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Tasmania removes border restrictions for vaccinated travellers

Tasmania has dropped its rules for vaccinated travellers travelling interstate from 19 January, meaning they can enter without the requirement of a negative rapid antigen test 24 hours prior to arrival.

Tasmania has dropped its rules for vaccinated travellers travelling interstate from 19 January, meaning they can enter without the requirement of a negative rapid antigen test 24 hours prior to arrival.

Tasmania is removing coronavirus testing and travel registration requirements for fully vaccinated people arriving from interstate.

Premier Peter Gutwein announced the change would be in place from midnight on Tuesday.

Travellers have previously been required to return a negative rapid antigen test in the 24 hours before arriving in the state, and register their travel online.

Those measures will stay in place for unvaccinated people, who must quarantine for five days on arrival and provide a negative RAT result before leaving isolation.

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You are considered a fully vaccinated traveller if:

  • you have completed a course of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine (this includes mixed doses) as listed on the Australian Government Department of Health websiteand
  • at least 14 days have passed since the final dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation. Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA. If you have had two doses of an approved TGA vaccine but not a booster dose, you are still considered fully vaccinated; or
  • you have acceptable proof you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons; or
  • you are under the age of 12 years and two months

Although fully vaccinated travellers are not required to register their travel to Tasmania from this time, they should ensure they have proof of vaccination with random checks undertaken on arrival.

The island state recorded 1310 new cases on Tuesday, the most since January 12, with the number of people in intensive care increasing from one to two.

Tasmania, which was free of cases when it reopened its borders on December 15, has not recorded a COVID-19 death since an outbreak early in the pandemic.

Source: AAP