Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has outlined Queensland’s timeline out of border restrictions saying the state will be open to fully vaccinated visitors from New South Wales and Victoria by Christmas.
“It’s simple,” she said. “The more of us who are vaccinated, the sooner we are safely reunited with friends and family interstate and overseas.”
The state is expected to hit 80 per cent fully vaccinated by December 17 at which point visitors from other states and territories declared hotspots can visit without quarantining as long as they are fully vaccinated and test negative to Covid 72 hours prior to arrival.
At 90 per cent, Queensland will ditch all entry restrictions for vaccinated arrivals from interstate or overseas.
Unvaccinated travellers will need to apply for a border pass, or enter within the international arrivals cap, and undertake up to 14 days
Currently 72 per cent of Queenslanders have had one dose and 56 per cent are fully vaccinated.
“If we are going to weather the storm, we can be so prepared for this storm if we get vaccinated now,” said Palaszczuk.
“I am urging Queenslanders, this is your last opportunity. This is your last chance to get vaccinated.
“Of course, that 17 December may come sooner if we reach the threshold sooner so it’s up to Queenslanders, definitely up to Queenslanders.”
Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said the announcement gave tourism operators some certainty.
“At least we have a date now,” he told 2GB’s Ben Fordham.
“We know there is enormous pent-up demand and I tell you we can’t wait to see you up here for Christmas and beyond.”