Queensland Government COVID-19 Roadmap Update

Easing of border restrictions

Today Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that from 1am, Monday December 13th fully vaccinated travellers from interstate hotspots will be able to enter Queensland after returning a negative COVID test without needing to quarantine.

The Premier had previously announced that border restrictions would be eased when Queensland reaches 80% fully vaccinated. While initial modelling had indicated that this figure would not be reached until the 17th of December the success of Queenslanders getting vaccinated means this date will now be reached early allowing for an opening on Monday.

Aside from the change of date, the Premier announced two other 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

Interstate Travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers can arrive from interstate hotspots by road or air without need to quarantine, however, they must return a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. All arrivals, regardless of vaccination status, must get another COVID-19 test on day 5 after they arrive in Queensland.

People arriving from hotspots who are not fully vaccinated must arrive by air and hotel quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who has a genuine exemption from receiving the vaccine may be exempt from hotel quarantine. They are encouraged to contact the Covid-19 hotline on 13 42 68.

Border zone residents who are not fully vaccinated will only be able to cross the border for limited reasons, as is the case now.

Interstate travellers will still be required to complete a Queensland entry pass which can be found here.

International Travellers

From December 13 fully vaccinated international travellers who return a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure can return to Queensland. They will however be required to undertake 14 days of home or hotel quarantine.

Restrictions for unvaccinated people

From December 17th, staff and patrons will be required to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status when they check into Queensland locations and businesses. Unvaccinated people will not be able to:

● Visit vulnerable settings, including residential aged care, hospitals, prisons, and disability care accommodation. There will be exceptions for medical treatment, end-of-life visits, childbirth, or emergency situations.

● Attend hospitality venues such as hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants, or cafes.

● Attend indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, indoor live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres, or cinemas.

● Attend outdoor entertainment activities such as tourism experiences (including reef excursions), sports stadiums, or theme parks.

● Attend festivals (entire venue—indoor and outdoor) such as folk festivals, arts festivals, or musical festivals.

● Attend Queensland Government-owned galleries, museums or libraries.

For more information, please contact Hawker Britton’s Queensland Director Elliot Stein +61 431 744 115

About the author

Download the Paper

Be informed when news is published