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Queensland to open in time for Christmas

Fully vaccinated Aussies will be allowed to enter Queensland and Queenslanders will be allowed to leave it once the sunshine state hits key vaccination targets, Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today at the unveiling of Queensland’s COVID Vaccination Plan.



According to Palaszczuk‘s “liquid” COVID plan, when the state hits 70% vaccination, which is expected on 19 November, fully vaccinated interstate residents who have been in declared hotspots will be allowed to fly into Queensland — emphasis on fly. 


Direct international arrivals into Queensland will have to complete 14 days quarantine in Government-nominated facility.


People will need to have received a negative COVID test within 72 hours of their flight and will then have to quarantine for 14 days at a home.


When 80% of the eligible Queensland population are fully vaccinated, which is expected on 17 December, fully vaccinated travellers from an interstate hotspot can arrive by road or air provided they have a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours. They will not need to quarantine. 


At this point, it’s looking like fully vaccinated direct international arrivals who provide a negative COVID test can undertake 14 days home quarantine.


The Premier said how quickly these milestones are achieved depends on how quickly Queenslanders come forward to be vaccinated.


“It’s simple,” Palaszczuk said.


“The more of us who are vaccinated, the sooner we are safely reunited with friends and family interstate and overseas.”


At 90% of Queenslanders fully vaccinate there will be no entry restrictions or quarantine for vaccinated arrivals from interstate or overseas, while unvaccinated travellers will need to apply for a border pass, or enter within the international arrivals cap, and undertake up to 14 days (subject to review by AHPPC) quarantine.


As of today (18 October 2021), 72.26% of Queenslanders have had one dose and 56.58% are fully vaccinated.

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Published: 18 October 2021

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