Conditions for Essential Travellers

Last Updated: 25 Aug 2021 4:17pm

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:

a. you are attending work or undertaking official duties, as per your Essential Traveller 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 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:

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.

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

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 e.g. to attend a funeral.

Read about how to be tested 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).

Testing for Transport, Freight and Logistics

Tasmania has adopted a nationally consistent approach that means transport, freight and logistics operators who have evidence of having had a negative COVID-19 test in the seven (7) days prior to their arrival (and have not had a positive test for the disease within that seven (7) day period) do not have to have a test within 24 hours of arrival in Tasmania.

Instead, transport, freight and logistics workers must have a COVID-19 test within each seven (7) day period since their arrival in Tasmania, until 14 days have passed, and they have had two tests.

If a transport, freight and logistics worker arrives in Tasmania without evidence of a seven (7) day test, then they must comply with the testing requirements detailed above for high risk arrivals (that is, a COVID-19 test on days 1, 7 and 12).

To organise a COVID-19 test, contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.



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)

Tasmania has adopted a nationally consistent approach that means transport, freight and logistics operators who have evidence of having had a negative COVID-19 test in the seven (7) days prior to their arrival (and have not had a positive test for COVID-19 within that seven (7) day period) do not have to have a test within 24 hours of arrival in Tasmania.

However, transport, freight and logistic workers must have a COVID-19 test within each seven (7) day period since their arrival in Tasmania, until 14 days have passed, and they have had two tests.

To organise a COVID-19 test, contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.