Essential Traveller categories

Last Updated: 10 Sep 2021 9:28am

Category 1: National and State Security and Governance

This category of Essential Traveller is for the roles defined below:

a. Any person who, in the carriage of their duties, is responsible for the safety of the Nation or Tasmania against threats such as terrorism, war, or espionage or acts of foreign interference and is required to be present in Tasmania for such purposes, and any persons assisting such persons; and

b. Active Military personnel (other than those who fall within Item 7 of this Schedule) who are required to perform time-critical duties in Tasmania which require the person to be physically present in Tasmania; and

c. A member of the Commonwealth Parliament who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania.

Official applicants who have confidential reasons as to why they satisfy paragraph a. should contact their official liaison point within Tasmania Police for further guidance before submitting this application.

This category does not provide an exemption for people returning to Tasmania after conducting duties in another state or country, refer to Tasmanian and Non-Tasmanian residents

Required evidence:

  • Officially issued government department identification
  • Official correspondence satisfying criteria a, b or c.

Category 2: Health Services

This category of Essential Traveller is for the roles defined below:

a. A clinician in relation to health who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania and who is requested by the Secretary of the Department of Health, or their delegate, to return to Tasmania to present for duty in Tasmania; and

b. A clinician in relation to health who is requested by the Secretary of the Department of Health, or their delegate, to present for duty in Tasmania to perform, during the period in which the person will be present in Tasmania, duties unable to be appropriately performed by a person ordinarily resident in Tasmania.

These exemptions only apply to clinicians, which means health professional workers including medical, nursing, midwifery, allied health and paramedic professionals.

Required evidence:

Current Ahpra Registration

Or

Other documentation showing current registration from a regulatory authority (e.g. Australian Association of Social Worker Registration, Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist Registration)

And

Letter from the CEO, Executive Director of Medicine, Executive Director of Nursing of the hospital employed/contract to stating the immediate critical need for employee and agreement that they are permitted to enter the facility.

Or

Letter from the owner of the clinical practice employed/contract to stating the immediate critical need for the employee and agreement that they are permitted to enter the facility.

Category 3: Transport, freight and logistics

This category of Essential Traveller is for the roles defined below:

a. Any person who, in the carriage of their duties, is responsible for the provision of transport or freight and logistics into, within, and out of Tasmania; and

b. Flight crew and ship crew for the purpose of delivery of persons, freight or logistics into, within and out of Tasmania

Required evidence for Freight, transport, logistics and shipping:

  • A letter on a company letterhead stating the employee’s name, role and essential worker status
  • The letter be dated within the last 30 days and provide clear detail on why an exemption is required

Required evidence for Airline Crew:

  • A letter on a company letterhead stating the employee’s name, role and essential worker status
  • The letter be dated within the last 30 days and provide clear detail on why an exemption is required; OR
  • A copy of the employee’s work ID card AND current work roster which includes a full name and shift line incorporating the proposed date of travel

Category 4: Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses.

This category of Essential Traveller is for the roles defined below:

a. Any specialists required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations where the appropriate skills are not available in Tasmania, where the service is time-critical and where the provision of the service requires that the person be physically present in Tasmania; and

b. Any person who, in the carriage of their duties, is responsible, while in Tasmania, for critical maintenance or repair of infrastructure critical to Tasmania.

  • A letter from the Tasmanian business(es) that require you to come to Tasmania that addresses each of the following points:  
    • Describe the work that will be to be undertaken
    • Describe why it is required for industry or business continuity and/or maintenance of competitive operations
    • Explain why the work is time-critical
    • Describe the specific impacts (financial, regulatory, safety etc.) if the work is deferred or delayed
    • Explain why the applicant/s must be physically present in Tasmania to conduct the work
    • List by name every proposed traveller coming from medium or high-risk areas for the proposed work
    • Specify the location of the work and if it is remote work, describe its proximity to the nearest urban centre (Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Burnie)
    • Specify the anticipated duration of the work
    • List what skills each applicant brings that are not available in Tasmania
    • Explain what attempts have been made to use people within Tasmania, or from low-risk areas of Australia
    • If the above was not attempted, explain the reason for this
    • Describe what mitigations will be in place to limit the contact between the traveller, other workers, and the community.
  • If you are an interstate contractor, this letter must be from your Tasmanian client(s).   All letters must be on company letterhead and be dated no less than 14 days before your proposed travel date, and;
  • COVID-19 Safety Plan from the business(es) you will be working at in Tasmania; and;
  • If you are a contractor, A COVID-19 Safety Plan from your company.

Category 5: Persons transporting patients, organs and tissues.

This category of Essential Traveller is for the role defined below:

A person who, in the course of their duties, participates in the aeromedical delivery, transport or retrieval of patients, organs or tissues into, or out of, Tasmania.

Current Ahpra Registration

Or

Other documentation showing current registration from a regulatory authority (e.g. Australian Association of Social Worker Registration, Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist Registration)

And

Letter from the CEO, Executive Director of Medicine, Executive Director of Nursing of the hospital employed/contract to stating the immediate critical need for employee and agreement that they are permitted to enter the facility.

Or

Letter from the owner of the clinical practice employed/contract to stating the immediate critical need for the employee and agreement that they are permitted to enter the facility.

Category 6: Police officers

This category of Essential Traveller is for the roles defined below:

a. A member of the Tasmania Police Service returning to Tasmania from travel in the course of their duties; and

b. Members of the Australia Federal Police or a police force or police service of another State or a Territory of the Commonwealth (other than those who fall within Item 7) travelling to Tasmania in the course of their duties

Tasmania Police

  • Tasmania Police Identification
  • Tasmania Police applicants who satisfy paragraph (a) must contact the COVID-19 Co-ordination Centre, Hobart for confirmation of travel details

Other state, territory, or commonwealth policing agency

  • Official interstate applicants who have confidential reasons as to why they satisfy paragraph (b) should contact their official liaison point within Tasmania Police for further guidance before submitting this application, or;
  • Department identification
  • A letter from your police command declaring that you are travelling for official police duties.

Category 7: Emergency Management Response

This category of Essential Traveller is for the role defined below:

a. A person who, in the course of their duties (whether paid or voluntary), participates in time critical emergency management activities at the request of the State Controller (or their delegate), as a member of a team or unit, and within the scope of National arrangements for the provision of interstate resources during an emergency.

Written evidence of your deployment that may include the Request For Assistance.  The document must identify you.

Category 8: Other Persons, or classes of persons, approved by the Deputy State Controller

This category is for any person who does not meet the requirements of the above listed categories.

This includes  for compassionate or medical reasons. For example, to attend a funeral, visit a hospital or to assist with end of life care.

Tasmanian resident – to go into quarantine:

To be assessed as a returning Tasmanian resident you must provide evidence of your status as a Tasmanian resident.

For high risk level 2 ,where you are required to quarantine in suitable premises, you will need to provide evidence of suitable premises where you will quarantine.  If your proposed quarantine address is different from the address on your uploaded document, please upload a further documents with evidence of your address and consent from the premises owner for you to undergo quarantine at that site.

As part of your application in G2G PASS, please provide the following information.

Evidence of Tasmanian residency

One of the following documents will be acceptable as evidence of Tasmanian residency:

  • Current Tasmanian driver licence; or
  • Tasmanian Government Personal Information Card; or
  • Person with Vision Impairment Travel Pass; or
  • Australian Tax Office Assessment (most recent); or
  • Australian Government concession card (which includes an address); or
  • Current Tasmanian vehicle registration papers; or
  • Another current Tasmanian Government issued licence or identification type that includes a residential address; or
  • Evidence of ONE of the following that must include the address of your Tasmanian residence and your full name, and is no more than six (6) months old:
    • Utility account (power, water, telephone, gas)
    • Council rates notice
    • Lease or rental agreement
    • Land Tax valuation notice
    • Certificate of Title.

Evidence of suitable premises

Suitable premises include a private residence, an Airbnb (or other short term rental accommodation where the person or family isolating is/are the only occupants), or other premises approved by the Deputy State Controller.

Evidence of a suitable premises may include a residential address or property (primary residence, secondary residence i.e. shack, rental property or mooring). For example:

  • a private residence of a relative or friend (including the appropriate permissions provided in writing from the property owner for you to quarantine at their residence)
  • a rental property including short stay accommodation (e.g. the booking details of an entire property or cabin, with fully self-contained facilities and no communal areas, for the entire quarantine period of 14 days)
  • You must provide booking confirmation that shows a reservation for a stand-alone property with a minimum stay of 14 days, with a declaration confirming that you will have access to fully self-contained facilities and necessary supplies to support yourself during quarantine.
  • Please note that high risk level 1 travellers must quarantine in government provided accommodation because they have attended what Public Health consider to be very high risk areas or premises. This quarantine  may incur a fee. You will be advised if this applies to you.

What is not considered a suitable premises :

  • Commercial accommodation providers that are not stand-alone properties (e.g. hotel rooms)
  • Accommodation with shared facilities in non-private settings (e.g. caravan parks, youth hostels, boarding homes, group homes, single rooms in AirBnB properties)

WARNING: Essential travellers who have not been endorsed to accommodate at a suitable premises will be required to quarantine for 14 days at an accommodation facility specified to them by an authorised officer at their expense up to an amount of $2,800 for singles and $4,800 for families (exceptions may apply).

Tasmanian resident - wanting to leave quarantine to visit a hospital or assist with end-of-life care:

Applications from high or medium-risk travellers who wish to arrive in Tasmania and seek a leave of absence from quarantine to visit a patient in hospital (including to assist with end-of-life care) will be informed by the epidemiological situation in the jurisdiction where the traveller is coming from.

As part of your application in the G2G PASS, please provide the required evidence of Tasmanian resident – to go into quarantine as outlined above,

AND

  • A letter from the patient’s treating doctor certifying matters relating to the patient that justifies your presence e.g. pregnancy; or
  • A letter from the patient’s treating doctor certifying the patient is nearing end-of-life; and
  • A letter of support from one of the following relevant persons approving your attendance at their facility and acknowledging your requirement to quarantine.
    • Public Hospital – Regional Health Commander
    • Private Hospital – Manger of the hospital

To receive a letter of support from the Reginal Health Commander, or the manager of a private hospital, please consult the patient’s treating doctor.

Tasmanian resident - wanting to leave quarantine to visit an Aged Care Facility:

Applications from high or medium-risk travellers who wish to arrive in Tasmania and seek a leave of absence from quarantine to attend an aged care facility will be informed by the epidemiological situation in the jurisdiction where the traveller is coming from.

Residents of residential aged care facilities are highly vulnerable to COVID-19. To protect the residents of these facilities, access is only granted in exceptional circumstances (that is, if a resident is nearing end-of-life).

As part of your application in the G2G PASS, please provide the required evidence of Tasmanian resident – to go into quarantine as outlined above,

AND,

Evidence that you are a significant person to a resident, such as:

  • a spouse of the resident, including significant relationships (de facto);
  • a parent of the resident;
  • a sibling of the resident;
  • a child of the resident; or
  • a grandchild of the resident.

AND

  • A letter from the facility manager naming you as the proposed visitor and supporting your attendance; and,
  • A letter from the resident’s treating doctor certifying the resident is nearing end-of-life.

Tasmanian resident - wanting to leave quarantine to attend a funeral:

Applications from high or medium-risk travellers who wish to arrive in Tasmania and seek a leave of absence from quarantine to attend a funeral, will be informed by the epidemiological situation in the jurisdiction where the traveller is coming from.

As part of your application in the G2G PASS, please provide the required evidence of Tasmanian resident – to go into quarantine as detailed above,

AND:

Provide evidence of the funeral, including:

  • The date of the funeral
  • The location/venue of the funeral
  • A copy of the funeral provider’s COVIDSafe plan, and
  • A letter from the funeral provider acknowledging your invitation to the funeral and their awareness of your requirement to quarantine.

Non-Tasmanian resident - to go into quarantine

Non-Tasmanian residents who have spent time in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to travel to Tasmania or attended a high-risk premises at the specified dates and times will not be permitted to enter Tasmania unless approved by the Deputy State Controller.

  • As part of your application in the G2G PASS, you must supply documented supporting evidence for the reason your travel to Tasmania would be considered essential travel. This can include personal circumstances.
  • You should also provide evidence of a suitable premises where you will complete your quarantine on arrival.
  • Premises considered suitable include a residential address or property (primary residence, secondary residence i.e. shack, a rental property or boat mooring), as well as:
  • a private residence of a relative or friend (please attach the appropriate permissions provided in writing from the property owner that you can quarantine at their property)
  • a rental property including short stay accommodation (e.g. a booking of an entire property or cabin, with fully self-contained facilities and no communal areas, with a minimum 14 day stay)
  • You must provide Booking confirmation that shows a reservation for a stand-alone property with a minimum stay of 14 days, with declaration confirming that you will have access to fully self-contained facilities and necessary supplies to support yourself during quarantine.

Please note that some high-risk travellers must quarantine in government provided accommodation. This may incur a fee.

What is not a suitable premises:

  • Commercial accommodation providers that are not stand-alone properties (e.g. hotel rooms)
  • Accommodation with shared facilities in non-private settings (e.g. caravan parks, youth hostels, boarding homes, group homes, single rooms in AirBnB properties)

WARNING: Essential travellers who have not been endorsed to accommodate at a suitable premises will be required to quarantine for 14 days at an accommodation facility specified to them by an authorised officer at their expense up to an amount of $2,800 for singles and $4,800 for families (exceptions may apply).

Non-Tasmanian resident - wanting to leave quarantine to visit a hospital or assist with end-of-life care

Non-Tasmanian residents who have been in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to travel to Tasmania or attended a high-risk premises at the specified dates and times will not be permitted to enter Tasmania unless approved by the Deputy State Controller.

Applications from high or medium risk travellers who wish to arrive in Tasmania and seek a leave of absence from quarantine to visit a patient in hospital (e.g. including for end-of-life care) will be informed by the epidemiological situation in the jurisdiction where the traveller is coming from.

As part of your application in the G2G PASS, please provide the required evidence of Non-Tasmanian resident – to go into quarantine as detailed above,

AND

  • A letter from the patient’s treating doctor certifying the patient is nearing end-of-life; or
  • A letter from the patient’s treating doctor certifying matters in relation to the patient that justify your attendance e.g. pregnancy; and
  • A letter of support from one of the following relevant persons approving your attendance at the hospital and acknowledging your requirement to quarantine.
    • Public Hospital – Regional Health Commander
    • Private Hospital – Manger of the hospital

To receive a letter of support from the Regional Health Commander, or the manager of a private hospital, please consult the patient’s treating doctor.

Non-Tasmanian resident - wanting to leave quarantine to visit an Aged Care Facility:

Residents of residential aged care facilities are highly vulnerable to COVID-19. To protect the residents of these facilities, access is only granted in exceptional circumstances (that is, if a resident is nearing end-of-life).

Non-Tasmanian residents who have been in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to travel to Tasmania or attended a high-risk premises at the specified dates and times, will not be permitted to enter Tasmania unless approved by the Deputy State Controller.

Applications from high or medium-risk travellers who wish to arrive in Tasmania and seek a leave of absence from quarantine to attend an aged care facility, will be informed by the epidemiological situation in the jurisdiction where the traveller is coming from.

As part of your application in G2G PASS, please provide the required evidence of Tasmanian resident – to go into quarantine,

AND,

Evidence that you are a significant person to a resident, such as

  • a spouse of the resident, including significant relationships (de facto);
  • a parent of the resident;
  • a sibling of the resident;
  • a child of the resident; or
  • a grandchild of the resident.

AND

  • A letter from the facility manager naming you as the proposed visitor and supporting your attendance; and,
  • A letter from the resident’s treating doctor certifying the resident is nearing end-of-life.

Non-Tasmanian resident - wanting to leave quarantine to attend a funeral:

Non-Tasmanian residents who have been in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to travel to Tasmania or attended a high-risk premises at the specified dates and times, will not be permitted to enter Tasmania unless approved by the Deputy State Controller.

Applications from high and medium risk travellers who wish to arrive in Tasmania and seek a leave of absence from quarantine to attend a funeral, will be informed by the epidemiological situation in the jurisdiction where the traveller is coming from.

Please provide the required evidence of Non-Tasmanian resident – to go into quarantine,

AND:

Provide the following information:

  • The date of the funeral
  • The Location of the funeral
  • A copy of the funeral provider’s COVIDSafe plan, and
  • A letter from the funeral provider acknowledging your invitation to the funeral and their awareness of your requirement to quarantine.

Class 1: Domestic maritime crew signing off a vessel in Tasmania

This class is for domestic maritime crew who have spent time in a high or medium-risk area or premises in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania, and are signing off from commercial or government vessels in Tasmania in order to:

  • leave Tasmania;
  • join another vessel in Tasmania; or
  • undertake shore-leave.

Note – this class approval does not apply to crew who have been on an international vessel within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania (see Class 3).

For crew departing vessels involved in domestic transport, freight and logistics please see Transport, Freight and logistics .

Eligibility conditions

To be eligible for this class, the vessel the crew member disembarks:

  • must not have berthed at a foreign port within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania;
  • must not have accepted personnel from another vessel that within 28 days has been overseas; and/or
  • must not have accepted personnel from an offshore facility within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania.

Required evidence

When applying to be eligible with this class, crew members (or the vessel or agent on the crew member’s behalf) must:

  • declare that the vessel has not berthed at an overseas port within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania;
  • declare that the vessel has not accepted personnel from another vessel that within 28 days has been overseas;
  • declare that the vessel has not accepted personnel from an offshore facility that within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania;
  • provide a copy of the company or vessel’s COVID-19 management plan and/or crew procedure; and
  • provide information about the vessel particulars.

Class 2: Arriving in Tasmania to join a vessel, or after disembarking a vessel interstate

This class applies to maritime crew arriving in Tasmania from a high or medium-risk area or premises interstate to join a commercial or government vessel in Tasmania, or to return to Tasmania after disembarking a vessel interstate.

Note – this class approval does not apply to crew who have been overseas within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania (see Class 3).

For crew departing vessels involved in domestic transport, freight and logistics please see Transport, Freight and logistics.

Eligibility conditions

To be eligible for this class, the crew member must not have disembarked a vessel (either in Tasmania or interstate) that has:

  • berthed at a foreign port within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania;
  • accepted personnel from another vessel that within 28 days has been overseas; and/or
  • accepted personnel from an offshore facility within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania.

For more information, see Class 3.

Evidence of eligibility

When applying for this class, crew (or the vessel or agent on the crew’s behalf) must provide:

  • a declaration that the crew member has not been overseas (or on a vessel that has been overseas) within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania (see class 3);
  • evidence of the shipping company’s COVID-19 management plan or crew procedure and/or evidence of COVID-19 management practices; and
  • for those arriving in Tasmania to join a vessel, information regarding the vessel that the work relates to, including when the vessel is expected to be in which port and what arrangements will be in place for the crew while they wait to board the vessel

Class 3: Maritime crew who arrive in Tasmania within 28 days of being overseas

International maritime crew must complete a 14 day period of quarantine on arrival in Tasmania if they:

  • disembark a vessel in Tasmania that, within 28 days of arrival in Tasmania has:
    • berthed at a foreign port; and/or
    • accepted personnel from a foreign port; and/or
    • accepted personnel from another vessel, which within 28 days, had been at a foreign port; and/or
    • accepted crew or other persons from an offshore facility; or
  • arrives in Tasmania within 28 days of disembarking a vessel in another Australian State or Territory, and in that same 28 day period:
    • that vessel had berthed at a foreign port; and/or
    • that vessel has accepted personnel from a foreign port; and/or
    • that vessel has accepted personnel from another vessel which, within 28 days, had been at a foreign port; and/or
    • that vessel has accepted crew of other persons from an offshore facility.

Required evidence:

As part of the application to enter Tasmania, the following information should be provided:

  • a copy of the company or vessel’s COVID 19 management plan and /or crew procedures
  • a document or documents with the following information:
    • Name and contact details for the shipping company, shipping line or cruise ship company (if applicable)
    • Name and contact details for the master of the vessel
    • Intended date, time and location of arrival in Tasmania