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Queensland borders reopening

Queensland Border to Reopen by Christmas for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Queensland borders are set to reopen to the rest of the country just in time for Christmas, the state government has confirmed. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed a raft of new quarantine requirements that will see travellers from New South Wales and other open states allowed to enter Queensland. It all hinges on double dose milestones being hit as part of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, which dictates some strict stipulations.

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Premier Palaszczuk outlined the specifics of the plan, which details that residents from interstate hotspots – including Victorian and New South Wales – will be allowed into Queensland when the state hits its 70 per cent vaccination milestone. Based on the current rates and predictions, this is expected to be on November 19. However, it’s not as easy as simply opening the border. Travellers must be fully vaccinated, travel into Queensland by air are required to undertake 14 days of home quarantine. They must also return a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their departure.

For those looking to enter Queensland, December 17 might be the best bet. That’s the preliminary date outlined for the state to hit its 80 per cent vaccination target, which will then see the quarantine requirement scrapped. From that point on, travellers will be allowed to enter Queensland via road or air from hotspots, however, will still need to be fully vaccinated and produce a negative test result within 72 prior to arriving.

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Further to that, the premier confirmed that at 90 per cent double dose vaccination, there will be no border restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers. Unvaccinated travellers will need to meet requirements for entry and undertake an undisclosed period of quarantine. Premier Palaszczuk went on to say that while this was a major boost for families leading into Christmas, it all hinged on vaccination and support.

“Of course, that 17 December may come sooner if we reach the threshold sooner so it’s up to Queenslanders, definitely up to Queenslanders,” she said. “If we have a big outbreak, for example, it could be in central Queensland, they may have to go into a lockdown,” she said. There will be no Federal Government support.”

What You Need to Know About the Queensland Borders

At this stage, there are two main milestones travellers need to be aware of. Restrictions and requirements will lift at each of these stages, giving you more freedom and access to the state of Queensland. These include:

At 70% Vaccinated

At 70 per cent of Queensland’s eligible population fully vaccinated, expected on November 19. Travellers will be able to enter Queensland if they are:

  • Fully vaccinated
  • Arrive by air
  • Have a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours
  • Undertake home quarantine for 14 days

Direct international arrivals into Queensland will have to complete 14 days quarantine in Government-nominated facility, while International arrivals who arrive via another state or territory will have to quarantine in a Government-nominated facility until 14 days have passed since they arrived into Australia.

At 80% Vaccinated

At 80 per cent of Queensland’s eligible population fully vaccinated, expected on December 17. Travellers from an interstate hotspot can arrive by road or air if they are:

  • Fully vaccinated
  • Have a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours
  • No quarantine required

Direct international arrivals can undertake 14 days (subject to review by AHPPC) home quarantine and subject to conditions set by Queensland Health provided they are:

  • Fully vaccinated
  • Have a negative COVID test in previous 72 hours

Those who don’t meet these criteria will need to enter within Queensland’s international arrivals cap and quarantine in a Government-nominated facility. Those arriving via other states and territories won’t need to quarantine if they are:

  • Fully vaccinated
  • Have undertaken at least 14 days (subject to AHPPC review) of quarantine under the direction of another state or territory at home or in a government-nominated facility.

Those who don’t meet the criteria to arrive via another state or territory will need to apply for a border pass and undertake up to 14 days (subject to review by AHPPC) quarantine in a government-nominated facility.

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Nick Hall is the Digital Editor of Man of Many and an accomplished journalist. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, with a double major in Journalism and Music. Prior to working at Man of Many, Nick spent two years as a journalist with Inside Franchise Business, focusing on small business, finance and legal reporting. In 2021, Nick was named B&T's Best of the Best Journalist of the Year. With an extensive background in the media industry, Nick specialises in feature writing, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment content. A qualified barber and men's stylist, Nick also holds a Cert III in Barbering from the Queensland Hairdressing Academy.