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Tasmania now open

After almost two years, Tasmania’s borders were opened to Aussies from COVID-19 hotspots including those from New South Wales and Victoria.


“The safety of Tasmanians has been our top priority from day one of the pandemic, and we have taken a cautious and responsible path to reopening,” Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein said yesterday.


Tasmania set a goal to reopen when more than 90% percent of its eligible population was fully vaccinated and Gutwein said “we are in a position where we can reopen safely, with appropriate protections in place”.



According to Gutwein’s office, all travellers entering Tasmania will be required to complete a Tas-E-Travel pass, which is now available on the Tas-E-Travel website.


If you’re over 12, you must be fully vaccinated and if you come from a high risk area, you must produce a negative COVID test.


All travellers will be required to carry proof of vaccination and/or their negative COVID test result with them, whether that’s a digital vaccination certificate and COVID-19 negative test result SMS message, or hard copy evidence.


And when arriving in Tasmania through our airports, all travellers will be required to scan their Tas-E-Travel pass at a scanning station on arrival, including Hobart, Launceston and Devonport airports.


The scanning stations at the airports will be manned by biosecurity staff, who will ensure everyone is scanned.


Regional airports will have hand-held devices for scanning and for people travelling on the TT-Line, your Tas-E-Travel will be assessed and you will be screened before boarding the vessel with further checks on arrival for people approved with conditions.


“There will be numerous checks to ensure travellers are very clear on the requirements, along with additional biosecurity staff at domestic airports, providing information to travellers on those requirements, as an extra layer of support,” Gutwein said.


“Anyone caught flouting our rules faces an on the spot fine of $1,557 and could be summonsed and charged with an offence resulting in up to six months jail or a $17,000 fine.”


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Published: 14 December 2021

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