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Premier announces new rules for travellers after Qld hits milestone

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced an easing of border restrictions after Queensland hit the 70 per cent double dose vaccination target on Sunday.

The major milestone comes as the state records zero new locally-acquired covid cases and two cases detected in hotel quarantine.

 

From 5pm today, fully vaccinated returning residents and interstate travellers can apply for their new border pass, which will allow them to fly into Queensland from a declared hotspot.

To travel here, you must return a negative covid-19 test within the previous 72 hours, have a valid border pass and complete 14 days of home quarantine.

People will be able to quarantine at a self-contained home, as long as it has no shared common areas that are accessible by people outside the household.

This morning, emails will be issued to anyone already in the queue, asking them to complete their online application and upload their vaccination certificate before border passes will be issued.

People can apply for a new border pass here from 5pm at: https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass

Health data shows 81.99 per cent of Queenslanders have had their first dose while 70.25 per cent have had their second dose.

Almost 17,000 vaccines were administered by Queensland Health in the past 24 hours.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath says returning residents and interstate travellers cannot use rideshare services or taxis to get home.

“Your residence must be within two hours of the airport you arrive into,” she says.

“If you can fly direct into any airport from your interstate departure then you can home quarantine within that two-hour radius.

“Or if you can transit through Brisbane on a single flight then you can home quarantine as well.”

ELIGIBILTY CRITERIA
If you have been in a declared covid-19 hotspot in the past 14 days you may travel to Queensland provided you:

- are fully vaccinated against covid-19, and have proof of vaccination or proof of a medical contraindication that prevents you from being vaccinated. You are fully vaccinated if it’s been at least 2 weeks since you received your second - - dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
- arrive by air to any Queensland airport, including one transit via Brisbane (you cannot arrive by road)
- receive a negative covid-19 test result within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Queensland
- undertake 14 days home quarantine
- have a suitable private residence that you are able to quarantine in for 14 days. A suitable residence:
has no shared common access areas. For example, a townhouse with its own front door, an apartment or unit access directly without having to use enclosed shared or common areas would be suitable. An apartment accessed via shared enclosed areas such as foyers, stairwells or lifts would not be suitable.
is not a hotel room, house boat or caravan, motorhome or caravan park cabin
is within a 2-hour drive from your final airport of arrival into Queensland
- travel from the airport to your nominated quarantine residence by private transport, contactless car hire or prearranged/pre-booked endorsed transport provider. You cannot travel by public transport.
- agree to get a COVID-19 PCR test, on days 1, 5 and 12 of your quarantine period.

Travel from the airport to your quarantine residence
When you arrive at your final airport, you must move as quickly as possible from the airport arrivals area to your pre-arranged permitted transport.


Permitted transport includes:
a private vehicle. A person who is going to be quarantining with you can pick you up, or you can arrange for someone to leave a car at the airport for you to collect and drive to your nominated quarantine residence
a hire car, arranged and picked-up in a contactless way
a pre-arranged/pre-booked endorsed transport provider.


You cannot travel by:
a taxi, rideshare or limousine that’s not an endorsed transport provider
public transport
airport transfer services like shuttle buses.
You need to drive directly from the airport to your nominated quarantine residence.


Other household members and quarantine
Any person staying at the private residence during the quarantine period should understand they are required to quarantine, and any person 16 years of age or older is required to have received at least one dose of the vaccine.