Conditions for Essential Travellers

Last Updated: 23 Sep 2021 9:00am

If you are approved as an Essential Traveller, you may be:

  • required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Tasmania; or
  • partially exempted from quarantine with conditions; or
  • fully exempted from quarantine with conditions.

If you are required to quarantine for 14 days, you must abide by strict quarantine rules as described quarantine and isolation.

If you are partially or fully exempted from quarantine, the conditions that will apply to you will be provided in your G2G PASS and include:

1. Restrict your movements – for 14 days while you are in Tasmania, you must remain in, or at, your place of residence while in Tasmania (e.g. your home, your accommodation) unless:

  • you are attending work or undertaking official duties, as per your Essential Traveller category;
  • you are shopping for food, beverages, fuel, medicine and urgent household supplies;
  • you are permitted to leave by an authorised officer and you comply with any lawful directions given to you by an authorised officer; or
  • to seek medical care, to leave Tasmania, or in an emergency situation that requires you to leave your residence, and
    • 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.
    • if leaving Tasmania, you must travel directly from your residence to the point of departure and comply with COVIDSafe behaviours.

2. Wear a face mask – whenever you are not at home for one of the above reasons, you must wear a surgical face mask. This includes when you are at work or completing your official duties as per your Essential Traveller status.

Face masks are not required when:

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

3. Have COVID-19 tests Essential Travellers from high-risk areas must undertake COVID-19 tests detailed below.

4. 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.

If you believe you are displaying any of these COVID-19 symptoms, you must:

  • stop attending work;
  • 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.

Additional conditions for all Essential Travellers who are health workers, and carers for people at high risk of severe illness

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.

Read these conditions in Schedule 4 of Directions in Relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania (quarantine) or in Arrival Requirements for Certain Travellers to Tasmania (testing).

Testing of Essential Travellers

All Essential Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area (Levels 1 or 2) in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania are required to undertake at least two COVID-19 tests after arrival in Tasmania.

Essential travellers in quarantine either at a suitable premises or government-designated accommodation must have a test:

  • before the third day of their quarantine period; and
  • after day 12 of the quarantine period.

Essential travellers not entering quarantine (i.e. those with full and partial exemptions) must have a test:

  • within 24 hours of arrival in Tasmania; and
  • as soon as practicable after the 7th day following their arrival in Tasmania; and
  • as soon as practicable after the 12th day following their arrival into Tasmania.

A partial exemption includes a person who is provided a leave of absence from quarantine for compassionate reasons, for example  to attend a funeral.

For more information, go to testing for COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing of high-risk travellers applies for each entry into the State – regardless of how many times the traveller visits. The exception is for transport, freight and logistics operators (Essential Traveller Category 3).

There are different testing requirements for transport, freight and logistics workers.

Testing for Transport, Freight and Logistics

Tasmania has adopted a nationally consistent approach to COVID-19 testing transport, freight and logistics workers travelling into and out of Tasmania.

The new testing requirements apply to relevant persons arriving in Tasmania from Friday, 24 September 2021.

This approach follows the agreement at National Cabinet of the Freight Movement Code for the Domestic Border Controls in August 2021.

The new rules mean that each time a transport, freight and logistics worker arrives in Tasmania from anywhere in Australia, they must provide evidence of having had a negative COVID-19 test in the seven days prior to their arrival. The worker must not have had a positive test for the disease within that same period.

Evidence of this negative test must be provided through the Tasmanian G2G PASS before entering Tasmania or presented to Biosecurity Tasmania on arrival in Tasmania.

The testing requirement does not apply to a person who does not leave their port of arrival.

See Additional conditions for all transport, freight and logistics workers below for more information.



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)

New testing requirements apply to relevant persons arriving in Tasmania from Friday, 24 September 2021.

After arrival in Tasmania, transport, freight and logistics workers must have a test every seven days until:

  • they have had at least two COVID-19 tests, and
  • 14 days have passed since the person arrived in Tasmania.

If a transport, freight and logistics worker arrives in Tasmania without evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in the seven days prior to travel, then they must:

  • have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in Tasmania, and
  • then continue to have a COVID-19 test every seven (7) days until:
    • they have had at least two COVID-19 tests, and
    • 14 days have passed since the person arrived in Tasmania.

The testing requirements do not apply to a person who does not leave their port of arrival.

To organise a COVID-19 test, go to Testing for COVID-19 or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Travellers disembarking the Spirit of Tasmania can attend the East Devonport testing clinic (no booking required) at 67 Caroline Street (access via John Street). The clinic is open daily 7:30am to 2:30pm.

Who do the new testing rules apply to?

The new testing rules apply to any person entering Tasmania who, is responsible for the provision of transport or freight and logistics into and out of Tasmania.

The testing rules apply to people entering Tasmania from anywhere in Australia, including low risk areas.

If I need to get tested on arrival, do I have to isolate until I get a negative test?

No. If you need to get tested within 24 hours of arrival you are not required to isolate unless you begin to experience symptoms of the disease.

If you have travelled from a medium or high risk area, you must comply with the conditions of your arrival as an Essential Traveller – including limiting your movement and wearing a facemask.

Everyone should continue to follow COVID safe behaviours and practice physical distancing, regular hand hygiene and use the Check in TAS app.

What happens if I don’t follow the new rules?

It is an offence to not comply with the new testing requirements. Transport, freight and logistics workers will be contacted to ensure they have had a test within 24 hours of arrival.

If you do not comply with the requirements, you may be required to quarantine for 14 days or until you have a negative COVID-19 test.