A prominent Tasmanian says he felt like he was "arriving in a foreign country" when he had to complete a detailed COVID form when returning home from interstate.
Leading economist Saul Eslake has also questioned the safe distancing requirements at Hobart Airport with people standing close together for 35 minutes as they made their way through the checking process.
Mr Eslake said when he recently arrived in Sydney from Hobart he did not have to complete any COVID forms on his arrival.
"I was a bit surprised that on my return I was expected to fill in what seemed remarkably like a visa application for arriving in a foreign country.
"Not only was I supposed to supply my name and phone number or email address - something I readily understand is required for contract tracing - but they also wanted my date of birth and address - why?
"As we've seen after 9/11, once governments get these powers they never give them up."
Mr Eslake was more concerned about the lack of social distancing at the airport.
"What was rather more surprising, however, was that all of the passengers who had arrived on the same flight as me were required to line up, in quite close proximity to each other, both for some distance outside the airport, and then again once inside the entrance to the terminal."
Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff said social distancing rules needed to be obeyed.
"The rules are there and people should be social distancing," he said.
A government spokesman said all measures at Tasmanian airports were designed to protect the health and safety of all Tasmanians.
"These measures have served the state well to date in providing protection from the risk of an outbreak which would be devastating."