Essential Travellers that meet strict criteria will be exempt from the 14 day quarantine requirement but must still comply with public health conditions. Read the full Direction in relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania.
For 14 days from arrival in Tasmania, Essential Travellers must:
- monitor yourself for symptoms of fever, coughing, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath or unexpected tiredness, which may be evidence that you are infected by the disease;
- if you believe you are displaying a symptom of the disease, you must:
- contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or a medical practitioner to determine whether to be tested or assessed for the infection of the disease; and
- remain at your ordinary place of residence (or a suitable place of residence) except to attend medical care for the purposes of being tested;
- cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing;
- use disposable tissues and dispose of such tissue after use;
- wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap or hand-sanitiser; and
- maintain, where practicable, physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres from other persons.
If you are granted Essential Traveller status, you will receive a G2G PASS email directing you to further advice about the conditions you must meet under your category of exemption.
Health workers and carers for vulnerable people
If you are a Health Services worker, paramedic or ambulance officer (as per categories 2 and 5 of the Schedule) or are otherwise in close contact with a person who may be at higher risk of infection or severe illness due to COVID-19, you must also ensure that you are, at all times when engaged in the provision of health services or care to a person, or in close proximity to a vulnerable person, wear a surgical mask or other personal protective equipment that is normally worn during such contact.
Where a person is a Specified Person who falls within Category 2 (Health Services) or Category 5b (Paramedics and Ambulance Officers) and has been in either an affected region or an affected premises, they are required to enter 14 days quarantine in government-designated accommodation upon arrival in Tasmania.
Additional restrictions on Essential Travellers from high-risk areas
Any person granted Essential Traveller status who has spent time in high-risk areas specified as an 'Affected Region' or 'Affected Premises' in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania is required to wear a face mask and limit their movement when not in the workplace. Some may be required to quarantine on arrival, if instructed by the State Controller on a case-by-case basis.
Essential Travellers who have spent time in an affected regions (currently Victoria) or premises in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania are required to undertake a COVID-19 test and screening on arrival. See Essential Travellers for more information.
People coming to Tasmania from other jurisdictions are not considered to have spent time in a high-risk area provided they have:
- transited directly through an airport in an affected region, and not left the airport except to board a flight, or
- transited directly through an affected region by vehicle to an airport or seaport without breaking their journey, except to obtain fuel.