Conditions for Essential Travellers

Last Updated: 13 Apr 2021 2:56pm

Some Essential Travellers may be eligible for a full or partial exemption from 14 days quarantine, but must comply with strict conditions. Essential Travellers under Category 2 (Health Services) and Category 8 (Other persons, or classes of persons, approved by the Deputy State Controller) who have spent time in a high-risk area are not exempt from quarantine requirements. They are required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation on arrival in Tasmania for 14 days.

People granted Essential Traveller status receive a G2G PASS by email with information about the conditions they must meet under their category of exemption. These include:

1. Wear a face mask - at all times when in public or while you are working or completing your official duties as per your Essential Traveller status, unless:

a. you are undergoing medical care/treatment that is unable to be provided if you are wearing a face mask;
b. you are travelling in a vehicle by yourself (or only with people who you live with);
c. it is an emergency and it is not practicable for you to obtain or wear a face mask;
d. wearing the face mask would create a risk to your health or safety;
e. you have a lawful reason to remove the face mask or have been required to remove it;
f. you have a medical certificate that certifies that you are not suited to wearing a face mask; or
g. you have written approval from the Deputy State Controller not to wear a face mask.

2. Semi-isolate - remain in, or at, your place of residence while in Tasmania (e.g. your home, your accommodation) unless:

a. you are attending work or undertaking official duties, as per your Specified Person category;
b. you are shopping for food, beverages, fuel, medicine and urgent household supplies;
c. you are permitted to leave by an authorised officer and you comply with any lawful directions given to you by an authorised officer; or
d. to seek medical care, to leave Tasmania, or in an emergency situation that requires you to leave your residence, and
i. if seeking medical care or during an emergency, you must return to your residence directly after obtaining that care, or when safe to do so after the emergency has passed.
ii. if leaving Tasmania, you must travel directly from your residence to the point of departure, wear a surgical face mask, and comply with COVIDSafe behaviours.

3. Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19, which include:

  • a temperature of ≥37.5°C or more;
  • chills and/or night sweats
  • coughing, shortness of breath or sore throat;
  • loss of taste, or smell; or
  • sudden and unexplained fatigue, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, or loss of appetite.
  • 4. If you believe you are displaying any of these COVID-19 symptoms, you must:

  • contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or a GP to arrange testing straight away; and
  • isolate except to access arranged medical care or to have a COVID-19 test;
  • 5. Stay COVIDSafe, including:

  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing;
  • Use disposable tissues and put these in the bin straight after use;
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and running water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser; and
  • Maintain, where practicable, a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people, including the people who you live with.
  • Read these conditions in Schedule 4 of Directions in Relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania.

    Essential Travellers approved under Categories 4a and 4b (specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses) are contacted by the Public Health Hotline two (2) days after arrival, and every second day afterwards, to confirm they are following the above requirements.

    Screening and testing

    Essential Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania are required to undertake a COVID-19 test and screening on arrival.

    Any person granted Essential Traveller as a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) worker must meet the requirements detailed in Schedule 4 of the Directions in Relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania.

    Read more about FIFO workers

    Essential Travellers approved as a health services worker, paramedic or aeromedical officer (as per Categories 2 and 5 of the Schedule 1 of Persons arriving in Tasmania Direction), or who are otherwise in close contact with a person who may be at higher risk of severe illness due to COVID-19, must wear a face mask or other personal protective equipment when providing health services and/or being in close proximity to a person at risk of infection or serious illness.

    Essential Travellers approved as a specialist skills critical to maintain key industries or business (Category 4) are required to follow specific conditions as outlined in Schedule 4 of Persons arriving in Tasmania Direction, these include:

    • wearing a surgical face mask when in public or undertaking their work of official duties;
    • remaining at their approved place of residence unless:
      • attending work or undertaking official duties
      • shopping for household supplies, fuel or medicine
      • to obtain medical care
      • in an emergency situation
      • for the purpose of leaving Tasmania
      • directed to by an authorised officer
    • covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing, using disposable tissues, practicing good hand hygiene and maintaining where practical physical distancing of at least 1.5m from other persons; and
    • monitoring themselves for clinical symptoms of COVID-19 (if displaying COVID-19 symptoms, workers must cease attending work, remain at their approved place of residence and contact the Public Health Hotline or medical practitioner)

    Essential travellers approved as category 3 (transport, freight and logistics) who have spent time in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania must get a COVID-19 test every seven (7) days while in Tasmania, whilst continue to be classified as an Essential Traveller.