Conditions for Essential Travellers

Last Updated: 22 Dec 2021 1:29pm

If you are approved as an Essential Traveller, you will be exempt from quarantine with conditions.

You must comply with these conditions until you receive the negative COVID-19 test result from your day five test.

If you do not have this day five test, you must continue to comply with the following for 14 days.

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

  • you are attending work or undertaking official duties, as per your Essential Traveller category exemption;
  • 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 COVID-safe behaviours.

2. Wear a face mask – whenever you are not at home for one of the above reasons, you must wear a 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

Covid-19 tests  are required:

  • 72 hours prior to travel to Tasmania
  • Day 1 and day 5 if from a high-risk area
  • Day 5 if from a low-risk area

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 COVID-safe, 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.

Testing for transport, freight and logistics workers and international aircrew

Transport, freight and logistics workers and international aircrew cross borders frequently in line with their work.

Where these people would be required to have COVID-19 tests to travel to Tasmania (e.g. because they are unvaccinated, or because they are travelling from a high risk area), Tasmania has specific testing requirements.

This applies to transport, freight and logistics workers who are:

  • Unvaccinated, or
  • Fully vaccinated but from high risk areas.

This also applies to international aircrew who arrive in Australia on an international flight (vaccinated and unvaccinated).

These arrivals must:

  • provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result from a COVID-19 test taken in the seven days prior to their arrival; must not have had a positive test for the disease within that same period.
  • Upload evidence of this result through the Tas e-Travel system before entering Tasmania, or present the evidence to Biosecurity Tasmania on arrival in Tasmania.

After arrival in Tasmania the relevant travellers must have a test every seven days until:

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

If the relevant transport , freight and logistics worker or international aircrew, 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.

Once tested within 24 hours of arrival travellers are not required to isolate unless they begin to experience symptoms of the disease.

Find out how to organise a COVID-19 test 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.

It is an offence to not comply with the new testing requirements and travellers may be required to quarantine for 14 days or until they have a negative COVID-19 test.

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