Tasmania creates a ‘safe travel bubble’ with the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia – but it’s bad news for people from NSW and Victoria
- Tasmania will reopen its borders on August 7 to SA, WA and the NT
- The state was closed to mainland Australia since March 19 due to COVID-19
- Victoria is still banned and NSW / ACT opening date will be announced shortly
Tasmania will open its borders to South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory in two weeks, but Victorians are by no means welcome.
Prime Minister Peter Gutwein has announced that a travel bubble will be set up on August 7 with the three jurisdictions.
Gutwein says the borders with the other mainland states and regions will remain closed for the time being due to their higher COVID-19 case numbers.
“Our state is without doubt one of the safest places in the world at the moment,” he said Friday.
Prime Minister Peter Gutwein (pictured) has announced that a travel bubble will be set up on August 7 with the three jurisdictions
“According to public health, so are South Australia, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia.”
Tasmania has only one active case of coronavirus, a young woman who returned from Victoria about a week ago and tested positive in hotel quarantine.
The state has been gone for more than 60 days without picking up a new case.
People arriving as part of the travel balloon are subject to mandatory health checks, and anyone with virus symptoms is forced to take a test.
If they refuse, they will be placed in the hotel quarantine or sent home for 14 days.
Health authorities will carry out checks at airports and seaports (shown: the Spirit of Tasmania)
Tasmania was the first state or territory to close its border and introduce the country’s strictest restrictions on March 19
Gutwein said he could not see the border with Victoria reopen in the near future.
“Victoria is no doubt in the struggle of her life right now,” he said.
Mr Gutwein said that Tasmania would not be reopened with Queensland, NSW or the ACT before August 14, but that more information would be provided on August 7.
This lines up with the AFL game scheduled for August 9 in Hobart between North Melbourne and Melbourne as the clubs are based in Queensland.
Starting next Friday, people who quarantine in hotels will have to pay a bill of $ 2,800 per person, except in cases of extreme hardship.
It was also announced that essential workers from virus hotspots will be subject to mandatory testing starting Friday.
Tasmania was the first state or territory to close its border and recorded a total of 227 virus cases.
The border reopening includes strict border controls at airports and ports, including Hobart Airport (pictured: travelers go through quarantine checks at Hobart Airport on March 19)