Maritime crew

Last Updated: 19 May 2021 11:51am

Maritime policies

To avoid the importation of COVID-19 into Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government has strict arrivals policies that apply to maritime crew of commercial or government vessels.

Domestic arrivals

A person who has spent time in a medium or high risk area (or attended a medium or high risk premises) in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania is required to isolate on arrival.

Maritime crew who have spent time in a medium or high risk area or premises, and to whom the following apply, may be eligible for an exemption from isolation as an Essential Traveller if they are approved by the Deputy State Controller:

  • Class 1 – Domestic maritime crew signing off a vessel in Tasmania; or
  • Class 2 - Domestic maritime crew arriving in Tasmania to join a vessel.

The easiest way to apply for the approval of the Deputy State Controller as an eligible maritime crew member is through the G2G PASS system.

If approved, maritime crew must comply with the conditions outlined in their exemptions including a semi-isolation requirement, and to wear a face mask when in public and at work.

For more information about eligibility against each class, what evidence to provide in the application, and the arrival conditions, see the class descriptions below.

Note - this exemption from isolation does not apply if the crew member or vessel they disembark has been overseas, or has had crew interchange with an offshore facility, in the last 28 days. See the “international vessels” policy below.

Low risk maritime crew

A maritime crew member who arrives in Tasmania without spending time in a medium or high risk area is considered low risk.

This includes crew of vessels that may leave Tasmania, enter non-jurisdictional waters, and return to Tasmania without berthing or accepting new crew in this time.

Low risk maritime crew arriving on vessels into Tasmania are not required to isolate, but must provide advance notice of their arrival to Biosecurity Tasmania, and must only berth at approved ports.

More information regarding how to provide this information to Biosecurity Tasmania is available here.

International vessels

To respond to the risk of importing COVID-19 on international vessels into Australia and Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government has established an international maritime arrivals policy that applies to:

  • A member of maritime crew who disembarks a vessel in Tasmania that, within 28 days of arrival in Tasmania has:
    • berthed at a foreign port; 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
  • a member of maritime crew who 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; or
    • that vessel has accepted personnel from a foreign port; 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 in a foreign country.

If either of the above situations apply, international maritime crew arriving in Tasmania must isolate for 14 days as directed by the Deputy State Controller, and undertake two COVID-19 tests.

The Deputy State Controller may exempt international maritime crew from isolation as a Class 3 exemption. See below for more information.

New Zealand

For the purposes of maritime arrivals, New Zealand is treated like other states and territories of Australia where the Director of Public Health may declare areas or premises in New Zealand as medium or high risk.

If a crew member has spent time in a medium or high risk area or premises in New Zealand in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania, they will be required to isolate on arrival in Tasmania.

If a crew member has been on board an international vessel that has been overseas other than in New Zealand or Australia in the 28 days prior to arrival in Tasmania, they will be required to isolate on arrival in Tasmania.

If this is the case, the crew member can apply to be an Essential Travel under Classes 1 or 2 or 3. See below for more information.

Antarctica

A person who arrives in Tasmania on a vessel from Antarctica may be eligible for an exemption from isolation as expeditioners or associated crew of the Australian Antarctic Division. Visit here for more information.



This class is for domestic maritime crew who have spent time in a medium or high 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).

Eligibility conditions

To be eligible for this class, the crew member must not be displaying clinical symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival in Tasmania, and must not have displayed these symptoms within 72 hours of arrival.

Further, the vessel they disembark:

  • 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.

Evidence of eligibility

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.

This information can be provided in a G2G PASS application.

Arrival conditions

Domestic maritime crew approved as Essential Travellers must comply with the Directions as they appear at Conditions for Essential Travellers for 14 days from arrival in Tasmania.

These Directions include a semi-isolation requirement and a face mask requirement, and where applicable two COVID-19 tests.

This class applies to maritime crew arriving in Tasmania from a medium or high 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).

Eligibility conditions

To be eligible for this class, the crew member must not be displaying clinical symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival in Tasmania, and must not have displayed these symptoms within 72 hours of arrival in Tasmania.

Further, the crew member must not have disembarked a vessel (either in Tasmania or interstate) that has been overseas within 28 days of the crew member 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.

Arrival conditions

Domestic maritime crew approved as Essential Travellers must comply with the Directions as they appear at Conditions for Essential Travellers for 14 days from arrival in Tasmania.

These Directions include a semi-isolation requirement and a facemask requirement, and where applicable two COVID-19 tests.

International maritime crew must complete a 14 day period of isolation 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.

This policy does not apply to a vessel that has only spent time in international waters between leaving and returning to Australia, and the vessel did not berth at a foreign port or accept any new passengers or crew.

Approval to enter Tasmania

If any of the above situations apply, maritime crew must have the approval of the Deputy State Controller to enter Tasmania. The easiest way of obtaining this approval is through the G2G PASS system.

Applying for an exemption from isolation

The Deputy State Controller may exempt maritime crew to whom the criteria above applies from isolation on arrival in Tasmania under one of the following options.

Option 1 – 14 days isolation prior to arrival in Tasmania

A maritime crew member who disembarks an international maritime vessel interstate, the crew member may be exempt from isolation on arrival in Tasmania if:

  • On arrival in Australia from overseas, the maritime crew member completed 14 days isolation in government-designated quarantine in another Australian jurisdiction; and
  • The crew member has had a negative COVID-19 test at least 10 days after arriving in Australia; and
  • The Deputy State Controller approves the maritime crew as being exempt from isolation on arrival in Tasmania. This is completed through the G2G PASS System.

Evidence of eligibility

When applying to be recognised as an Essential Traveller under this class approval, maritime crew should provide supporting evidence of how they are eligible against the above pathways.

The following may be used to prove eligibility with this option:

  • Evidence of having completed a 14 day period of isolation in another Australian jurisdiction (e.g. signed document on government letterhead); and
  • Evidence of having had a negative COVID-19 test result at least 10 days after arriving in Australia (e.g. test results); and
  • Verification that the person has not spent time in a medium-risk or high-risk area (since arriving in Australia) in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania. If so, evidence of having transited directly to Tasmania through that area is required.

Option 2 – Crew disembark an international vessel in Tasmania

For maritime crew who disembark an international vessel in Tasmania, the crew may be exempt from isolation if:

  • the maritime vessel has spent at least 14 days at sea after leaving its last foreign port, and during this time has not accepted any new personnel; and
  • on arrival in Australia, all crew aboard the vessel have a COVID-19 test that produces a negative result for each crew member; and
  • the results of these tests are provided to Tasmanian officials; and
  • the Deputy State Controller approves the crew on board the vessel as exempt from isolation on or after arrival in Tasmania.

Note – under this option, all crew on the vessel must complete and present a negative COVID-19 test for an individual crew member to be eligible for this exemption.

If a crew member disembarks an international maritime vessel in Tasmania that then leaves Tasmania without all members having had the test, then the individual who has disembarked is not eligible for a quarantine exemption and must complete 14 days isolation in a government managed facility.

All crew on a vessel that arrives directly into Tasmania will be required to enter isolation until they can provide evidence of all of the crew receiving a negative COVID-19 test result. The Deputy State Controller will then issue approval for the crew to leave isolation when they have demonstrated their eligibility.

Evidence of eligibility

When applying to be recognised as an Essential Traveller under this class approval, maritime crew should provide supporting evidence of how they are eligible against the above pathways.

The following may be used to prove eligibility:

  • Evidence that the international vessel has spent at least 14 days at sea after leaving a foreign port within 28 days of arriving in Tasmania, and that during this 14 day period:
    • the vessel did not visit another foreign port or offshore facility; and
    • the vessel did not accept any new personnel in this time.
  • evidence of all crew members receiving a negative COVID-19 test result on or after arrival in Australia.