Essential Travellers

If you meet the criteria for Essential Traveller status or eligible maritime crew you may be exempted from the 14 day quarantine requirement but you must still comply with the conditions described in Quarantine conditions for Essential Travellers.

You can apply to be considered an Essential Traveller based on compassionate or medical grounds, if your work is identified as essential, or for other reasons considered on individual merit by the State Controller.

See the Tasmanian Arrivals Form, and information and application forms for applying for Essential Traveller status and eligible maritime crew.

Healthcare workers should refer to the Information for healthcare workers and the Individual quarantine exemption application (Health Service). Every healthcare worker seeking an exemption from quarantine must complete an application form.

If you arrive in Tasmania without a quarantine exemption, you will be required to quarantine until such time that you are advised that an exemption has been granted. If you are not a Tasmanian resident, or you are unwell or have been overseas within 14 days or arrival to Tasmania, you will be required to quarantine at government provided accommodation. If you are a Tasmanian resident, and have proof of this, you will be required to quarantine at your residence in Tasmania.

If you are approved for Essential Traveller status then you will need to comply with the Quarantine conditions for Essential Travellers.

I have applied for Essential Traveller status but haven’t had a response

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is prioritising the applications it receives and working through them as quickly as possible. There are a significant number of applications to assess.

If you have not had a response by the time you arrive in Tasmania, you will be required to quarantine until such time that you are advised that an exemption has been granted. If your application is approved for Essential Traveller status during that time, you will be notified and allowed to leave the quarantine.

My application for Essential Traveller status has been rejected. Can this decision be reconsidered?

The State Controller’s decision is based on the evidence you submit. If you have new information that was not included in your original application, then you are welcome to submit the new information and your application will be re-assessed.