What you need to know as Tasmania opens up after almost two years

Tasmania has fully reopened to mainland Australia following almost two years of Covid-19 restrictions.

Fully vaccinated travellers from across the country will be able to visit Tasmania without having to go into hotel quarantine after the border was lifted at midnight on Wednesday.

The state’s border had most recently been closed to people coming from Victoria, NSW and the ACT.

About 95 per cent of people over the age of 12 in Tasmania have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with 89 per cent fully vaccinated.

Premier Peter Gutwein had hoped to reach the 90 per cent vaccination threshold before reopening but stuck to the December 15 date.

“We are one of the most vaccinated places on the planet, opening up after a period of nearly two years where we have had no Covid at all,” he told Sunriseon Wednesday morning.

“We are prepared, ready and looking forward to welcoming people back from all over the country. Many Tasmanians are looking forward to seeing family again after what has been a pretty long 22 months.”

Covid presser
Camera IconPremier Peter Gutwein said reopening the borders had been a ‘long time coming’. Richard Jupe Credit: News Corp Australia

The state is forecast to hit the 90 per cent immunisation target for over 12s later this week.

Double-dose vaccinated people entering Tasmania from Wednesday will still need to abide by strict travel rules.

All travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, need to register their contact and travel details on the new Tas e-Travel system.

The requirements vary depending on where travellers are coming from.

MERC: Jetstar getting ready for the borders. At Hobart Airport.
Camera IconJetstar supervisors Renee King and Sarah Davey are ready for Tasmania’s borders to reopen. Richard Jupe Credit: News Corp Australia

Anyone who has spent time in what the Tasmanian government deems a high-risk area in the 14 days before they plan to arrive in the state will be required to return a negative PCR test within 72 hours before departure.

As of Wednesday, the high-risk areas included the entire ACT, several suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne and a few other countries including Tonga and Samoa.

People who have spent time in an “extreme risk” area in the 14 days before they plan to arrive in Tasmania need to apply for approval before they can enter the state.

All other countries fall into the Tasmanian government’s extreme risk category if they are not identified as high or low risk on its Covid-19 website.

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