Victorian traveller in quarantine hotel after flying to Tasmania without exemption

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A person who flew from Victoria to Tasmania without an exemption will spend the night in a quarantine hotel before being sent back to Melbourne on "the next available flight", police say.
A Victorian traveller is spending the night in a quarantine hotel overnight, after flying to Tasmania without an exemption.

Key points: Tasmania has indefinitely banned Victorians from entering the state without an exemption

Tasmania has indefinitely banned Victorians from entering the state without an exemption The move has left ex-Tasmanians stranded and unable to visit family and friends

The move has left ex-Tasmanians stranded and unable to visit family and friends The Premier will make an announcement on border restrictions tomorrow, but travel between Victoria and Tasmania is off the table

Yesterday, the Tasmanian Government announced Victorians would be barred from entering the island state unless they were able to meet strict exemption criteria.

According to a police spokesperson, just one person flew into Tasmania from Victoria without an exemption today.

They were tonight being housed in a quarantine hotel and were due to be returned to Melbourne "on the next available flight".

For many Victorians who are ex-Tasmanians, Wednesday's border announcement was heart-wrenching.

James Dare lives in Geelong, but his family is still in Tasmania.

"I've been holding out for months to have border restrictions eased down in Tassie so I can get home to see my dad and also my little daughter who's down home [in Tasmania] as well," he said.

James Dare lives in Geelong. His daughter Hannah and father Jerry are both in Tasmania. ( Supplied: James Dare )

For Mr Dare, who moved to Geelong about two years ago, the announcement was "a hard pill to swallow" as his father is living with motor neurone disease (MND).

"He's either in his wheelchair or he's bed-bound. He has his carers in every day to sort of assist him with his day-to-day living," Mr Dare said.

The last time he saw his father Jerry and daughter Hannah was in January.

In May, he missed Hannah's 10th birthday, unable…
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