Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today outlined a road map to reopening the state’s borders to New South Wales and Victoria for fully vaccinated people by Christmas.
As part of the phased reopening plan, once 70 per cent of Queenslanders are fully vaccinated – a target that’s expected to be reached on November 19 – people coming from a domestic hotspot can travel into Queensland, provided they are fully vaccinated and arrive by air (and have had a negative Covid test in the previous 72 hours). They will still have to undergo home quarantine for 14 days.
That changes when Queenslanders are 80 per cent fully vaccinated, which is expected by December 17. On that date, travellers from an interstate hotspot can arrive by road or air provided they are fully vaccinated and have had a negative test in the past 72 hours. No quarantine will be required.
“That is good news for families to be reunited for Christmas,” the premier said. She also said those dates may be brought forward if the state reaches its vaccination targets earlier. “It’s going to be really important for Queenslanders to do one thing, and that’s to get vaccinated.”
At the 80 per cent mark, fully vaccinated overseas arrivals who have had a negative test in the past 72 hours will no longer need to undertake hotel quarantine and will instead be able to quarantine at home for 14 days.
At the 90 per cent mark, there will be no international border restrictions or quarantine for fully vaccinated people.
The premier said those dates were now locked in and the eased restrictions will go ahead even if the 70 and 80 per cent targets are not met.
On Monday October 18, 72.6 per cent of Queenslanders had received one dose while 56.58 per cent were fully vaccinated.
For further information, see the state government’s Covid-19 information page.