Tasmania, Australia, maintaining statewide COVID-19 restrictions as of Oct. 1. Border control measures remain in place through late October.
Alert Begins 01 Oct 2020 11:24 AM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Tasmania
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Border restrictions, transport disruptions, increased security, quarantine requirements
Tasmania is maintaining statewide business restrictions and border controls as of Oct. 1 amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in other parts of Australia. The state remains in Stage 3 of its recovery plan. Nonessential businesses, such as bars, clubs, tattoo parlors, and beauty salons, have reopened; however, dancing restrictions remain for bars and clubs. Authorities now allow outdoor events of up to 1,000 people and indoor public gatherings of 250 people, provided venues adhere to a density limit of one person per two square meters (21.5 square feet). Capacity restrictions do not apply to emergency services, transport hubs, and educational institutions, among others. Gatherings at home remain limited to 20 guests.
Domestic Border Controls
The government continues to ban most nonresident travelers who visited Victoria within 14 days of arrival. Tasmania residents traveling from Victoria can enter the state but must quarantine in designated facilities for 14 days. Officials require all passengers from Victoria to request permission before entry. Authorities permit travel from all other Australian states, but visitors must quarantine at state-run facilities for 14 days; Tasmania residents can self-quarantine at home. The government also requires all travelers 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 must 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. Officials have announced plans to lift quarantine requirements for other Australian states, except Victoria, in late October; however, specific dates and regulations have not been publicized.
All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. Tasmania is charging domestic and international travelers for quarantine, 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.
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.