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UPDATED: What to know about the Tasmanian border reopening

Posted: 20 October 2020 9:30 am
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Woman in a lavender field.

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 selected Australian states and territories can once again see everything Tasmania has on offer.

As of 26 October 2020, residents of South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory are able to travel to Tasmania without the need to quarantine.

The states and territories are considered low-risk in terms of spreading COVID-19, with New South Wales opening from 2 November 2020. Given that numbers within NSW don't spike.

Mr Gutwein said, "If at any time the situation changes in these jurisdictions and the advice is that the risk is increasing or too high, then we won't hesitate to change this decision."

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 New South Wales-Tasmania border reopening on 20 October 2020.

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