Tasmanian travellers fined after declaring false information

Three Tasmanians have been fined after investigations revealed they had declared false travel information on their Tas e-Travel passes, in breach of COVID-19 Directions.

A 34-year-old from Ulverstone was fined $778.50 after police found he had spent time in Victoria, and had not directly transited through the Level 2 high-risk area as declared on his Tas-e-Travel pass.

He arrived by plane into Devonport on 6 August, and has been directed to home quarantine for 14 days.

Similarly, two women from East Coast Tasmania (aged 71 and 52) have been fined a total of $1,557 after falsely declaring they had transited directly through New South Wales and had not spent time in the Level 1 high-risk area.

The pair arrived on the Spirit of Tasmania on 11 August and have been placed in a government hotel quarantine facility for 14 days.

Anyone entering Tasmania who has spent time in a high-risk area must seek pre-approval from the Deputy State Controller to enter the state as an Essential Traveller. The Good to Go (G2G) system is used to apply, assess, endorse or reject these applications.

People arriving from any low-risk areas interstate must register for a Tas e-Travel pass.

Inspector John Toohey from the State Police Operations Centre said Tasmania Police will continue to enforce border entry conditions to protect Tasmanians.

“As was announced yesterday, the infringement for breaching border rules will double from Friday, and people doing the wrong thing will face an on the spot fine of $1557. ” Inspector Toohey said.

“These rules need to be taken seriously, they are in place to keep us all safe and to limit the very real risk of COVID-19 making it to our shores.”

“The vast majority of people are doing the right thing, but we need those who aren’t, to put the selfishness aside and think about the wider community, particularly those who are more vulnerable.”

For the most up to date border restrictions and entry requirements, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au/comingtotas

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