Three Tasmanians have been fined and sent into quarantine after authorities discovered they lied about spending time in high-risk COVID-19 areas in NSW and Victoria.
Two women, aged 71 and 52, from Tasmania's East Coast sailed in on the Spirit of Tasmania yesterday.
They have been fined a total of $1,557 after police found they had lied on their Tas e-Travel passes, stating that they had transited directly through NSW and not spent time there.
Tasmania maintains strict border controls, with all incoming travellers required to fill out Tas e-Travel passes declaring any travel to hotspot areas.
All of New South Wales is a designated high-risk zone, meaning only essential travellers are permitted to enter and must undertake 14 days of quarantine in a state-run facility.
The two women have now been sent into hotel quarantine.
The third person – a 34-year-old man from Ulverstone – was fined $778.50 and directed into self-isolation at home after flying into Devonport last Friday, August 6.
Police allege the man had spent time in Victoria – a Level Two or 'medium risk' area – and had not transited directly through, as declared on his travel pass.
It comes as Tasmania is set to increase penalties for border breaches, with the fine to double to $1557 per individual traveller from Friday.
"These rules need to be taken seriously, they are in place to keep us all safe and to limit the very real risk of COVID-19 making it to our shores," Inspector John Toohey from the State Police Operations Centre said.