You need to be aware of Tasmania’s border rules if you are:
- a Tasmanian going interstate and then returning to Tasmania
- visiting Tasmania from another state for work or personal reasons
- relocating to live in Tasmania
To make sure you understand how the rules will impact your travel, you need to:
- Check the risk level of the places you will have been in the 14 days before coming to Tasmania
- Apply for a travel pass (either Tas e-Travel or G2G pass depending on where you have spent time)
- Keep up to date on changes to risk levels in the lead up to your travel - as your approval to enter Tasmania or quarantine requirements may change
Check the risk level of the places you’ve been
Think about where you will have been in the 14 days before you want to arrive in Tasmania.
Depending on where COVID-19 cases are in a state or territory, the whole state might be the same risk level or risk levels can vary within jurisdictions. For example, a city might be a high-risk area but the rest of the state is low-risk. Another common example is that a state could be medium-risk but several local government areas within that state may be high-risk areas.
As well as looking at the states and territories you will have been in before coming to Tasmania, it’s important to know that specific premises can be assigned a risk level too, so a city might be a medium-risk area but could contain several high-risk premises. High-risk premises are often called ‘exposure sites’ because they are places that people with COVID-19 have been before they have tested positive.
You need to check that you haven’t been in any high-risk premises in those states and territories.
You may have been exposed to COVID-19 if you’ve been there at the same time as the positive case and you won’t be allowed to enter Tasmania.
Check the high-risk premises listed by state/territory on the Travel Alert webpage.
It’s important to check exactly where you’ve been in the 14 days before you want to arrive in Tasmania to understand whether you will be able to come to Tasmania, if you need to quarantine, and which system to use to apply for travel pass.
Apply for a travel pass
If you’ve been to a medium-risk area, you will need to apply via the G2G system and quarantine for 14 days when you arrive. You can do your quarantine in any location that’s considered a suitable premises. In most cases, this will be your home if you’re a Tasmanian. Read more about suitable premises. Do not assume that your G2G pass application will be approved.
If you’ve been in a high-risk area you should not assume that you will be able to come to Tasmania. This is because the risk of COVID-19 reaching Tasmania through travellers from this area is considered to be high. You can apply to enter the state as an Essential Traveller but you shouldn’t assume you’ll be approved, even if you are Tasmanian.
Essential Traveller status can be sought for critical work reasons, such as you are in a key freight or logistics role or have an urgently needed skill that’s not available locally. You’ll need to provide evidence to support this claim.
Essential Travellers who are here for critical work purposes will need to quarantine when they’re not doing their work and wear a mask, and may be required to take precautions like regular COVID-19 testing and wearing a mask.
Essential Traveller status can also be sought for critical health or compassionate reasons, such as you need to visit someone close to you towards the end of their life or to attend a funeral; you’re relocating to Tasmania to live; or you’re returning from receiving health treatment interstate.
If you’re approved as an Essential Traveller from a high-risk area and need to quarantine, you may have to do it in a government-designated facility, rather than a suitable premises like your home. There is a fee for quarantine in government hotels and you may be transported to another area of the State if accommodation isn’t available in the region that you arrive in.
If you’re approved to attend a funeral or end of life visit, you will only be able to leave quarantine for that reason. Read more about quarantine.
If you’ve been to a high-risk area you need to apply for approval from the Deputy State Controller to come to Tasmania and can do this via the G2G system. Apply for a G2G PASS
Keep up to date on changes to risk levels
The COVID-19 situation can change at any time, meaning Tasmania’s border rules and travel pass requirements could change at short notice (even after you have arrived in Tasmania). Stay up to date and check the latest information on the Travel Alert page.