Premier Peter Gutwein has released his government's border strategy, deferring a decision on whether the state will open to New South Wales at the same time as other jurisdictions
Travellers from Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory will be permitted to enter Tasmania without being required to quarantine.
"We are continuing to monitor the situation in NSW closely," Mr Gutwein said at a media conference on Tuesday morning. "We've taken the view ... that we should wait at least another week and continue to monitor NSW as to whether or not we'd open to NSW on the 26th of October."
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The Premier said he would give an update in relation to NSW on October 19, while advice on the approach to Victoria would be provided to government by December 1.
Under the state's newly announced safe border strategy, travellers to the state will be required to register their travel through a new app called Tas-E Travel.
Arrivals to Tasmania will undergo health screening, including temperature checks, and will be asked whether they have any symptoms of coronavirus.
Anyone with symptoms will be required to enter quarantine until their test results are known.
Meanwhile, people from low-risk jurisdictions coming to the state on the Spirit of Tasmania will be allowed to travel through Victoria but can only stop on their way to the terminal if they need fuel.
Mr Gutwein said the state's hospitals and aged care facilities were prepared for the reopening of the borders, with escalation plans in place and actions to limit the spread of COVID-19.
There are currently direct flights into Hobart Airport from Adelaide and into both Hobart and Launceston airports from Brisbane.
It's expected that further direct flights could be established now that there's "clarity" around Tasmania's border plan, the Premier said.
"We're working very hard on being able to stand up an interim arrangement in terms of standing up an international terminal at Hobart Airport," he said.
Discussions between the Tasmanian government and New Zealand airlines are progressing, with the hope of eventually reaching an agreement on setting up a direct route between the state and its trans-Tasman cousin.
Public Health director Mark Veitch said there were 13 million Australians living in the jurisdictions Tasmania was preparing to open up to and there hadn't been community transmission in any of them for at least a month.
But he said the state's testing rates needed to pick up in order for there to be confidence there are no coronavirus cases in Tasmania.
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