Tasmania will open its borders to New Zealand next Monday, along with a number of low-risk Australian jurisdictions.
Following a national cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Scott Morrison today, Premier Peter Gutwein announced that Tasmania would open up to its trans-Tasman cousin.
The state will also reopen its borders to Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT on Monday, October 26. These have been classified as low-risk areas.
Jurisdictions are determined to be low-risk if they have gone for a certain period of time recording little or no cases of coronavirus and no community transmission.
"Today I can confirm that New Zealand will also be classified as low-risk under these guidelines," Mr Gutwein said.
Travellers from New Zealand will not be required to quarantine upon arrival to Tasmania from Monday onwards but will be subject to health screening at the border, as will those arriving from other jurisdictions.
Public Health director Mark Veitch said it was "very pleasing" to be able to advise that the borders could safely reopen to low-risk areas.
"New Zealand hasn't had community transmission of coronavirus in over a month," Dr Veitch said.
"People can take considerable reassurance that it's safe for the borders to be open."