    • assist with end of life care; or
    • for another reason.

For 14 days from arrival in Tasmania, you must maintain your quarantine unless:

  • attending the hospital or aged care facility (or other approved place) provided that you:
    • do not have any cold or flu-like symptoms;
    • wear a face mask at all times while out of quarantine, including while in contact with a vulnerable person;
    • monitor yourself for symptoms of fever, coughing, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath or unexpected tiredness, which may be evidence that you are infected by the disease;
    • if you believe you are displaying a symptom of the disease, you must:
      • contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or a medical practitioner to determine whether to be tested or assessed for the infection of the disease; and
      • remain at your ordinary place of residence (or a suitable place of residence) except to attend medical care for the purposes of being tested;
    • cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing;
    • use disposable tissues and dispose after use;
    • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap or hand-sanitiser;
    • maintain, where practicable, physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres from other persons; and
    • transit directly between your place of quarantine and the approved place without making any other stops.

If you are approved to visit a hospital or aged care facility, you must have written permission from the facility to visit. You will also be required to comply with any requirements of the facility.

You should make contact with the approved facility to understand what additional conditions might be required of you.

Non-Essential Travellers

You are eligible to quarantine at home if you:

If you have received authorisation from the Deputy State Controller to quarantine in a private residence or other premises, you must comply with the following directions as if you were a Tasmanian resident, and the location where you isolate is your residence.

If you are a Tasmanian resident or authorised person eligible to quarantine at home, for 14 days from arrival in Tasmania you must:

  1. answer any question asked by an authorised officer, or provide any document or other information requested by an authorised officer;
  2. transit directly to your residence and comply with any directions given to you by an authorised officer in relation to your transit;
  3. remain in, or at, your residence for 14 days unless to seek medical care, to leave Tasmania, or in an emergency situation that requires you to leave your residence.
    1. If seeking medical care or during an emergency, you must return to your residence directly after obtaining that care, or when safe to do so after the emergency has passed.
    2. If leaving Tasmania, you must travel directly from your residence to the point of departure, and comply with items 7, 8 and 9 of this list during transit.
  4. isolate yourself from physical contact with all other people other than those who you ordinarily live with until the expiration of the 14 day period of isolation. This means you must not have visitors who are not household members during your 14-days of quarantine;
  5. monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, coughing, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath or unexpected tiredness, which may be evidence that you are infected by the disease;
  6. contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738, or a medical practitioner, if you believe you are displaying a symptom of COVID-19 to determine whether testing is required;
  7. cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing;
  8. use disposable tissues and dispose of such tissues after use; and
  9. wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap or hand sanitised.

You must not leave your property to exercise or shop for other non-emergency reasons, even if you are planning to be on your own at this time.

Other residents in the home

If you live with others, they are not required to isolate with you. They are able to continue to undertake normal activities as required.

However, if you feel unwell or begin to present symptoms of COVID-19, close contacts are encouraged to self-isolate. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, close contacts are required to isolate for 14-days.

All residents should monitor their health carefully while the quarantine period is being undertaken and arrange testing if any household member develops cold or flu symptoms. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, your household must comply with the Direction to Quarantine.

Accessing supplies and services while in quarantine at home

You must not to leave your house while in quarantine unless to receive medical care, in an emergency, to leave Tasmania, or if you are permitted by an authorised officer. You must not leave your house to access general supplies.

Non-quarantining household members should undertake shopping and other services required during this period for you. If you do not live with others who can assist, you can use online shopping and other services, or ask a friend. You should contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 if you are experiencing any trouble accessing supplies.

Home delivery services can be used but you should avoid contact with any delivery people. Ask a delivery person to leave the items at your front door, if possible.

Finishing your 14 days quarantine at home

Public Health Services will phone you around day 12 of your quarantine to check how you are. They will also offer you the option to be tested.

If you are well with no symptoms at the completion of your 14 day quarantine period, you will be able to resume normal activities. You do not require clearance from health authorities. However, you should continue to monitor your health and arrange testing if you develop any cold or flu symptoms, even if mild.

Enforcement

Tasmania Police is responsible for ensuring compliance with these Directions. While you quarantine at home, Tasmania Police or another authorised officer may complete compliance checks.

Monitoring your health

All people completing a period of quarantine must carefully monitor their health at all times while in quarantine. This is a requirement.

If you develop any cold or flu symptoms you must contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or your medical practitioner to arrange testing. You should notify them that you have recently returned from interstate and are in quarantine at home. You must follow any direction provided to you when you are tested in relation to yourself and other household members.

If you need to access other medical care that is not directly related to coronavirus symptoms, contact your medical practitioner as some offer Telehealth consultations. Alternatively contact HealthDirect on 1800 022 222. Please tell your HealthDirect operator that you are currently in quarantine.

If you need emergency care you should immediately dial Triple Zero (000) and advise of your condition as well as the fact you are in quarantine.

Tasmanian residents are required to quarantine in government designated accommodation if they:

Arrangements will be made for your transport to the government-designated accommodation.

Fees apply to people quarantining in government accommodation.

Provisions will be made to ensure that your basic needs are met while you are in a government-designated accommodation facility.

You will be provided with additional information about arrangements for your quarantine, including food, medical and other assistance, upon your arrival in Tasmania.

If you have needs which are not being met through the information provided to you in your room, please contact the hotel reception.

You will be contacted directly and offered testing at your accommodation on days 5 and 12 of your quarantine period.

See Quarantine for more information.

Non-Tasmanian residents are required to quarantine in government designated accommodation, unless exempted by the Deputy State Controller.

If you are required to quarantine at government designated accommodation, arrangements will be made for your transport to that accommodation.

Fees apply to people quarantining in government accommodation.

Provisions will be made to ensure that your basic needs are met while you are in a government-designated accommodation facility.

You will be provided with additional information about arrangements for your quarantine, including food, medical and other assistance, upon your arrival in Tasmania.

If you have needs which are not being met through the information provided to you in your room, please contact the hotel reception.

You will be contacted directly and offered testing at your accommodation on days 5 and 12 of your quarantine period.

See Quarantine for more information.

Last update: 09 Apr 2020 9:37am

Travel to other countries

A travel ban is in place for all Australians effective 25 March 2020. You will not be able to depart Australia to travel overseas.

See the Smartraveller and Department of Home Affairs websites for more information.

Concern for family overseas

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