BREAKING NEWS: Annastacia Palaszczuk will throw Queensland’s borders OPEN to NSW, Victoria and the ACT next Monday – here are the new rules
- Queensland Premier to re-open border as 80 per cent mark reached
- The date has been brought forward from Dec 17 to 1am, Monday, Dec 13
- Visitors will be able to come by road and air, if they meet entry requirements
- They must be fully vaccinated with negative PCR test within 72 hours of entry
- Another test will be required five days after entry to the state
Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Queensland will re-open its border as the state reaches 80 per cent of its population with two doses of a Covid vaccine next week.
At a press conference on Monday afternoon, the opening date will be brought forward to 1am, Monday December 13.
The reopening was originally slated for December 17.
Visitors who have been in a declared Covid hotpot within 14 days of arriving in Queensland will also need to produce a negative Covid-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival into the state.
A second test will be required within five days of arriving in the state.
A person will no longer have to wait two weeks after a second Covid dose to be considered fully vaccinated.
‘The national guidelines say one week is enough,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.
An unvaccinated travellers must fly into Queensland only and will need to go into hotel quarantine.
Residents in the border zone who are vaccinated will be able to move freely across the border for any reason.
A border pass will be required, valid for 14 days but a Covid test will not be required.
‘Can I just say a big thank you to the way Queenslanders have handled this pandemic,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.
‘It’s been nearly two years. Tragically, we’ve lost seven lives. But the results have been really unprecedented compared to the rest of the world.
‘Our businesses have been able to function. Our children have gone to school. And we’ve fought back and contained more than 50 separate outbreaks.’
It what will be a huge relief for the state’s beleaguered tourism industry, from that date, fully vaccinated visitors will be able to arrive by air and road without the need to quarantine after arrival.
At a press conference yesterday Ms Palaszczuk hinted at the announcement today.
‘We’ll have updated figures [on Monday] which will show when we’re expected to hit that 80 per cent, so we’ll be very closely watching those numbers,’ she said.
The premier is expected to announce the move at a press conference at 2pm, Queensland time
After a confusing disagreement between the state and Federal governments over the cost of the PCR tests required to gain entry, Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed on November 23 the tests would be covered by Medicare.
The entry requirements are expected to last until Queensland reaches 90 per cent of its eligible population fully vaccinated, expected in early January.
Visitors who have been in a declared Covid hotpot within 14 days of arriving in Queensland will also need to produce a negative Covid-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival into the state
The entry requirements are expected to last until Queensland reaches 90 per cent of its eligible population fully vaccinated
Quarantine will also be scrapped for vaccinated international travellers once 90 per cent of eligible people in the state are double jabbed.
All unvaccinated people in the state will be banned from venues such as restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, theatres, cinemas and sporting venues from December 17.
Queensland recorded no new community transmissions of Covid yesterday, and six cases in quarantine.
The Gold Coast appeared to have averted a new cluster after an aged care worker and a man who visited Robina Town Centre shopping mall contracted the virus in recent days.
It remains unknown how the man who visited the shopping centre contracted Covid but he is genomically linked to the aged care worker.
Overall 87.37 per cent of eligible Queenslanders had received one jab and 78.67 per cent were fully vaccinated as of Sunday.