Queensland borders will re-open to domestic travellers from 1 am, Monday, December 13.
As of 1 am, Monday, December 13:
- Travellers from interstate can arrive by road or air
- They must be fully vaccinated
- They must provide a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours
- No quarantine is required for the fully vaccinated
- International arrivals must be fully vaccinated and return a negative COVID test within 72 hours of departure
- They will be required to get a test on arrival
- They must go into home or hotel quarantine for 14 days
There are two important changes:
- Travellers no longer have to wait two weeks to be considered fully vaccinated. One is enough
- All travellers from hotspots must get a test on Day Five after their arrival
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said nominating a time and a date provides certainty for everyone.
“It is clear we will reach our target of 80% fully vaccinated much sooner although exactly when is difficult to predict.
She said Queensland will be open to business four days earlier than previously announced 17 December. It will provide travellers and businesses with certainty to make their plans.
Vaccinated border zone residents will be able to move freely across the border without the need for a PCR test.
Border passes will be required and they will be valid for 14 days.
Unvaccinated residents will be restricted to travel for the limited reasons that exist now.
“We will live with COVID – but on our terms,”the Premier said.
Minister for Health Yvette D’Ath said it was a matter of when, not if, the virus began circulating more widely in Queensland.
“We know COVID is coming, we know cases numbers will rise, but we can be as protected as possible by being fully vaccinated.
“Please make it a priority to protect yourself. The vaccine is safe, effective and free.
“We’ve always said as soon as we reach the 80 per cent target, we will open up Queensland’s borders to reunite families this festive season.
“By announcing a fixed time for the easing to come into effect we can help those families plan.”
From December 17 only fully vaccinated people will be permitted to enter pubs, clubs, cinemas, festivals and theme parks and visit vulnerable settings such as hospitals and aged care accommodation.