UPDATED: What to know about the Tasmanian border reopening

Posted: 11 November 2020 3:30 pm

The time has come to say hello to the pristine lavender fields and fresh seafood of our most southern state.

Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein announced that Australia's states and territories can once again see everything Tasmania has on offer.

The state's border restrictions are to be fully eased to Victorians come 27 November 2020, if COVID-19 cases are kept at bay.

Mr Gutwein said, "I think it would be fair to say that in terms of the steps that have been taken in Victoria, and, without wanting to put the mocker on them, it has worked."

Tasmania's borders opened to residents of South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory on 26 October. New South Wales followed closely behind on 6 November 2020.

What's next?

Eligible Australians looking to travel to Tasmania have to apply for a G2G Pass which can be obtained online.

When it comes to flying, the state aims to bring in as many direct flights in hopes of avoiding Tullamarine airport in Melbourne. So there is the potential for non-stop airfares to Adelaide, Canberra and even Brisbane.

Keep in mind that if you're flying from Western Australia you may be required to quarantine upon your return.

In light of the border opening, Virgin Australia has joined in with increased services to Tasmania. From 19 October, passengers can enjoy three flights weekly between Brisbane and Hobart.

The premier also said, "The date will give Tasmanians certainty as they plan for the end of the year but also provide a date for our airlines to work to."

Inspiration is right around the corner

Not sure what to do first? Well, we've got you sorted with the most scenic road trips Tasmania has to offer.

Consider taking the whole crew out over the school holidays with these top family holiday destinations or get a room fit for two with a romantic getaway.

From the wispy lavender fields in Nobowla to the freshest produce straight out of Hobart, the itinerary writes itself.

So what are you waiting for? Skyscanner awaits with some great Australian fares.

Keep on top of the latest travel rules and regulations by checking out our domestic travel restrictions page.

This story was originally published on 2 October 2020 and updated with the Victoria-Tasmania border reopening on 11 November 2020.

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