Essential traveller evidence requirements

Last Updated: 16 Dec 2021 3:41pm

The below are examples of unvaccinated travellers who may seek approval to travel to Tasmania as an Essential Traveller and recommended supporting evidence:

National and State Security and Governance

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.

Transport, freight and logistics

a. Any person who, in the carriage of their duties and at the time of entering Tasmania, is providing transport or freight and logistics into and out of Tasmania; and

b. Flight crew and ship crew who in the course of their duties and at the time of entering Tasmania, are delivering persons, freight or logistics into, within and out of Tasmania

Required evidence for freight, transport, logistics:

1. Evidence of having had a negative COVID-19 test no more than seven days prior to travel.

2. A letter on a company letterhead which is signed and dated within the last 30 days. The letter must detail the following information:

  • the traveller’s full name and role within the business
  • the reason for travel to Tasmania and how the role fits the role of transport, freight and logistics requirements
  • the businesses and locations the traveller is required to attend in Tasmania.

3. If multiple trips to and from Tasmania will be completed within the 30-day period, an estimation of the number of entries within the 30-day period must be provided (for example, “weekly trips between Devonport and Melbourne in the carriage of general freight to and from Tasmania”). This helps to understand the frequency of your travel and therefore may inform slightly different processes to support this movement.

Required evidence for Airline Crew and Ship Crew:

1. A letter on a company letterhead which is signed and dated within the last 30 days. The letter must detail the following information:

  • the traveller’s full name and role within the business
  • the reason for travel to Tasmania and how the role fits the description of aircrew/ship crew

2. A copy of the employee’s work ID card AND current work roster which includes a full name, employee ID number and shift lines incorporating the proposed date/s of travel.

Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses

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 (noting the minimum quarantine period is 5 days)
    • Describe the specific impacts (financial, regulatory, safety etc.) if the work is deferred or delayed
    • Explain why the applicant must be physically present in Tasmania to conduct the 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 the applicant brings that are not available in Tasmania
    • Explain what attempts have been made to use alternative vaccinated people from other jurisdictions or workers from within Tasmania
    • 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.

Transporting patients, organs and tissues

A person who, in the course of their duties and at the time of entering Tasmania is participating 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.

Police officers

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.

Emergency management response

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.

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

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

For unvaccinated travellers, as you are required to quarantine in suitable premises, you will need to provide of the address of the suitable premises where you will quarantine.

As part of your application in Tas e-Travel, please provide evidence of Tasmanian residency.

Non-Tasmanian residents who are not fully vaccinated prior to travel will not be permitted to enter Tasmania unless approved by the Deputy State Controller.

As part of your application in Tas e-Travel, 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 the address of the suitable premises where you will complete your quarantine.

Please note that if you do not have suitable premises you will be required to quarantine in government provided accommodation. This may incur a fee.

Traveller wanting to visit a hospital or assist with end-of-life care:

Applications from unvaccinated travellers who wish to arrive in Tasmania to visit a patient in hospital (including to assist with end-of-life care) need to have approval for this.

As part of your application in Tas e-Travel, please provide the following required evidence:

  • 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 Regional Health Commander, or the manager of a private hospital, please consult the patient’s treating doctor.

Traveller wanting to leave quarantine to visit an aged care facility:

Applications from unvaccinated travellers who wish to arrive in Tasmania to attend an aged care facility will need to have approval for this.

Residents of residential aged care facilities are highly vulnerable to COVID-19. To protect the residents of these facilities, access by unvaccinated travellers before they have completed their quarantine period is only granted in exceptional circumstances (that is, if a resident is nearing end-of-life).

As part of your application in Tas e-Travel, please provide the required evidence

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.

Traveller wanting to attend a funeral:

Applications from unvaccinated travellers who wish to arrive in Tasmania to attend a funeral, will need to be approved for this.

As part of your application in Tas e-Travel, please provide the required evidence:

Provide evidence of the funeral, including:

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

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
    • Information about the vessel’s travel history in the last 14 days