Queensland's roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions

RACQ members welcome more freedom for vaccinated travellers.

Queensland’s interstate borders will be open to fully vaccinated travellers before Christmas.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's announcement will be welcomed by RACQ members who overwhelmingly supported more freedoms for vaccinated Queenslanders in a survey by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA).

The survey found 81% of respondents favoured more freedoms for the fully vaccinated once all eligible Australians had the opportunity to get the jab.

Ms Palaszczuk said the state’s COVID Vaccination Plan would “unite families, protect Queenslanders and chart a course through the next stages of the pandemic”. 

When the number of fully vaccinated Queenslanders hits 80%, the plan will allow vaccinated interstate travellers to arrive in Queensland by road or air without the need to quarantine if they have had a negative COVID-19 test in the previous 72 hours.

When Queensland’s eligible population is 70% vaccinated, fully vaccinated interstate travellers can arrive by air if they have had a negative test within 72 hours, but they must undertake home quarantine for 14 days.

Ms Palaszczuk said how quickly these milestones were achieved depended on how quickly Queenslanders got vaccinated.

“The more of us who are vaccinated, the sooner we are safely reunited with friends and family interstate and overseas,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “It’s simple.”

When 90% of Queenslanders are fully vaccinated there will be no entry restrictions or quarantine required for arrivals from both interstate and overseas if those travellers are also fully vaccinated.

The State Government announcement will be welcomed by RACQ members who overwhelmingly supported more freedoms for vaccinated Queenslanders in a survey by the Australian Automobile Association.

The survey found 81% of respondents favoured more freedoms for the fully vaccinated once all eligible Australians had the opportunity to get the jab.

It also found that 67% of those surveyed supported learning to live with the virus once 70% of the population were fully vaccinated.

Members surveyed also supported mandatory vaccination certificates for those travelling interstate (79%) and internationally (78%).

At the end of October, 63.9% of Queenslanders were fully vaccinated, with 77.6% having had one dose.

Key vaccination milestones

At 70% of Queensland’s eligible population fully vaccinated:

Anyone who has been in a declared domestic hotspot in the previous 14 days can travel into Queensland provided:

  • They are fully vaccinated
  • Arrive by air
  • Have a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours
  • Undertake home quarantine for 14 days.

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

International arrivals who arrive via another state or territory will have to quarantine in a Government-nominated facility until 14 days have passed since they arrived in Australia.

At 80% of Queenslanders fully vaccinated:

  • Travellers from an interstate hotspot can arrive by road or air
  • They must be fully vaccinated
  • They must have had a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours
  • No quarantine required.

Direct international arrivals can undertake 14 days'  home quarantine (subject to review by Australian Health Protection Principal Committee) and subject to conditions set by Queensland Health provided they are:

  • Fully vaccinated
  • Have a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours.

Those who don’t meet these criteria will need to enter within Queensland’s international arrivals cap and quarantine in a government-nominated facility, just like now.

Those arriving via other states and territories won’t need to quarantine if they are:

  • Fully vaccinated
  • Have undertaken at least 14 days of quarantine (subject to AHPPC review) under the direction of another state or territory at home or in a government-nominated facility.

Those who don’t meet the criteria to arrive via another state or territory will need to apply for a border pass and undertake up to 14 days' quarantine (subject to review by AHPPC) in a Government-nominated facility.

At 90% of Queenslanders fully vaccinated:

  • No entry restrictions or quarantine 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' quarantine (subject to review by AHPPC).