Queensland to welcome return of international travel

Queensland will welcome the return of international travel from this weekend with quarantine for fully vaccinated international visitors to be lifted from January 22.

The move has been welcomed by tourism and travel leaders with Flight Centre Corporate managing director Australia James Kavanagh describing it as a “significant day for the business travel world”.

“We’ve long championed vaccinations as the pathway to freedom and with all testing requirements now abolished, Queensland is very much open for business to the rest of the globe,” he said.

“Australia has been a world-leader when it comes to vaccination rates, and you only have to look at the number of enquiries we’ve received, and the number of searches carried out through both FCM and Corporate Traveller to know the pent-up demand to travel for business is very much there. “

But Kavanagh said there could still be “some bumps in the road” as corporate clients adjust to the new world of travel.

“We applaud the lifting of testing requirements for both domestic and international arrivals into the Sunshine State and we are hopeful there will be no need for a return to such restrictions as we once again open the world for those who want to see,” he said.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind also welcomed the news saying it was something they had “been waiting for”.

“It’s very good news,” he said.

However, Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff issued a warning that any return to pre-pandemic levels of international travel would take at least two years.