Medium-risk areas

Last Updated: 27 Nov 2020 7:32am

South Australia is currently classified as a medium-risk area (along with Victoria).

Travellers who have spent time in a medium-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania are required to quarantine. There are exemptions for Essential Travellers.

Quarantine can be undertaken in a suitable premises or in government-designated quarantine. If you do not have suitable premises contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for accommodation to be arranged. A quarantine fee will not apply in these circumstances.

Travellers from medium-risk areas can provide information about an intended quarantine location via the G2G pass system. For more information about suitable premises visit medium-risk areas webpage.

Travellers are no longer required to self-isolate if they arrived in Tasmania before 5:30pm on 16 November and had spent time in South Australia in the previous 14 days.

Travellers in this category, currently self-isolating, and not experiencing symptoms or awaiting COVID-19 test results can now end their self-isolation period.

However, if waiting for a COVID-19 test result please stay in self-isolation until you get a negative result. This decision is based on the latest information showing extensive testing in South Australia over the past week has not detected any wider transmission occurring in the SA community during the week before 16 November.

Travellers who spent time in South Australia in the 14 days before their arrival in Tasmania and who arrived after 5:30pm on 16 November are required to remain in quarantine until they have completed 14 days quarantine or advised otherwise by Public Health.

If experiencing symptoms, contact the Public Health Hotline 1800 671 738 and advise that you are currently in quarantine.

Travellers in quarantine can choose to leave Tasmania if they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If leaving Tasmania, travellers need to travel straight to a port of departure, without stopping on the way. Private transport should be used if possible. If using public transport, travellers should wear a mask and practice good hand hygiene. For further information, call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Three premises have been identified as significant risk.

Anyone who visited the premises below are asked to call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange a COVID-19 test. Advise the Public Health Hotline that you are in self-isolation and have been at one of the identified premises.

  • Dined in, had take-away or a delivery from the Woodville Pizza Bar, Woodville in South Australia at any time between November 6 and 16.
  • Were at The Aquadome, Elizabeth in South Australia between 11am and 1:30pm on Saturday November 14.
  • Were at the Lyell McEwin Hospital, Elizabeth Vale in South Australia between 5:30pm Friday 13 November and 8:00am Saturday 14 November.

Please be alert for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing through the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 if you have any symptoms, even mild.

Please be aware that the COVID-19 situation can change at any time, requiring restrictions or other measures to be put in place. Travellers should continue to monitor the latest situation at all times prior to travel.

As of Friday 27 November 2020 Victoria is classified as a low-risk area

Public Health has classified Victoria as a low-risk area as of Friday 27 November 2020.

Travellers who have only spent time in Victoria or other current low-risk areas, in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania will not have to quarantine.

People arriving in Tasmania from Victoria from this date should now register their travel and contact details via the Tas e-Travel system to receive a Tas e-Travel QR code.

Anyone who is in quarantine based on time spent in Victoria will be able to end their quarantine on Friday 27 November.

South Australia currently remains a medium-risk area. Further advice will be provided in relation to South Australia later this week.

Travellers who have spent time in a medium-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania are required to quarantine and need to submit their intended quarantine location.

Quarantine can be undertaken in a suitable premises or in government-designated quarantine (fees apply).

The most effective way of providing information about an intended quarantine location 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 suitable premises means:

  • a private residence
  • short-term rental accommodation where the person or family isolating is/are the only occupants
  • or other premises approved by the Deputy State Controller.

Examples include:

  • a residential address or property (primary residence, secondary residence i.e. shack, rental property or mooring)
  • a private residence of a relative or friend
  • a rental property including short stay accommodation (e.g. a booking an entire property or cabin, with fully self-contained facilities and no communal areas)

Travellers must provide their intended quarantine address in their G2G PASS application. Relevant evidence should be provided to support the intention to quarantine in a suitable premise, including that you will be able to comply with the quarantine requirements (e.g. food delivery). Types of evidence include:

  • Evidence of Tasmanian residency displaying your name and residential address
  • Evidence of relative or friend’s residency displaying their residential address, and a letter of support from the relative or friend, indicating that they are willing to support the traveller during quarantine
  • Short-stay rental agreement
  • Mooring lease or letter of support from port authority with declaration confirming the traveller has access to fully self-contained facilities and necessary supplies
  • Booking confirmation that shows a reservation for a stand alone property with a minimum stay of 14 days, with declaration confirming the traveller has access to fully self-contained facilities and necessary supplies to support themselves during quarantine.

The following are not accepted as suitable premise for quarantine unless in exceptional circumstances and approved by the Deputy State Controller:

  • Commercial accommodation providers that are not stand alone properties (e.g. hotel rooms)
  • Accommodation with shared facilities in non-private settings (e.g. caravan parks, youth hostels, boarding homes, group homes, single rooms in AirBnB properties)

If you do not have a suitable premises for quarantine, you may be required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation, fees can apply see Quarantine for more details.

Screening

New 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.

All travellers arriving in Tasmania are required to undertake health screening, which involves answering COVID-19 symptom questions and having a temperature check.

Some of the questions can be answered online in the one (1) hour before travelling, to ensure a quicker passage through the port of arrival. Travellers receive an SMS message prior to departure with a link to the online form. If not completed in advance, travellers will be required to answer the questions on arrival.

Travellers with symptoms will be encouraged to have a COVID-19 test.

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

Essential Travellers

Travellers who have spent time in a medium-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.

Essential Travellers are subject to conditions which can include quarantine, testing or providing evidence of testing and monitoring their health.

Read more about the Essential Traveller process.

Changes may occur

Please be aware that the COVID-19 situation can change at any time, requiring restrictions or other measures to be put in place. Travellers should continue to monitor the latest situation at all times prior to travel.

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