Novel Coronavirus

The airport is open and continues to operate, however the majority of flights have been temporarily suspended.  Our focus is on the ongoing health and safety of passengers, airport users and staff. Adopting good social-distancing practices and personal hygiene precautions is recommended for all travellers. During this time, we thank all staff who continue to keep the airport operating.

The Australian government, on the basis of advice from the Health Protection Principal Committee on 3 February 2020, has agreed that a screening system will not be implemented for domestic flights at this stage.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Australian & Tasmanian Governments have implemented travel restrictions, new arrivals procedures and self-isolation requirements.

  • All foreign travellers, will be denied entry into Australia. This is with the exception of Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members, who are able to return to Australia.
  • All Australian’s are banned from travelling overseas at this time (some exemptions apply).  For more information refer to www.smartraveller.gov.au
  • All travellers arriving in Australia will be required to undertake mandatory 14 day self-isolation at designated facilities (for example, a hotel) in the city of their arrival. Travellers will be transported directly to designated facilities after appropriate immigration, customs and enhanced health checks.  Passengers will not be able to take connecting flights to Tasmania until after the 14 day self-isolation period is completed.
  • All non-exempt incoming passengers arriving in Tasmania are required to enter a 14-day period of isolation. Eligible Tasmanian residents are required to isolate at their residence, and non-residents or non-eligible Tasmanians must isolate at a government accommodation site. Visitors awaiting Essential Traveller status will also be required to complete self-isolation until the status is approved. For more information please visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania

For more information please visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

Latest travel advice information can be found at https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/  

Department of Health advice: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 671 738.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the airport open?

Yes, the airport is open and flights are continuing to operate.  Airlines have, however, reduced or suspended flights across Australia.

Please note that the airlines have announced a reduction to passenger services as follows:

  • Qantas - Are currently operating multiple flights per week into and out of Melbourne - refer to the www.qantas.com.au for booking details.
  • Virgin Australia – Are currently operating multiple flights per week - refer to the www.virginaustralia.com.au for booking details.
  • Jetstar – Are currently operating multiple flights per week - refer to the www.jetstar.com.au for booking details.
  • Sharp Airlines and Airlines of Tasmania will continue their services, however will adjust their flights to meet passenger demand.

At this time, family and friends are able to drop passengers at the airport, however are not able to meet arriving flights in the Terminal, nor pass through passenger screening.  Only passengers with a valid boarding pass will be permitted through security screening at this time. Good personal hygiene and social distancing measures are to be strictly adhered.

Can I still depart from Tasmania and do I need to self-isolate when arriving into other states

Yes, you are free to depart Tasmania, and arrive into other states, however a number of Australian states have now implemented similar self-isolation requirements to those which apply in Tasmania.  As a result, you may be subject to self-isolation when arriving in other Australian states, and may have to pay for yourown accommodation costs. We recommend you check the other state government websites for specific information.

If you are a Tasmanian resident and you elect to return to Tasmania, you will be required to quarantine yourself at your place of residence subject to the self-isolation requirement for 14 days.  If you’re not a Tasmanian resident, you will be subject to 14 days of quarantine in a government accommodation facility.

For further information regarding travel bubbles with other states and “essential traveller” status, refer to the following website: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania

I have a flight booked what can I do?

Airlines are now operating essential and non-essential flights into and out of Launceston Airport. If you wish to make a change to your booking or cancel your flight, please contact your airline directly.  You will be notified directly by your airline if your flight is cancelled.  To receive the most up to date information from your airlines, please refer to the below websites:

Virgin Australia - www.virginaustralia.com.au
Jetstar - www.jetstar.com
Qantas - www.qantas.com.au
Sharp - www.sharpairlines.com.au   

Will cargo flights continue to operate?

Yes.  Maintaining essential movement of goods into Tasmania will continue.  This includes the carriage of domestic pets.

Where can I find further information from the Premier’s announcement?

Please refer to: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

When will car parking fees be turned back on at Launceston Airport?

Car park charges will be reinstated on 7 August 2020. Charges will be in line with pre-COVID-19 pricing.  Refer to the following link for further information: https://www.launcestonairport.com.au/parking-transport/parking