International Antarctic expeditioners in hotel quarantine in Tasmania
The Antarctic expeditioners disembark an aircraft at Hobart International Airport on Friday. Picture: Walter Pless.
French and Italian Antarctic expeditioners landed in Hobart on Friday on their way to the icy continent.
But before they get there, they need to stay out 14 days in hotel quarantine.
The expeditioners were flown to the state by a private chartered flight before they were shuttled off to hotel quarantine, either at the Travelodge Hotel near the airport or Rydges in North Hobart.
Deputy State Controller Scott Tilyard said neighbouring North Hobart residences and businesses had been notified of the arrangement on Thursday.
Tasmania Police will be supported by the Australian Defence Force and private security to make sure quarantine requirements are met and to perform checks.
Mr Tilyard said the expeditioners had already completed 14 days of isolation and returned a negative result on coronavirus tests before they left their country of origin.