Queensland will open its border to interstate hotspots – including New South Wales, ACT, Victoria and Greater Adelaide – a week ahead of schedule, bringing the date forward from December 17 to December 13 (at 1am).
The news comes as Queensland’s vaccination rate nears 80 per cent, which is expected sometime this week.
“As a government we’ve been very conscious of how important this is to reunite families,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a press conference this afternoon.
“We want to give people certainty, we want to give families and businesses certainty.”
Travellers from an interstate hotspot will be able to 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. They will need to get another Covid test on day five.
Fully vaccinated overseas arrivals who have had a negative test in the past 72 hours will also be able to enter the state and quarantine at home for 14 days.
The other change is the definition of vaccinated: travellers no longer have to wait two weeks after their second dose to be considered fully vaccinated; one week after the second dose is now considered fully vaxxed, in line with the national guidelines.
When Queensland hits the 90 per cent mark, there will be no international border restrictions or quarantine for fully vaccinated international arrivals.
On Monday December 6, 87 per cent of Queenslanders have had one dose, while 78 per cent are fully vaccinated.
For further information, see the state government’s Covid-19 information page.