Extreme-risk travel rules

Last Updated: 19 Jan 2022 12:14am

Areas within Australia and overseas may be declared extreme-risk based on the number of COVID-19 cases in the area, the level of community transmission and/or the variant of COVID-19 in the area

If you have spent time in an extreme-risk area in the 14 days before you intend to arrive in Tasmania, you must apply for approval to enter Tasmania. If approved, additional conditions apply including testing and quarantine requirements.

There are currently no extreme-risk areas.

All travellers who have been in extreme-risk areas in the 14 days before you intend to arrive in Tasmania must apply for approval to enter, regardless of vaccination status.

You must be able to meet all conditions and provide evidence in order to be approved to enter Tasmania – this includes having suitable premises at which to undertake quarantine. Currently there is high-demand for government-managed quarantine accommodation. If you do not have suitable premises (including the ability to quarantine alone or only with other members of your travelling group) you may not be approved to enter. If you cannot meet all conditions or do not submit evidence with your application you may not be approved to enter at this time.  If you arrive without approval you may be directed to depart Tasmania.

If approved, you must:

  • return a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test result within the 24 hours prior to departure or a PCR test 72 hours prior to departure to Tasmania – this applies to all travellers aged five years and older.
  • only arrive at an approved entry point; and
  • quarantine for 7 days* in a suitable premises (quarantine alone or with other members of travelling group) or if not available, in government-managed facility; and
  • travel directly to quarantine wearing a face mask and using private transport for personal use (no Uber, taxi or private bus allowed); and
  • have a COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test on days 1 and 5 after arrival in Tasmania; and
  • comply with any other conditions that may apply.

*Any time spent in another Australian jurisdiction on arrival from an extreme-risk area will be taken off the quarantine requirement on arrival in Tasmania. This will be calculated through the Tas e-Travel system on registration. This will not apply if the Australian jurisdiction is listed as extreme-risk.

Important

You will be required to scan your Tas e-Travel QR code on arrival in Tasmania.

No quarantine exemptions are allowed for travellers who transit directly to Tasmania after having been in extreme-risk areas in the 14 days before they intend to arrive in Tasmania. However, travellers who arrive from an extreme-risk area into another Australian jurisdiction (listed as low or high-risk) and spend time in that jurisdiction will have that amount of time deducted from the quarantine requirement on arrival in Tasmania if approved to enter. For example, if a traveller spends more than 7 days in another Australian jurisdiction, since the date of arrival in Australia, there will not be a quarantine requirement* on arrival in Tasmania, providing the traveller complies with the arrival conditions that Tasmania applies to that particular jurisdiction (i.e. depending if it is low or high risk) – including registering travel to Tasmania through the Tas e-travel system.

* Testing requirements for travellers approved to enter Tasmania who have been in an extreme risk area in the 14 days before arrival still apply. These include a test within 24 hours of arrival and another test on or after day 5. This applies even if the person is not in quarantine.

Do not travel unless approved. If you arrive without approval, you will be required to quarantine while your application is assessed, and you may be required to leave Tasmania if not approved.

Penalties apply for travellers who ignore entry requirements to Tasmania.

Transit

Travellers from low-risk areas can transit directly through high-risk and extreme-risk areas without being subject to the high/extreme-risk arrival conditions (testing and quarantine) if they:

  • transit directly from the low-risk area to an airport or seaport by private vehicle or express public transport, only stopping for fuel
  • arrive directly into an airport on a flight and do not leave except to board another flight
  • arrive directly into a seaport on a vessel and do not leave the seaport except to board a vessel
  • arrive directly into an airport on a flight and stay overnight in an approved hotel, transiting directly from the port of arrival to the hotel and only leaving the airport hotel to return to the airport terminal or
  • exit a government managed quarantine facility in the high-risk/extreme-risk area and travel directly to a seaport or airport without stopping, other than for fuel if in a private vehicle.