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Queensland now open, South Australia to follow suit

With 70 percent of Queensland’s population now fully vaccinated, the Sunshine State today opened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from interstate COVID-19 hotspots, four days earlier than anticipated. 


This means that those from hotspots including Victoria and New South Wales will be able to enter Queensland if they are fully vaccinated, arrive by plane, and test negative to COVID in the previous three days. 



But, said Queensland Yvette D’Ath, these arrivals will still have to go into home quarantine for 14 days, the AAP reported. 


They must also present a border declaration pass and secure private transport to their home quarantine destination.


The home quarantine residence must be no farther than two hours from the airport into which they fly and must be able to be accessed from the outside, rather than via shared enclosed entrances.


Domestic arrivals from areas of Australia that aren’t COVID-19 hotspots will still be able to enter Queensland without any restrictions or quarantine requirements.


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk indicated that the state’s population looks to hit 80 percent fully vaccinated earlier than the expected 17 December, at which point further border restrictions will be eased, including allowing hotspot residents to come by road.


“But that depends on Queenslanders getting vaccinated,” she said.


Unlike Queensland, from 23 November, fully vaccinated people from NSW, Victoria and the ACT will be allowed entry into South Australia and will not have to quarantine, South Australian premier Steven Marshall said today. 


"We know this is going to be a huge relief for families, for businesses," Marshall said.


"Those state borders have been extraordinarily punishing."


Unvaccinated travellers will also be allowed entry, but will have to complete 14 days of quarantine. 


“As people come in we will be requiring them to, if you like, pre-register and we will be releasing the details of that very soon.”


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Published: 15 November 2021

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