High-risk areas

Last Updated: 08 Jun 2021 4:40pm

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Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area or premise need to provide information to help determine entry and quarantine requirements for travel to Tasmania.

The most effective way of doing this is via the G2G PASS system.

Where possible, travellers are encouraged to do this at least three (3) business days before arrival and not more than 14 days before travel.

A new G2G PASS registration is required each time a person travels to Tasmania. For more information visit Travel FAQs.

For the list of current high-risk areas and premises see Travel Alert.

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High-risk areas - Australia

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are not permitted to enter Tasmania, unless approved as an Essential Traveller.

If approved to enter Tasmania, quarantine will be required in either:

  • a government-designated facility, if the traveller has been to a Level 1 area or premises (fees can apply) or
  • a suitable premises - if the traveller has only been to a Level 2 area or premises.

The border entry requirements that apply on arrival depend on the level allocated to the high-risk status: either Level 1 (highest risk) or Level 2 (high risk).

If approved to enter Tasmania, arrivals must:

  • quarantine in either government-designated accommodation (High-risk Level 1) or suitable premises (High-risk Level 2). Fees can apply for government-designated accommodation.
  • Undertake two COVID-19 tests – see Essential Travellers for more details.
  • Essential Travellers who have a full or partial exemption from quarantine must comply with additional arrival conditions, such as semi-isolate and wear a facemask. See Conditions for Essential Travellers.

Any travellers approved to enter Tasmania from high-risk areas who are travelling to Tasmania’s Islands e.g. King Island, Flinders Islands or others in the Furneaux group of islands, must not travel to these islands without the approval of the Deputy State Controller. A person who is subject to a quarantine requirement and who arrives at the islands may be asked to leave the island (or Tasmania). For more information see Travelling to Tasmania’s islands.

High-risk areas – Overseas and cruise ships

    Arriving in Australia from overseas

  • Travellers who arrive in Australia from overseas (other than direct flights to Australia from New Zealand, or approved Australian Antarctic Division travellers), must complete quarantine in a government-designated accommodation at the first port/airport of arrival (e.g. Sydney). Travellers are not permitted to transit to Tasmania until that period of quarantine has been completed.
  • Travellers who complete 14 days quarantine in interstate government-designated accommodation after arriving in Australia from overseas, do not need to quarantine on arrival in Tasmania.
  • This applies to a person who travels to Tasmania on the same day that they exit interstate quarantine (day 14).
  • For information purposes, you will be asked what countries you have spent time in the last 28 days and where you completed your Australian quarantine through the Tas e-Travel process
  • Please note - if the area where you exit quarantine is listed as medium or high-risk by Tasmanian Public Health Services, and you spend time in this area, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Tasmania. This does not apply if you “transit directly” through that area to an airport or seaport in order to travel to Tasmania. Visit transit directly for more information on what is considered “direct transit”.
  • Travelling directly to Tasmania from overseas

  • Travellers who have been overseas (other than low risk areas in New Zealand) or on a cruise ship in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania, must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Tasmania.
  • Overseas arrivals must also have two COVID-19 tests while in quarantine – the first will occur within 48 hours of arrival, and the second will be on or soon after day 12 of quarantine.
  • Travellers who have spent time overseas (other than low risk areas in New Zealand) or on a cruise ship in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania require pre-approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter Tasmania.

Essential Travellers

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania and whose travel is for identified critical work, health, compassionate or other specified reasons can seek to enter the State as an Essential Traveller.

Most Essential Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area require pre-approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter Tasmania.

The most effective way of seeking Essential Traveller status is via the G2G system.

Essential Travellers are subject to conditions which includes quarantine, a requirement to wear a facemask, having two COVID-19 tests or providing evidence of testing, and monitoring their health.

Read more about the Essential Traveller process.

Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) expeditioners and associated crew

Antarctica is considered an overseas location. This means that any person who has spent time in Antarctica in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania will be required to enter government-designated accommodation unless they meet the definition of a low-risk Antarctic arrival.

A low-risk Antarctic arrival is defined by the Deputy State Controller as:

A person who arrives in Tasmania from Antarctica and is a participant in an Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) Antarctic program as either an expeditioner or associated crew member (including flight crew), provided that:

  • in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania from Antarctica, the person did not spend any time in a medium or high-risk area; and
  • in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania (and while in Antarctica), the person did not come into contact with a person who was not also engaged in an AAD Antarctic program as an expeditioner or associated crew member.

If eligible against this definition, the AAD expeditioner or associated crew should select “Antarctica – eligible AAD personnel” when registering through the Tas e-Travel system.

A person who has spent time in Antarctica and does not meet this definition will be required to enter quarantine on arrival in Tasmania. They can then apply to be recognised as an Essential Traveller. The easiest way to do this is through the G2G PASS by selecting “Antarctica – other traveller”.

Through the G2G PASS, the expeditioner should consider including evidence to support their application that shows: total time spent in Antarctica, and where; travel itinerary; any relevant COVID-19 plans; evidence of employment under which national Antarctic program; and/or other supporting information.

Changes may occur

The COVID-19 situation can change at any time, meaning Tasmania’s border restrictions and entry requirements could change at short notice. Please stay up to date and check the latest information before travelling.

For the list of current high-risk areas and premises see Travel Alert.