Coming to Tasmania

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Last Updated: 29 Mar 2020 1:25pm

Tasmanian border restrictions

The Tasmanian Government has declared a State of Emergency. Strict requirements to self-isolate in government provided accommodation will be in place from 11:59pm Saturday 28 March 2020.

Who does this apply to?

Arrivals after 11:59pm Saturday 28 March 2020 but before 11:59pm Sunday 29 March 2020

All people who have disembarked from a cruise ship since 14 March 2020 (specified cruise passengers), and all international arrivals to Tasmania that have returned back to Australia from overseas since 14 March 2020 is required to enter a 14 day period of self-isolation in government provided accommodation on arrival in Tasmania. The only exception to this is for people who are Essential Travellers.

Arrivals after 11:59pm Sunday 29 March 2020

From this time, every person arriving in Tasmania, including Tasmanian residents, (with the exception of Essential Travellers) is required to enter a 14 day period of self-isolation in government provided accommodation on arrival in Tasmania. This Tasmanian self-isolation requirement will be in addition to Australian Government requirements for all returning international travellers and specified cruise passengers to enter self-isolation at their point of arrival into Australia.

What does this mean?

You cannot leave your port of entry and go to your private residence or previously arranged accommodation. All international and cruise ship arrivals (before 11:59pm Sunday 29 March 2020) and all people entering Tasmania after 11:59pm Sunday 29 March 2020 must report directly to Biosecurity Tasmania staff at your port of entry.

You will be required to complete a Tasmanian Arrivals Form. Arrangements will be made for your transport to the government provided accommodation. You will be provided with additional information about arrangements for your self-isolation upon your arrival in Tasmania.

Further information about food, assistance and other information will be provided to you on arrival in Tasmania.

What does mandatory self-isolation mean?

While in mandatory self-isolation you must stay within the room provided to you. Further advice will be available in your room on how to access services including medical treatment if required. Provisions will be made to ensure that your basic needs are met while you are in a government provided accommodation facility for the duration of your 14 day self-isolation. You will be provided with more detailed information about this on your arrival in Tasmania.

During this time you will not be able to have visitors and must not leave the room. If you have needs which are not being met through the information provided to you in your room, then please contact the hotel reception and your request will be facilitated through there.

You will be able to communicate with your family and friends via phone and social media while in self-isolation.

Penalties will apply for breaches of the self-isolation 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 self-isolation.

For more information, see Tasmanian border restrictions.

Essential Travellers

If you meet the criteria for Essential Traveller status you may be exempted from the 14 day self-isolation requirement but you must still comply with the conditions described in Self-isolation conditions for Essential Travellers.

You can apply to be considered an Essential Traveller based on compassionate or medical grounds, if your work is identified as essential, or for other reasons considered on individual merit by the State Controller.

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

Healthcare 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 arrive in Tasmania without an exemption, you will be required to self-isolate in government provided accommodation until such time that you are advised that an exemption has been granted.

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

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 self-isolation 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.

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

No. As of 11:59pm Sunday 29 March 2020, every person arriving in Tasmania, including Tasmanian residents, (with the exception of Essential Travellers) are required to enter a 14 day period of self-isolation in government provided accommodation on arrival in Tasmania.

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.

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.

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 fill out this form.