Queensland borders to re-open early

Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the state’s borders will re-open earlier than expected.

“It is clear we will reach our target of 80 per cent fully vaccinated much sooner although exactly when is difficult to predict,” Palaszczuk said.

“Nominating a time and date provides travellers and businesses with certainty to make their plans and comes four days early.”

From December 13 Queensland will open up to fully vaccinated travellers from interstate hotspots without the need for quarantine. They must provide a negative Covid test in the previous 72 hours

International arrivals must be fully vaccinated and return a negative covid test within 72 hours of departure and will be required to get a test on arrival, but must go into home or hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Travellers no longer have to wait two weeks to be considered fully vaccinated. One is enough, while all travellers from hotspots must get a test on Day Five after their arrival.

Vaccinated border zone residents will be able to move freely across the border without the need for a PCR test.

Unvaccinated residents will be restricted to travel for the limited reasons that exist now.

“We will live with COVID – but on our terms,” Palaszczuk said.

“We must continue to protect the freedoms Queensland has enjoyed throughout the pandemic and the best way to do that is to continue getting vaccinated.”

Minister for Health Yvette D’Ath said the state must learn to live with the virus.

“We’ve always said as soon as we reach the 80 per cent target, we will open up Queensland’s borders to reunite families this festive season,” D’Ath said.

“Reaching the 80 per cent fully vaccinated target means our community is better protected to handle COVID-19 as it reaches further into the state.”

D’Ath said from December 17 only fully vaccinated people will be permitted to enter pubs, clubs, cinemas, festivals and theme parks.