Cruise ships

Last Updated: 22 Dec 2021 2:06pm

Tasmania’s border arrival policies for cruise ships changed from 15 December 2021 to allow small cruise ships to operate Tasmanian-based tours. Read Cruise ship Direction for more detail.

Australian-based cruise ships

A small cruise ship is defined as a sea-going vessel that has no more than 99 passengers on board.

In this first stage of resuming cruise ship tourism, the following applies:

  • The vessel must not have more than 99 passengers on board (this does not include crew).
  • The vessel’s itinerary must start and finish in Tasmania, and the journey must not involve any locations outside of Tasmania.
  • All passengers and crew on board are to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine. The following limited exemptions apply:
    • For people who have a medical exemption and who have necessary supporting evidence
    • Children aged less than 12 years and two months old
    • Emergency service workers
    • People boarding the vessel to provide a service to that vessel (eg cleaners, delivery persons, port authorities) if the person wears a face mask while on board the vessel.
  • All passengers and crew must provide a negative COVID-19 test result 72 hours prior to departure on the vessel. The following limited exemptions apply:
    • For people who have a medical exemption and who have necessary supporting evidence
    • Emergency service workers
    • Crew of the vessel who comply with a rolling seven day testing requirement
    • People boarding the vessel to provide a service to that vessel (eg cleaners, delivery persons, port authorities) if the person wears a face mask while on board the vessel and is not on the vessel for more than 24 hours.
  • A vessel must come to Tasmania with only crew on board (no passengers). Crew members will be required to comply with Tasmania’s border policies that apply to them based on their vaccination, testing and travel history status.
  • Check in TAS must be used once per day for any person boarding the vessel.
  • Vessels must have COVID-19 Safety Plans regarding their operation of cruise ships in Tasmania.
  • The Director of Public Health may require other public health and social measure during the cruise tourism season.

People arriving by air who are meeting the small cruise ship in Tasmania to undertake a cruise tour must comply with Tasmania’s border requirements, based on their vaccination, testing and travel history. Read about rules for coming to Tasmania.

International cruise ships

The operator of a cruise ship from another country must not allow the ship to enter Tasmanian waters unless they have been given permission to enter under Tasmanian and Australian law.