In particularly fantastic news for the Overland Track hike I’ve booked for January, Tasmania has finally announced plans to re-open its borders to most of Australia after seven months of quietly yeeting themselves off the map.
From today, October 26, Tasmania will allow travellers from approved areas of the mainland to visit without needing to go through a 14-day quarantine.
While the island is usually complaining of being the forgotten state, they took full advantage of it way back in March by being one of the first to shut their borders to the rest of Australia.
Now, they’re opening back up to what they’ve deemed as low-risk states and territories: Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory and the ACT. Heck, they’re even inviting New Zealand back in without restriction too.
New South Wales will be able to join them as of Friday, November 6. Notably, Victoria has been left off the list, with no updates on when that may change.
It’s all pretty exciting considering Scott Morrison announced just last week that all states and territories (except Western Australia) had agreed to a plan to re-open the country by Christmas. You can keep up with ever-changing border rules here.
(Lead Image: Tourism Tasmania / Emilie Ristevski)
Kassia is the Editor of AWOL, and a straight-up travel addict. She was born without a sense of direction, yet an intense desire to explore the world. As such, she's lost 90% of the time but she's learned to roll with it. You can catch her latest adventures on Instagram @probably_kassia.