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Tasmania travel restrictions | Where you can go in April 2021

Read our constantly updated guide on what you can and can't do in Tassie right now.

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

The island state is open to all states and territories.

While all this means locals 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 in the state.

Staying with family or friends

Households may welcome up to 100 visitors at any one time. This number is including to the residents of the household, children and babies.

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 one person per two 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 maximum of 100 people are permitted in the home.

This limit is subject to the density limit of one person per four square metres.

Airbnb has placed a worldwide limit of 16pax for rentals, excluding boutique hotels and event venues.

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, their campgrounds and visitors centres are permitted to reopen 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 again permitted in the state. There is a maximum of 100 people per vessel and density limits apply.

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 reopen.

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 one person per two square metres also applies.

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

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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. 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: Sailings between Melbourne and Tasmania are in service and accepting leisure travellers from Victoria. Self-isolation is not required when arriving from Melbourne. Masks may be required onboard.
  • 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?

Due to its low case rate, Tasmanians can travel across most of Australia. Depending on where you travel though, you may be required to self-isolate when you return home.

Borders between Tasmania and all states and territories are open, except with South Australia which reopens on 3 December.

All visitors to Tasmania are required to get a G2G cross-border travel pass before entering.

State Border status What should I know? More info
ACT Open No requirements needed. More info
Northern Territory Open All arrivals must complete a border entry form. More info
Queensland Open No requirements needed. More info
South Australia Open All travellers must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. More info
NSW Open No requirements needed. More info
Victoria Open All travellers must have a travel permit to enter Victoria. More info
Western Australia Open All visitors must present a G2G pass. 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. Anyone travelling within Tasmania does not need to quarantine when they arrive home. This only applies if you are travelling to Tasmania from a domestic hotspot or from overseas.

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

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