Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Tasmania, Australia, maintaining statewide COVID-19 restrictions as of Sept. 3. Border control measures remain in place.

Alert Begins 02 Sep 2020 03:33 PM UTC
Alert Expires 01 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Tasmania (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Border restrictions, transport disruptions, increased security, quarantine requirements

Tasmania is maintaining statewide business restrictions and border controls, amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in other parts of Australia, as of Sept. 3. The state remains in Stage 3 of its recovery plan. Officials are allowing home visits of up to 20 people. Nonessential businesses, such as bars, clubs, tattoo parlors, and beauty salons, have reopened; patrons are not allowed to dance in bars and clubs. Authorities allow indoor gatherings of up to 250 people and outdoor groups of up to 500 people, provided venues adhere to a density limit of one person per two square meters (21.5 square feet). However, capacity restrictions do not apply to emergency services, transport hubs, and educational institutions, among others.

Domestic Border Controls
The government continues to ban all nonresident travelers who visited Victoria within 14 days of arrival in Tasmania. State residents traveling from Victoria and affected areas in Queensland must quarantine in designated facilities for 14 days upon arrival. Travel is possible from all Australia states, except Victoria, with quarantine requirements. Nonresidents traveling from other locations in Australia outside Victoria are also required to quarantine at state-run facilities. Tasmanian residents returning from areas outside Victoria and affected areas of Queensland must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Authorities require arrivals to register on the G2G PASS system.

Essential travelers, including arrivals working in national or state security, health services, cargo transport and logistics, and police officers, are exempt from quarantine requirements, but officials will monitor their health. Essential travelers from hotspot regions or premises are required to undergo COVID-19 testing upon entry if arriving at main ports of entry or designated facilities within 24 hours of arriving at other entry points to the state.

International Quarantine Requirements
All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. Tasmania is charging all arriving travelers for quarantine, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, payable after the quarantine period. Quarantine fees are AUD 2,800 (USD 2,006) for the first adult and AUD 1,000 (USD 715) for each additional adult or AUD 500 (USD 358) for children, except those under three years old. People who were in government-designated quarantine facilities before July 31 are exempt from payment.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by government health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Plan for transport disruptions and delivery delays at designated hotspot areas. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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