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Qld removes all domestic travel restrictions, while WA now closed to all

From 1am Saturday, border applications and proof of a negative rapid antigen test will be a thing of the past for those of us wanting to visit Queensland. 


“Now that our borders are fully open, you don‘t need border passes, I can say Queensland is beautiful one day, no COVID-19 test the next,” Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate told Sunrise on Friday.



The state’s much beleaguered tourism industry met the news with much joy and are already looking to the time when international visitors can return too. 


“We will need those visitors back,” Queensland Tourism Council chief executive Daniel Geschwind told Sunrise.


“We also need the workers back and the international students on a working holiday visas, all of them we need for our industry, especially with such enormous staff shortages.”


Queensland is fast approaching a 90% double vaccination rate, a marker Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had previously flagged as the threshold for fully-vaccinated travellers to enter Queensland from anywhere in the world, News Corp reported. 


Meanwhile, earlier this week Western Australia shifted its classification of the Northern Territory as an ‘extreme risk’ jurisdiction, which essentially means the state is effectively closed to all states.


An exemption for travel could be granted under 'specialist or extraordinary circumstances' if approved by the state's police commissioner or chief health officer.


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Published: 13 January 2022

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