Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

8 October 2020

Jeremy Rockliff,
Acting Premier,

Supporting Antarctic expeditions

Tasmania is the gateway to the Antarctic, and we need to ensure that we can accommodate safe transit for international Antarctic expeditions.

However, the health, safety and wellbeing of Tasmanians remains the Government’s number one priority as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tasmania Police will lead security arrangements for the quarantine of a group of international travellers transiting through Hobart later this month.

The international arrivals, from the Italian and French Antarctic programs, are flying direct to Hobart on a charter plane, before boarding the  L’Astrolabe on 3 November.

Stringent arrival, quarantine and safety protocols have been put in place and all quarantine protocols will be strictly adhered to.

Police will be present for the airport arrival, transfer and check-in of the guests at their quarantine hotel, and officers will be present at the quarantine accommodation 24/7 for the 14 day periods international guests are required to quarantine.

Tasmania Police will be supported by the ADF to provide support for quarantine compliance at the accommodation housing the expeditioners, and we thank the ADF for their support.

Tasmania’s position as the gateway to the Antarctic is important, and we need to balance the functioning of this with the safety of the Tasmanian community.

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