Queensland reopens its borders to vaccinated visitors, after 229 days of being a fortress

Queensland reopens its borders to vaccinated visitors, after 229 days of being a fortress

From this Monday, December 13, vaccinated travelers can enter Queensland for the first time since early 2021.

Tens of thousands of people are heading to Queensland by air and by road after the state opened its border on Monday, December 13, to vaccinated Australians, after almost 230 days of banning the entry of people from most of the country.

Australia’s biggest tourist attractions state has removed entry restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and can show a negative PCR test.

As of today, travelers from New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) do not need to self-quarantine, but will need to provide a negative result. of the COVID-19 test, have a border pass and be retested on the fifth day after arrival.

Highlights:

  • Queensland has been reopened to vaccinated Australians, 229 days after a strict border closure was imposed.
  • As of today, domestic visitors arriving in Queensland do not have to self-quarantine, but will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • The state has 81.2 percent of people 16 years of age or older with double doses against the coronavirus, and 88.3 percent have received at least one vaccine.

Queensland has reopened to vaccinated Australians, 229 days after a strict border closure was imposed.

The relaxation of restrictions is the result of the state hitting the 80 percent double-dose vaccination milestone last week, and tens of thousands are expected to travel to the north of the country for the holiday season in a much-needed boost. for the tourism.

While authorities are concerned about community transmission of the virus in the past week, police are confident that their operations and border patrols are sufficient to cope with the influx of travelers.

“The current COVID situation in the Gold Coast is one that we have been preparing for for two years,” Acting District Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman said Friday.

“We are prepared and ready to deal with this and keep our community safe as we have for the last almost two years.”

Queensland Police will maintain the same operations at five checkpoints on the border with New South Wales, doing 100 percent of border crossing and compliance checks in quieter periods on the roads.

Border residents with travel passes should be on the lookout for officers to stop them, Superintendent Wildman added, but those without them should be prepared for officers to investigate all required documentation.

On the eve of Monday’s reopening, Queensland recorded a new case of COVID-19 in a traveler arriving from Nigeria.

The state registers 81.2 percent of people 16 years of age or older with double doses against the coronavirus, and 88.3 percent have received at least one vaccine.

International arrivals to Queensland

People arriving in Queensland from abroad are required to complete the Queensland International Arrival Record and the Australia Travel Declaration .

The Queensland International Arrival Registration Approval will describe the entry conditions that the person must meet upon arrival.

According to the most up-to-date information on the Queensland government website, the person arriving directly from abroad will be required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, unless coming from a safe travel zone, in a free flight from quarantine.

The person’s level of vaccination, their place of residence in Australia and the suitability of their residence will determine whether the person is eligible for home or hotel quarantine.

People arriving from abroad via another Australian state or territory and in transit directly to Queensland, without leaving the airport boundaries, will be required to perform a mandatory 14-day quarantine unless they are coming from a travel zone insurance or has been granted an exemption.

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