Tasmania travel restrictions | Where you can go in May 2022

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Locals and travellers can travel freely around Tasmania at leisure. This includes overnight stays in hotels and campsites to attractions such as zoos, cinemas, museums and national parks.

While you can get out and explore, physical distancing and hygiene rules are very much still in place.

Here's what else you need to know to get out and explore Tasmania right now.

Accommodation in Tasmania

Overnight recreational stays, including at hotels, hostels, campsites, boats, holiday homes and family and friends' homes, are allowed.

Staying with family or friends

It's recommended to keep gatherings to 1 person per 2sqm.

Staying at hotels

Hotels have reopened across the state with no limit on the number of guests. Common areas can only have a maximum of 1 person per 2 square metres.

When you stay, you may notice extra hygiene methods in place to keep you safe. This might include sanitisation stations, the removal of shared cutlery in restaurants and spatial distancing or the closure of communal areas such as swimming pools and gyms.

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Staying at shacks

You're allowed to travel to and stay at your shack, with the same restrictions as your primary residence.

That is, you and the residents of your household may stay there for as long as you wish. Up to 100 people may also stay there overnight, including the household members and minors.

Staying in a holiday home

If you're renting a holiday home or short stay such as an Airbnb or Stayz property, a density limit of 1 person per 2 sqm is recommended.

Staying at hostels

Hostels are open for leisure travellers.

When staying in a hostel, you should expect enhanced safety and hygiene measures. These may include reduced capacity in shared dorms and common rooms as well as increased sanitisation stations for guests.

Camping and caravanning

National parks, campgrounds and visitor centres are permitted to open for recreational activities and camping. This includes major sites such as the Overland Track, Frenchmans Cap, Walls of Jerusalem, the Three Capes Track multi-day experience, Maria Island, Ben Lomond National Park, Pine Valley and Arm River Track.

Density limits may apply per site unless all who are staying are members of the same household.

Campers are advised to bring their own toilet paper, soap and sanitiser as not all parks may have their facilities maintained at this time.

See our National Parks section for details on which trails are open.

Boats and yachts

Boating is permitted in the state. It's recommended you keep to 1 person per 2sqm density limits.

Tourist attractions in Tasmania

All major tourist attractions and recreational experiences such as cinemas, zoos, museums, art galleries, historic sites, function centres and theatres can open.

Due to COVID-19, gathering limits are restricted to 250 people in an undivided indoor space and 1,000 people in an outdoor space. A maximum density limit of 1 person per 2 square metres also applies.

Due to these restrictions, some venues have chosen not to reopen while others are offering timed tickets to regulate capacity.

Popular attractions that have reopened and activities that have resumed include:

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National parks

You can now visit any national park and reserve within Tasmania. Overnight stays and multi-day hikes are allowed as long as the track is open.

The following parks and tracks have reopened:

  • Wellington Park
  • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
  • Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
  • Overland Track
  • Frenchmans Cap
  • Walls of Jerusalem
  • Ben Lomond
  • Maria Island
  • Three Capes multi-day experience
  • Pine Valley
  • Arm River

When out, don't forget to remain vigilant about social distancing and maintain a 1.5-metre distance between you and your fellow hikers/campers.

Beaches and local parks

Local beaches and parks are still open for daily visits. Once again, physical distancing rules apply.

Getting to and from your holiday

Driving within Tasmania

You can drive in your own vehicle anywhere within the state.

Hiring a car for leisure travel is permitted in areas not in lockdown. When picking up and dropping your vehicle off, additional hygiene methods may be used. This can include a zero-contact policy, where keys are placed in a sealed envelope for you to pick up as opposed to being handed them at the counter.

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Flights to Tasmania

You may book flights and fly within your state without restriction. You won't have to self-isolate on arrival or return, though the experience may be different to what you'd usually expect.

For example, the airport's food courts might not be open so it's a good idea to pack a snack if you tend to eat before your flight.

Airlines are also offering sanitary wipes and face masks for use on the plane.

As of 8 January 2021, face masks are mandatory on all domestic and international flights.

Coach and bus services

Bus and coach services within and between cities are operational. Gathering limits don't apply on public transport so there are no passenger limits to abide by.

It's advised that, where possible, passengers should maintain physical distancing on coaches and buses. This can be achieved by choosing seats away from others.

  • Tassielink: All services running as normal.
  • MetroTas: Buses around Hobart and Launceston are running as normal.
  • Derwent Valley Link: Operating as normal.
  • Redline Coaches: Special event services are suspended but all other services are running. Bookings are only being taken over the phone.
  • Mersey Link Bus Service: Operating as normal.
  • McDermott's Coaches: Transfers between Launceston and Cradle Mountain and day tours are running.
  • Tassie Tours: This Port Arthur shuttle is operating as per normal.

Ferry services

  • Spirit of Tasmania: Suspended until at least 15 December.
  • Maria Island Ferry: Sailings operating as normal.
  • Bruny Island Ferry: Sailings operating as normal.

All personal boating, including overnight stays, is permitted in Tasmanian waters.

Which states and territories can I travel to?

Tasmanians can travel across most of Australia. Borders between Tasmania and all states and territories are open.

State Border status What should I know? More info
ACT Open There is no restrictions travelling to ACT. More info
Northern Territory Open There are no restrictions for people entering the Northern Territory. For travellers tested positive, register for COVID CareNT and isolate at least 7 days. More info
Queensland Open Travellers can enter Queensland as border restrictions has been lifted. Must provide proof of vaccination and use Check in Qld app for venues upon arrival. Travellers with COVID-19 symptoms must get tested immediately and isolate for 7 days. More info
South Australia Open Vaccinated travellers may travel to South Australia. They must have QR code check-in and download mySAGOV app before travelling to SA. More info
NSW Open There are no longer any restrictions to travel to NSW. Travellers are not required to complete an NSW entry declaration unless they have been in an affected area, an area of concern or a place of high concern in the last 14 days. More info
Victoria Open Travellers no longer need COVID-19 Border Entry Permit to enter Victoria. More info
Western Australia Open There is no need to register with G2G Pass, proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, pre-departure or arrival COVID-19 testing when entering WA. More info

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Frequently asked questions about travelling in Tasmania during COVID-19

How far can I travel from home?

There are no limitations to travel around Tasmania if you're already within the state.

Are there any regional travel restrictions?

No. You may travel throughout the state without restriction.

Can I travel to Tasmania if I live in another state or territory?

Tasmania's borders are open to all states and territories.

Do I need to limit the number of people I travel with?

There is a gathering limit of 100 people, all of whom must adhere to physical distancing rules unless they are members of your household.

Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?

While not necessary, it's highly recommended that you pre-book where possible as gathering limits are still in place.

Will I need to self-isolate or go into quarantine when I return from my trip?

No. If you're showing symptoms you'll need to isolate until you get a negative test result.

If you are feeling unwell when you return or are showing symptoms of COVID-19, call the hotline on 1800 675 398 immediately.

Should I get travel insurance when travelling to Tasmania?

Getting travel insurance is always a good idea for peace of mind. Some policies have also started including Covid-19 related benefits but they usually won't cover you for border closures. Make sure to read the product disclosure statement so you know what's covered, and what's not.

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