Coming to Tasmania

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.