Suitable premises

Last Updated: 19 Jan 2022 12:14am

Some approved travellers to Tasmania may be directed to quarantine at suitable premises. There are different standards of suitable premises depending on your risk category.

People who are identified as a close contact of a case, or visited a close contact exposure site, are required to quarantine in suitable premises.

If you do not have a suitable premises, you may be required to quarantine in a government-managed facility. Read about the fees that can apply.

For arrivals who have been in an extreme-risk area, a suitable premises means:

  • a private residence that is a standalone or semi-detached building, which does not share any entrances/exits, corridors or facilities and where the person or people in quarantine is/are the only occupant(s)
  • an Airbnb or other short term rental accommodation that is in a standalone or semi-detached building which does not share any entrances/exits, corridors or facilities and where the person or people in quarantine is/are the only occupant(s)
  • other premises approved by the Deputy State Controller.

The following are not accepted as suitable premises for quarantine for extreme-risk travellers, 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).

For unvaccinated arrivals, a suitable premises means:

  • a private residence
  • an Airbnb or other short-term rental accommodation where the person or people in quarantine is/are the only occupant(s)
  • 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 shared with other guests or the public).

The following are not accepted as suitable premises 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).

Sharing a premises with others

It’s particularly important to protect people who are at higher risk of severe illness. That’s older people (people over the age of 70 years) and people with serious underlying health conditions like:

  • People on immune suppressive therapy following organ transplant
  • People who have had a bone marrow transplant in the last 24 months or are on immune suppressive therapy for graft vs host disease
  • People with blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome diagnosed within the last five years
  • Those having chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

If you live with someone at risk of severe illness, it’s best if they live elsewhere while you are in quarantine. If that’s not feasible, keep as much distance as possible between yourself and them.

If you share your premises with others:

  • Try to stay away from shared spaces, like the kitchen and lounge room.
  • Wash and dry your hands often and well, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a tissue handy, use the inside of your elbow. Put used tissues in the rubbish straight away and wash your hands well.
  • Sleep in a separate bed and use a separate bathroom, if you can.
  • Keep personal items like towels, face washers and toothbrushes separate.
  • Do not share food or drinks.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces (like door handles, sink taps and benches) in shared areas at least daily, using normal household detergent or disinfectant.

Wear a face mask if you need to be around other people at home.

Read more about quarantine.

Nominating your suitable premises

You must provide your intended quarantine address in your Tas e‑Travel application.

Travelling to home quarantine

When travelling to your premises to start quarantine, use private transport if you can, and go straight there, to protect others.

If another person collects you from the port/airport, please ensure you:  

  • minimise the number of people in the car – it's best if it is just you and the driver
  • wear a face mask
  • wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser before getting in the car
  • avoid physical contact with the driver – consider sitting in the rear left seat
  • practise good hand hygiene, use a tissue (or flexed elbow if a tissue is not readily available) to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Your driver does not need to quarantine but should monitor themselves for any cold or flu-like symptoms. If they develop COVID-19 symptoms, they will need to isolate themselves and call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange a COVID-19 test.

If you need to use public transport (buses, taxis, ride-hail services), please ensure you:

  • wear a face mask
  • practise good hand hygiene and use a tissue (or flexed elbow if a tissue is not readily available) to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • minimise the number of surfaces you touch
  • wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser before, during and after the journey, particularly if you sneeze, cough or blow your nose
  • try to maintain physical distance from others during transit, especially elderly people.

If another person collects you from the port/airport, please ensure you:  

  • minimise the number of people in the car – it's best if it is just you and the driver
  • wear a face mask
  • wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser before getting in the car
  • avoid physical contact with the driver – consider sitting in the rear left seat
  • practise good hand hygiene, use a tissue (or flexed elbow if a tissue is not readily available) to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
Illness

If you need to access other medical care that is not directly related to coronavirus symptoms, please contact HealthDirect on 1800 022 222 or your GP. Please tell your HealthDirect operator or GP that you are currently in quarantine. If you are advised that you need emergency care you should immediately dial Triple Zero (000) and advise of your condition as well as the fact you are in quarantine.

Many GPs offer telehealth appointments and may be able to assess you remotely. They may also be able to provide you with prescriptions digitally, such as via an eScript. Check if your local pharmacy offers no contact delivery of medications. If you require non-urgent medical assistance or access to medications, please reach out to Public Health via 1800 671 738 who will be able to advise you further depending on your circumstances.

If you experience life threatening symptoms you should immediately dial Triple Zero (000) and advise of your condition as well as the fact you are in quarantine.

Leaving Tasmania

You may be able to leave quarantine for the purpose of leaving the state, if:

  • you are approved to leave quarantine by the Deputy State Controller; and
  • you are not a confirmed case of COVID-19; and
  • you are not close of a person who has COVID-19.

If you are approved by the Deputy State Controller to leave quarantine and leave Tasmania, you must:

  • transit directly from your quarantine location to the port of departure;
  • wear a face mask; and
  • maintain hand hygiene and physical distancing during transit.
TestingYou will be required to book any tests via the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.
VisitorsYou will not be able to have visitors and must not leave the boundaries of your home or suitable premises.
Interstate quarantine

If you transit directly to Tasmania from an extreme-risk area, you will required to undertake the full period of quarantine.

For travellers who have been in an extreme-risk area in the previous 14 days any time spent in quarantine in another state or territory will count towards the time you need to spend in quarantine in Tasmania.

If, when you were released from interstate quarantine, you spent time in the community interstate, note that you will need to comply with Tasmania’s border entry conditions that apply to that interstate area (as well as accounting for all areas you have spent time during the previous 14 days).