Essential Travellers Entering Tasmania
Entry to Tasmania
Entry to Tasmania and quarantine requirements depend on where you’ve been in the 14 days before you travelled to Tasmania. Areas are declared as either low, medium or high risk based on the number of COVID-19 cases or level of community transmission in those areas — subject to public health advice.
Low-risk areas are:
Travellers who’ve spent time in the past 14 days in a low-risk area don’t need to quarantine on arrival.
These travellers can register their travel and contact details through the Tas e-Travel system no more than three (3) days before they arrive.
The only exception to this is where a traveller has spent time in a high-risk premise.
High-risk areas currently are:
Members located in Victoria can submit an Essential Traveller application from a High Risk Area (apply 3-14 days before tarvel).
If you require an earlier exemption, email Essentialtravellers@dpipwe.tas.gov.au with supporting paperwork as to why you need early consideration. Please contact NHIA for assistance if required.
Apply from a High-Risk area as an Essential Traveller via the G2G PASS system.
Essential Traveller status can allow:
Essential Traveller (Specified Persons) categories
Industry fall under category 4:
Category 4: Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses
- 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
- Any person who, in the carriage of his or her duties, is responsible, while in Tasmania, for critical maintenance or repair of infrastructure critical to Tasmania.
Essential Travellers approved under Categories 4a and 4b - Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses will be contacted by the Public Health Hotline two days after arrival, and every second day afterwards. You will be required to confirm you are following the requirements of Essential Travellers, such as monitoring yourself for symptoms and quarantining while seeking a test if unwell. These requirements are detailed in Annexure A of the Direction in relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania (General).
Testing of Essential Travellers
Essential Travellers who have spent time in an affected region or premises in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania are required to undertake health screening and a COVID-19 test on arrival, wear a face mask and limit their movement when not in the workplace.
If you are travelling through the following arrival points, you will be screened and tested onsite:
- Hobart Airport
- Launceston Airport
- Wynyard Airport
- Spirit of Tasmania
If screening and testing are not available on-site at your arrival point, you will be directed to get tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival at one of the current testing sites within the State.
You can go to the Devonport or Burnie clinics with no booking required or make an appointment to visit the Hobart or Launceston clinics by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 and advising them that you are an Essential Traveller who has been in an affected region or premises and required to undertake a test.
For freight and logistics operators, Tasmania has adopted a nationally consistent approach. This means that freight, transport or logistics operators will need to undergo a test on arrival unless they have evidence of having had a negative COVID-19 test in the 7 days prior to their arrival and have not had a positive test for the disease within that 7 day period.
The screening and testing will involve answering health screening questions on arrival, having a temperature check as well as having a COVID-19 test. Anyone refusing to be tested will go into quarantine at government-designated accommodation for 14 days (and be required to pay the government-designated accommodation fee) or can leave Tasmania at their own expense.
Once you pass the initial screening process, you are not required to quarantine while you wait for the test results – however you must continue to comply with the conditions of your Essential Traveller approval.
If you do not pass the screening you will be required to go into government-designated accommodation – or you may wish to return to your place of origin at your own expense. When in government-designated accommodation, you can choose to leave at any time to return to your place of origin, however you must transit directly to your point of departure and comply with other directions provided to you.
If the test from your screening comes back as negative while in government-designated accommodation you will be allowed to leave quarantine.
If the test from your screening comes back as positive, you will be required to comply with the advice provided to you by Public Health authorities.
The testing and screening will apply for each entry into the State – regardless of how many times you visit.
Fees apply for government-designated quarantine accommodation. See Quarantine for more information.
We have confirmed that all states have agreed that agriculture and suppliers of essential services to agriculture will be categorised as essential services.
National Coronavirus Helpline Phone Number: 1800 020 080