Tasmania has always been a safe haven, and wide open spaces, empty beaches and ocean borders have served the island well during the pandemic.
And now, Tasmanians are embracing new ways of staying safe and are enthusiastically welcoming back travellers.
Everyone is welcome
There are currently no entry requirements in place for travellers to Tasmania.
Things change, so keep up to date with the latest official health and travel advice on the Tasmanian Government’s COVID-19 website.
On the journey to Tasmania, apply the basic principles of Pandemic 101:
- Wear a mask where required.
- Wash hands regularly.
- Delay travel and get tested if you’re feeling sick; and
- Practise social distancing wherever possible.
At the airport or ferry terminal, here are a few bonus tips:
- Avoid crowding at the counter by checking in and printing or downloading your boarding pass in advance.
- Travel light: go with carry-on and sidestep the baggage carousel.
- Use a credit card instead of cash where possible.
- BYO hand sanitiser, in case the airport or terminal dispensers run dry.
- Short flight? Use the bathroom before getting on the plane.
Around the state, wear a mask where required. Maintain social distancing – it’s easy here, with only half a million locals. Think of it as natural elbow-room.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms while in Tasmania, here’s what to do:
- Isolate immediately and get tested. See the COVID-19 website for information, testing locations and details on what happens next.
- If it’s an emergency, phone 000.
- For more advice, phone the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.
Just in case, here are some important contacts and information.
- For the latest COVID-19 travel information, see the Tasmanian Coronavirus website.
- In an emergency, travellers should keep up to date on the areas that may be affected and avoid non-essential travel to those locations.
- Emergency information is updated on the Fire Service or TasALERT websites. ABC local radio is also a good source of current community alerts and warnings.
- In an emergency, do not rely on navigation systems such as Google Maps to provide road-closure information. Up-to-date details are available on the Tasmania Police or TasALERT websites.
- For national-park track or road closures, see the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service's Facebook page or website.
- In an emergency, directions from emergency services to evacuate or relocate should be prioritised above any COVID-19 quarantine, isolation or lockdown requirements that may be in place. Please follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines if you’re required to move to an evacuation centre.
- Centres within the Tasmanian Visitor Information Network (TVIN) are located around the state and can also provide information and help for travellers.
Out and about
Across Tasmania’s cities and regions there are myriad chances to safely enjoy a holiday. Here are a few ideas.
Tasmania’s great outdoors are… well, great. An easy way to get to know the place is to head outside and get active. Tee-off on a world-class golf course, cast a fly across a slow-flowing river, take a hike or ride a bike – these are active ways to spend a day with in-built social distancing.
- Bushwalking is what Tasmanians do. Follow our lead by booking a multi-day hike across the highlands or along the clifftops, or step out on a short walk to a waterfall, lookout or hidden bay.
- Mountain biking is a big deal here, with an expanding network of epic trails and entire towns geared up for mountain-bike action (looking at you, Derby, St Helens, Maydena, Penguin, Queenstown…).
- Golf in Tasmania dates back to the early 19th century, when Ratho Farm, the oldest surviving golf course outside of Scotland, was banged-out across a field in Bothwell. Today, Tasmania has fairways clinging to cliff edges, holes scattered through sand dunes, and greens surrounded by sheep paddocks. King Island and Bridport should be top of the list.
- Fly fishing here is almost as old as golf, dating back to 1864 when a batch of brown trout eggs from England were hatched in the Plenty River, in southern Tasmania. These days, in places such as the Tyenna River, there can be 150 wild trout per 100m of waterway. “Plenty” pretty much sums it up.
The roads here might not be particularly wide, but they sure are open. Hire a car or a campervan, pick yourself a city, a town, a region or a national park and see where the road goes. Wherever you go, there’ll be plenty of breathing room along the way. To help with planning, have a look at our road trips suggestions for inspiration.
Tasmania is known for its fresh seafood, artisanal produce and island-made wine, whisky, cider and beer.
- Hospitality venues around the state have COVID-19 safety plans in place to help keep customers safe, including cafes, restaurants and bars - even farmers’ markets.
- Prefer not to sit inside? Book an outdoor table. Yes, it can get chilly here when the sun goes down, but do as the locals do: bring layers. Maybe a beanie, too.
- Keep an eye out for roadside stalls selling everything from cherries to cheese. There probably won’t be anyone around: just drop some cash in the honesty box and prepare for a picnic.
- Hungry kids? There’s always fresh fish and chips on the beach – and maybe a swim afterwards. What’s not to like?
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Around Australia, festival and event organisers are playing it smart, factoring capacity limits into planning and shifting events to outdoor venues wherever possible. For the latest events in Tasmania, check out the month-by-month What's on listings.
Before you leave, check the border requirements of your destination in case things have changed while you’ve been switched off and immersed in a Tasmanian escape.