Applying for Essential Traveller status from a high-risk (level 1) area
Applying to travel
People who have spent time in high-risk (level 1) areas – currently NSW – 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-designated hotel.
Apply via the G2G PASS system.
The evidence you need to provide as part of your application depends on the category you are applying under – read more about Essential Traveller categories and required evidence, including providing evidence that you are a Tasmanian resident.
If you meet the requirements for Essential Traveller status, this will be confirmed via your G2G account.
This does not mean you are approved to travel straight away, or on your intended date. It means you have been placed on the waitlist for a place in government-designated hotel quarantine. 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).
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.
- If you’re travelling by plane, you’ll need to arrive and quarantine in Hobart; if you arrive by ferry, you will quarantine in Devonport. Consider not booking until you get confirmation of your arrival date as you may not be offered a place in a quarantine hotel 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. You will need to provide evidence of your test date and result in the G2G system (ie screenshot).
Testing information in other jurisdictions
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.
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.
Once you get a negative result, email evidence of your test date and result to the firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 visited any high-risk premises. These are being regularly updated - see the Travel Alert page.
Once your test result is received and confirmed, you will receive approval to travel in the form of your G2G PASS.