Low-risk areas

Last Updated: 14 Oct 2021 12:14am

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Travellers who have only spent time in low-risk areas in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania are not required to quarantine upon arrival.

These travellers can register their travel and contact details through the Tas e-Travel system no more than one day before they arrive. This helps ensure declarations about previous travel are as up-to-date as possible, especially while new high-risk premises are being regularly identified in other jurisdictions.

(The Tas e-Travel system has been updated to allow people to create an account and easily register their travel and contact details each time they travel to Tasmania).

The only exception to this is where a traveller has spent time in a high-risk premise.

Tas e-Travel

In some circumstances, travellers from low-risk areas are permitted to transit directly through medium or high-risk areas without being subject to quarantine requirements when arriving in Tasmania if they comply with the following:

Transiting through high-risk area

  • The traveller transits directly from the low-risk area to an airport or seaport by private vehicle or express public transport, only stopping for fuel.
  • The traveller arrives directly into an airport on a flight and does not leave except to board another flight.
  • The traveller arrives directly into a seaport on a vessel and does not leave the seaport except to board a vessel.
  • The traveller arrives directly into an airport on a flight and stays 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.
  • The traveller exits a government managed quarantine facility in the high-risk area and travels directly to a seaport or airport without stopping, other than for fuel if in a private vehicle.

Note: This does not apply if a traveller spends any time in part of the airport or seaport that is declared a high-risk premises.

The approved airport hotels for direct transit through New South Wales are:

  • ibis Budget Sydney Airport - 5 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot
  • Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport - 3 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot
  • Quest Mascot Apartment Hotel - 108 - 114 Robey Street, Mascot
  • Citadines Connect Sydney - 121 Baxter Road, Mascot Sydney

The approved airport hotel for direct transit through Queensland is:

  • Ibis Brisbane Airport - 2 Dryandra Road, Brisbane Airport

The approved airport hotels for direct transit through Victoria are:

  • Quest Melbourne Airport – 20 Annandale Road, Melbourne Airport
  • Parkroyal Melbourne Airport - Arrival Drive, Melbourne Airport
  • Quality Hotel Melbourne Airport, 265 Mickleham Road Tullamarine
  • Ciloms Airport Lodge, 398 Melrose Drive, Tullamarine

Transiting through medium-risk area

  • The traveller transits directly from the low-risk area to an airport or seaport by private vehicle only stopping for fuel.
  • The traveller transits from the low-risk area through the medium risk area to an airport or seaport on public transport only stopping to allow a person to enter or leave the transport at a station to transfer to another connection at the station to travel to the airport or seaport. If a person disembarks at a public transport station within a medium risk area, they are only able to disembark to make another connection to the airport or seaport. They are not able to leave the station.
  • The traveller arrives directly into an airport on a flight and stays overnight in an approved airport hotel, transiting directly from the airport terminal to the hotel and only leaving the airport hotel to return to the airport terminal.
  • The traveller exits a government managed quarantine facility in the medium-risk area and travels directly to a seaport or airport by private vehicle or public transport (see above).

Note: This does not apply if a traveller spends any time in part of the airport or seaport that is declared a medium-risk premises.

While transiting through a medium or high-risk area, travellers must abide by the legal requirements of the jurisdiction(s) they are in e.g. wearing a face mask.

The registration process involves providing contact details and answering questions about where travellers have spent time prior to arrival. Upon registering, travellers receive a Tas e-Travel QR code that is scanned on arrival in Tasmania.

If travellers have not registered online prior to arrival in Tasmania, a written form will need to be completed at the port of arrival. Registrations can submitted no more than one day before they arrive. This helps ensure declarations about previous travel are as up-to-date as possible, especially while new high-risk premises are being regularly identified in other jurisdictions.

A new Tas e-Travel registration is required each time a person travels to Tasmania. For more information visit Travel FAQs.

Screening

Processes are in place at Tasmanian airports and seaports to protect the health and safety of visitors and the community. Travellers are asked to be patient as border staff work to ensure their entry to Tasmania is as efficient as possible.

On entry to Tasmania, travellers will have their temperature checked. Biosecurity officers also scan each person’s Tas e-Travel or G2G PASS QR codes and verify that travellers have not spent time in a medium or high-risk area, and are not required to be in isolation interstate. If a traveller has not completed the relevant forms, they will be required to do so on arrival. Travellers are encouraged to have a COVID-19 test if they have symptoms or their temperature reading is above the normal range.

Travellers receive an SMS health check message during their stay in Tasmania.

Travellers should contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for a free COVID-19 test if at any time while in Tasmania they develop:

  • fever (or signs of fever, including chills or night sweats)
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • sore/itchy throat
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste or smell

Border restrictions remain in place for people who have spent time in a medium or high-risk area.

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. Read about how to prepare for the uncertainties of travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit Coming to Tasmania for the list of current low-risk areas.