Update: COVID-19 travel and hosting restrictions in Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government has implemented new measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and declared that:

  • All non-essential workers and visitors are required to depart Tasmania by 11:59pm on Wednesday 1 April 2020
  • From 11:59pm Wednesday 1 April 2020 accommodation providers may only accommodate certain categories of visitors. 

Once these measures take effect they are in place until further notice.

Only certain guests can be accommodated by hosts

The Tasmanian Government has declared that all non-essential workers and visitors are required to be checked-out from their accommodation and depart Tasmania by 11:59pm Wednesday 1 April 2020. 

From this time onwards and until further notice, all accommodation providers in Tasmania may only accommodate visitors that fit the following categories:

  • Tasmanian workers;
  • Interstate workers deemed as “Essential Workers”;
  • People that are in a self-isolation period (who must vacate at the end of the 14 day required period);
  • People currently residing permanently at the premises;
  • People that predominantly reside while their principal residence is unavailable; and
  • People currently residing permanently there for compassionate reasons, including emergency accommodation due to an emergency, family violence or vulnerability.

Students that are residing in commercial accommodation on a permanent basis are permitted to stay on but will require a letter from their education institution verifying their student status.

Because of these Government restrictions, we recommend that hosts remove Instant Book from listings to enable adequate vetting of future guests to ensure they meet the above criteria. 

For further information on essential traveller guidelines, please refer to the Tasmanian Government’s COVID-19 essential traveller categories and requirements website. For further information for accommodation providers, please refer to the Tasmanian Government’s COVID-19 accommodation providers website.

Emergency accommodation for travellers

Travellers may continue staying in their current accommodation before 11:59pm Wednesday 1 April 2020. From this date onwards, non-essential workers and visitors may only stay in approved emergency accommodation (unless they satisfy the above essential traveller requirements) until such time as they can depart Tasmania. 

Travellers in need of emergency accommodation in Tasmania before they can depart the state are encouraged to visit the Tasmanian Government’s Emergency accommodation for travellers website.  

Further information

These are challenging times for all Australians, and Airbnb is committed to working with the Commonwealth and State Governments to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

During this time, we advise hosts on Airbnb to fully understand what has been asked of them and to adhere to the directions of local government authorities. 

If you have further questions, to learn more, and to stay updated with the latest information, you may wish to visit the Tasmanian Government’s dedicated COVID-19 website

For more Airbnb resources on COVID-19, please refer to our dedicated COVID-19 Resource Hub

The Airbnb Team