Queensland open dates announced: Annastacia Palaszczuk releases Queensland’s tight border

Oct 18, 2021
Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced changes to Queensland's firm border. Source: 18 October 2021 press conference @annastaciapalaszczuk/Twitter

Annastacia Palaszczuk has made a long-awaited announcement about the future of Queensland’s hard border.

In a press conference at 12.30pm AEST, Palaszczuk announced the state’s roadmap out of the hard borders it has become known for.

Travel restrictions for those entering and exiting Queensland will be relaxed, according to a three-step vaccination plan.

Stage 1: 70 per cent vaccination reached

When the state reaches 70 per cent fully vaccinated, on or about November 19, 2021, vaccinated people may enter Queensland by air from interstate hotspots, and may only enter if they have tested negative to Covid-19 in the three days before entering the state. Those entering will then enter a fourteen-day home quarantine. Those entering Queensland from overseas, either directly or via another state, must complete a mandatory fourteen-day hotel quarantine.

Stage 2: 80 per cent vaccination reached

Further restrictions will be relaxed at 80 per cent. This is expected on or about December 17, 2021. Travellers may enter Queensland from a hotspot if they are fully vaccinated, and are entering by air or road. Those entering must test negative to Covid-19 in the three days prior to entry, and will not be required to undertake quarantine. Those arriving from overseas either directly or via another state must be fully vaccinated, and can home quarantine if they have tested negative to Covid-19 in the three days prior to travelling. All arrivals from international destinations must meet these requirements, or they will face a fourteen-day hotel quarantine.

Stage 3: 90 per cent vaccination reached

At 90 per cent fully vaccinated, Palaszczuk has confirmed that there will be no border restrictions for fully vaccinated people. However, all unvaccinated travellers will need to meet entry requirements, and may have to undertake a quarantine.

 

This news comes as Queensland records another day with zero recorded cases.

You can watch the full press conference below.

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