High-risk application process

Last Updated: 10 Nov 2021 1:22pm

Applying for Essential Traveller status from a high-risk area

Applying to travel

People who have spent time in high-risk  areas in the 14 days before their travel cannot enter Tasmania unless approved, including Tasmanian residents. If approved, 14 days quarantine is required in a government-managed quarantine facility unless eligible for home quarantine.

Apply via the G2G PASS system.

Home quarantine option for eligible Tasmanian residents

A home quarantine option is available for eligible Tasmanian residents returning as Essential Travellers under category 8. If approved, residents will be able to home quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premises.

See Tasmanian residents home quarantine option for more details and criteria.

Eligibility confirmation (Tasmanian resident home quarantine)

Once you have provided all the evidence to meet the requirements for Essential Traveller status (Tasmanian resident home quarantine), including confirmation of a COVID-19 test with negative result in the 72 hours prior to approved travel, details will be confirmed via your G2G account.

If you do not provide confirmation of a COVID-19 test with negative result in the 72 hours prior to intended travel you may be contacted by email seeking confirmation of the test result.  Intending travellers who do not supply confirmation of a COVID-19 test with negative result in the 72 hours prior to travel will not be approved.

Eligibility confirmation (Hotel quarantine)

Once you have provided all the evidence to meet the requirements for Essential Traveller status (hotel quarantine), including confirmation of a COVID-19 test with negative result in the 72 hours prior to approved travel, and if there is capacity in the hotel quarantine system, this will be confirmed via your G2G account.

If there is no capacity in the hotel quarantine system you will receive a rejection via your G2G account.  The rejection will clearly indicate that you have supplied sufficient evidence to be approved, even though you are not approved at this time.

If you have been rejected only because there is no hotel quarantine capacity you will be placed on the waitlist.

If you are subsequently contacted and offered a place in hotel quarantine, this is not final approval to travel, you will still be required to resubmit your application, including confirmation of a COVID-19 test with negative result in the 72 hours prior to approved travel.

It is an offence – and you will be fined – if you arrive in Tasmania from a high-risk area without prior approval from the State Controller (or Delegate).

It is recommended that you do not make travel bookings until you are approved to enter Tasmania.

Processing of applications is prioritised based on arrival date.

You will contacted when a place is available in hotel quarantine.

In the meantime, plan for these aspects of your travel:

  • There are costs involved in hotel quarantine - check the fees and payment timeframes, and process for exemption.
  • Consider not booking travel until you get confirmation of your arrival date as you may not be offered a place in quarantine on the exact day requested.
  • You will need to have a COVID-19 test and get a negative result in the 72 hours before you are due to arrive in Tasmania. Work out where you can have your test and understand the booking process. Once you get a negative result, email evidence of your test date and result to traveller.review@police.tas.gov.au.

Testing information in other jurisdictions

New South Wales

Victoria

South Australia

Queensland

Northern Territory

Western Australia

Australian Capital Territory

Remember that the COVID-19 situation can change at any time, meaning Tasmania’s border restrictions and entry requirements could change at short notice. This may impact your eligibility to enter Tasmania.

If at any stage you decide you no longer need to travel to Tasmania, please cancel your application so you can be removed from the waitlist.

Quarantine hotel available

You will be contacted when a place is available to you in hotel quarantine. This will include details of your quarantine hotel and the arrival deadline. If you cannot travel within the required timeframe, you will go back on the waitlist.

Testing requirement

You need to arrange to have a COVID-19 test in the 72 hours before you are due to arrive in Tasmania. If you are travelling on the Spirit, you can have the test in the 72 hours before you board. If flying, the 72 hours is before arrival in Tasmania.

Providing evidence

Once you get a negative result, email evidence of your test date and result to the traveller.review@police.tas.gov.au. If you get a positive result, you will be in isolation and not permitted to travel.

You will also need to confirm that you have not spent time in any high-risk premises or any high-risk areas from which it has been determined that travel to Tasmania is not permitted. These are being regularly updated - see the Travel Alert page.

Once your negative test result is received and confirmed, your application will be reviewed and you will be notified via your G2G PASS.