More than 100 expeditioners heading to Antarctica are among the international travellers in mandatory hotel quarantine that Australian Defence Force personnel are supporting in Tasmania.

The ADF answered a request from Tasmanian authorities to help with COVID-19 quarantine compliance management at two Hobart hotels.

The expeditioners, who arrived on October 16, will spend 14 days in quarantine in Hobart before heading to Antarctica where they will work over the summer months.

Commander of Tasmania’s Joint Task Group (JJTG 629.5) Lieutenant Colonel Darryl Bridgeman said about 30 Tasmanian ADF personnel – mostly Army reservists – were supporting civilian agencies in Hobart. 

“Assisting Tasmania Police in a situation like this is a great opportunity for ADF personnel to directly contribute to the safety of their local community and they are all very proud to be involved,” Lieutenant Colonel Bridgeman said.

“Although this is a relatively short task, it is a great chance to work closely with Tasmania Police and other state agencies and further cement our relationships.

“These relationships are vital when the time comes to respond to short-notice operations like bushfires and pandemics.”

The international arrivals in Hobart include travellers from France, Italy and Canada.

ADF personnel began supporting Tasmania Police and civilian agencies in Operation COVID-19 Assist on October 16 and that support will continue for up to four weeks.