Mandatory Testing For Essential Travellers To Tasmania

Essential travellers entering Tasmania from Victoria and other Coronavirus hot-spots will be subject to mandatory testing for COVID-19, including a health check for symptoms as of today.

In addition to this mandatory testing, all travellers arriving in the state who require government-mandated hotel quarantine will be required to foot the bill themselves, except in cases of extreme hardship.

This will be $2,800 per person, with a reduced per-person rate for couples and families, which is $3,800 for couples, and between $4,300 and $4,800 for families dependent on the number of children.

Direct flights between Tasmania and South Australia will be made available three times per week from Hobart Airport as of the 7th of August, as part of a safe travel arrangement between Tasmania and South Australia.

Other states, including New South Wales and Queensland were initially included in this arrangement, however the Premier is yet to provide an update on this, stating that the government will continue to monitor the situation in those states on a daily basis.

“I will provide an update on border relaxations with Queensland, the ACT and NSW later next week, however given the situation with border breaches in Queensland and growing cases in NSW, we will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis.” Said Peter Gutwein MP, Premier of Tasmania.

“I would like to thank all Tasmanian’s for continuing to show great strength and resilience, however, the situation in Victoria is a vivid reminder that we cannot for one second become complacent.”

“To anyone entering our state right now.  If you are dishonest, if you do the wrong thing, if you breach our quarantine arrangements we will throw the book at you. That means fines of up to $16,800 or up to 6 months in jail.”

“These are challenging times, and I urge Tasmanians to continue to do the right thing, practice good hygiene, maintain appropriate social distancing and abide by the COVID-safety plans in place.”

“If we do this together we will get through this together.”

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