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Domestic travel – Queensland

Updated on 24 July 2021, at 13:45 AET

Queensland Restrictions

Townsville, Palm Island and South East Queensland are now under the same restrictions as the rest of Queensland, however face mask rules remain in place for South East Queensland. For more information on these restrictions, use healthdirect’s Restriction Checker.

South East Queensland is made up of the following local government areas:

  • Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Logan City, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and the Gold Coast.

People leaving Queensland are subject to the border restrictions of any state or territory they plan to enter. For more information about travel restrictions in your state or territory, use the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested.

To find your nearest testing clinic in Queensland, visit qld.gov.au and search ‘testing and fever clinics’.

For more information, visit covid19.qld.gov.au.

Face masks

South East Queensland

In South East Queensland, you must carry a face mask at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in indoor and outdoor spaces, such as:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets
  • indoor workplaces — where safe to wear a mask and you can’t physically distance
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare, and waiting places or queues for this transport
  • airports and travelling on planes

Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years, where people have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so.

Masks do not need to be worn outside when exercising unless you cannot socially distance.

If you have been in South East Queensland since 1am 29 June 2021, you must carry a face mask with you at all times — unless 14 days have passed since you were last in the area.

Rest of Queensland

You must wear a mask when at an airport or on a domestic or international flight departing or arriving in Queensland. Air crew must also wear masks on flights and in airports.

Children under 12 and those with exemptions do not need to wear a mask. Toddlers under the age of 2 and babies must not wear masks as they are a choking and suffocation risk.

People don't need to wear masks in other settings, but they are encouraged to:

  • carry a mask with you at all times when you leave home
  • wear a mask when travelling on public transport, in a taxi or ride share or in shopping centres
  • wear a mask in any indoor or outdoor space when physical distancing is not possible

There are some exceptions to wearing a face mask, including:

  • children under 12
  • a person eating, drinking or taking medicine
  • where visibility of the mouth is essential
  • where a mask needs to be removed to clearly communicate
  • a person with a particular medical condition or disability
  • a person undergoing medical treatment
  • if a person is asked to remove a face mask for identity purposes
  • if wearing a mask creates a risk to a person’s health and safety
  • for emergencies or when allowed by law
  • in any circumstances when it’s not safe to wear a mask

Check the Queensland Government's website for more information on mask requirements. Go to qld.gov.au and type ‘face mask’ into the search bar. Then select ‘Face masks — coronavirus (COVID-19) | Health and wellbeing’.

Current contact tracing alert — Queensland

Queensland has current contact tracing alerts and related public health advice for people who have been in certain exposure venues in Queensland.

If you have been to an exposure location in Queensland at the relevant times you must:

  • immediately travel by private transport directly to your home or accommodation and quarantine
  • get tested at your earliest opportunity and continue to quarantine even after receiving a negative result
  • complete the online contact tracing form by clicking on the name for the relevant location in the table found at qld.gov.au — see below. A pop-up window will appear with specific advice for that location and a link to the form. If you are unable to complete the contact tracing form please call 134 COVID (134 268).

After you complete the contact tracing self-assessment you will be contacted by Queensland Health.

If you are no longer in Queensland please check with the relevant state health department for health advice and requirements.

For a list of the exposure venues on the Queensland Government website, go to qld.gov.au and search ‘Contact tracing – coronavirus (COVID-19)’.

Travelling from interstate

The Queensland border is open to most of all states and territories — plus New Zealand. Anyone entering Queensland needs to complete an online travel declaration at qld.gov.au/queensland-travel-declaration. This includes Queensland residents.

Queensland has 2 types of declarations: a Queensland Travel Declaration and a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

You must complete the right declaration for your situation up to 3 days before your arrival into Queensland. The form takes about 3 minutes to complete.

The following people are exempt from needing to make an online travel declaration:

  • an emergency health services, emergency service worker, national defence, state security or police worker responding to an emergency in Queensland
  • a passenger of an ambulance or aeromedical service
  • entering Queensland in an emergency situation
  • a member of allowed maritime crew under the Maritime Protocol
  • assisting with or participating in a State or Commonwealth law enforcement investigation or other action at the request or direction of a State or Commonwealth department or law enforcement agency
  • a disaster management worker where allowed under the Operational protocol for disaster management workers

Coming from South Australia

The Queensland Government has declared all of South Australia as a COVID-19 hotspot.

The date that the Queensland Government declared South Australia’s 68 local government areas (LGAs) and 6 remote communities as hotspots is 22 July 2021.

Anyone who’s been to a hotspot in the previous 14 days or since the hotspot’s identified start date — whichever is shorter — will not be allowed to enter Queensland, unless they're a Queensland resident, are relocating to Queensland or are allowed to enter for a limited range of essential reasons. If you’re allowed to enter Queensland, you must complete14 days of hotel quarantineat your own expense.

If you enter Queensland from South Australia before 1am on Thursday 22 July, you should immediately get a COVID-19 test and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result.

For more information, visit covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/border-closing.

Coming from New South Wales

All of New South Wales is a declared COVID-19 hotspot.

The dates the Queensland Government declared NSW as a hotspot are as follows:

Greater Sydney local government areas (LGAs) — 21 June 2021.

Orange, Blayney and Cabonne LGAs in New South Wales — 22 July 2021.

Remaining 90 LGAs that make up New South Wales — 23 July 2021.

For a complete list and a map of declared hotspots, go to covid19.qld.gov.au. Search ‘COVID-19 hotspots’.

Anyone who has been a hotspot since its start date will not be allowed to enter Queensland — unless they’re a Queensland resident, are relocating to Queensland or are allowed to enter for a limited range of essential reasons. If you’re allowed to enter Queensland, you must complete 14 days of hotel quarantine at your own expense.

Border zone residents

New South Wales border zone residents can only cross the border for a permitted purpose. They must complete a travel declaration to enter Queensland.

New South Wales border zone residents and Queensland residents can’t travel south outside the border zone in New South Wales and then enter Queensland, until it has been 14 days since they were south of the border zone. If they need to return to Queensland within the 14 days, they’ll need to go into hotel quarantine.

More information for NSW border zone residents can be found at covid19.qld.gov.au. Click on ‘Borders and travel’.

Coming from Victoria

The Queensland Government has declared Victoria as a COVID-19 hotspot.

The date that the Queensland Government declared Victoria’s 79 LGAs and 10 unincorporated areas as hotspots is 17 July 2021.

Anyone who’s been to a hotspot in the previous 14 days or since the hotspot’s identified start date — whichever is shorter — will not be allowed to enter Queensland , unless they’re a Queensland resident, are relocating to Queensland, or are allowed to enter for a limited range of essential reasons. If you’re allowed to enter Queensland, you must complete 14 days of hotel quarantine at your own expense.

Interstate exposure venues

Queensland has current contact tracing alerts and related public health advice for people who have been in:

  • New South Wales — the identified date is 1am 18 June 2021
  • South Australia — there is currently no identified date
  • Tasmania — there is currently no identified date
  • Victoria — the identified date is 1am 26 May 2021

If you’ve been to an interstate exposure venue during the risk period for that venue in the past 14 days, you must:

  • remain at home or at your arranged accommodation for 14 days after being at the exposure venue
  • complete the online contact tracing form by clicking on the name for the relevant location in the exposure venues table on the Queensland Government website. A pop-up window will appear with specific advice for that location and a link to the form. If you’re unable to complete the online contact tracing form, please call 134 COVID (134 268).
  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and return and remain at home or in your arranged accommodation, even if you get a negative test result, for 14 days after being at the exposure venue — wear a mask while you are out

If you enter Queensland after the identified date and you’ve been to an interstate exposure location at the specified date and time you will need to quarantine in government arranged accommodation.

For a list of the exposure venues and more information on entering Queensland, go to qld.gov.au and search ‘Contact tracing – coronavirus (COVID-19)’.

Anyone who has been in an interstate exposure venue in the last 14 days cannot enter aged-care facilities, disability accommodation services, hospitals, or correctional facilities.

Travelling to Norfolk Island

Visitors and residents of Norfolk Island must apply for a Norfolk Island Entry Pass before travelling to the island. They must be prepared to take a COVID-19 test on arrival if the Norfolk Island Hospital and Residential Age Care (NIHRACS) advises. To apply for an Entry Pass, visit  norfolkisland.gov.nf  and search ‘Norfolk Entry Pass’.

There may be travel restrictions in place and you may need to self-isolate on arrival — depending on whether you have been in a hotspot in the past 14 days. For the latest information on travelling to Norfolk Island, please visit norfolkisland.gov.nf and click on ‘COVID update’.

Returning from overseas

Travellers returning from overseas — except for New Zealand — need to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

You must complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before you depart for Australia. For more information, visit covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/before-i-travel.

Quarantine rules

Anyone entering Queensland — including residents — must quarantine if in the past 14 days they've:

  • been overseas
  • had contact with someone with COVID-19
  • been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot — unless exempt

You cannot allow anyone to enter the premises where you are quarantining, unless they are:

  • needed for an emergency situation
  • a resident of the premises or staying in the premises for quarantine reasons
  • required to enter by an emergency officer to conduct a COVID-19 test
  • directed to enter by an emergency officer for an emergency and their contact details are recorded.

You can open the door of your quarantine room to be tested for COVID-19. If you refuse to be tested at any point during quarantine you will have to stay in quarantine for an additional 14 days.

If on a balcony, you must wear a face mask and cannot:

  • physically interact with other guests
  • accept or pass over items between balconies
  • enter another guest’s balcony.

Any travel any travel to or from quarantine must be in an ambulance or by a transport provider endorsed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads with a transport plan. For further information go to qld.gov.au, search ‘endorsed transport providers’ and click on the page titled ‘Requirements for quarantine facility workers’.

The quarantine fees are:

  • $2,800 for 1 adult
  • $3,710 for 2 adults in the same room
  • $4,620 for 2 adults and 2 children in the same room

You may be eligible for all or part of the quarantine fee to be waived. Payment plans are also available. You may not have to quarantine if you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days if you:

  • need to come to Queensland to complete an essential activity
  • arrive into Queensland by air and you transfer directly to another flight to leave Queensland or quarantine until your flight out of Queensland
  • can provide evidence that you completed mandatory hotel quarantine in a COVID-19 hotspot and immediately transited to Queensland

If you’re exempt from quarantine because you’re in Queensland to complete an essential activity, you’ll need to keep and retain records of close contacts for the first 2 weeks in Queensland.

Face masks

You must wear a mask when at an airport or on a domestic or international flight departing or arriving in Queensland. Air crew must also wear masks on flights and in airports.

Children under 12 and those with exemptions do not need to wear a mask. Toddlers under the age of 2 and babies must not wear masks as they are a choking and suffocation risk.

People don't need to wear masks in other settings, but they are encouraged to:

  • carry a mask with them at all times when they leave home
  • wear a mask when travelling on public transport, in a taxi or ride share or in shopping centres
  • wear a mask in any indoor or outdoor space when physical distancing is not possible

There are some exceptions to wearing a face mask, including:

  • children under 12
  • when eating, drinking or taking medicine
  • where visibility of the mouth is essential
  • where a mask needs to be removed to clearly communicate
  • a person with a particular medical condition or disability
  • a person undergoing medical treatment
  • if a person is asked to remove a face mask for identity purposes
  • if wearing a mask creates a risk to a person’s health and safety
  • for emergencies or when allowed by law
  • in any circumstances when it’s not safe to wear a mask

Check the Queensland Government's website for more information on mask requirements. Go to qld.gov.au and type ‘face masks’ into the search bar. Select ‘Face masks — coronavirus (COVID-19) | Health and wellbeing’.

Check in Qld app

The Check In Qld app is now mandatory across a number of new venues and events, including:

  • venues where large crowds are in attendance, such as stadiums, convention centres, theme parks, concert venues and cinemas
  • beauty and personal care services
  • indoor and outdoor events, such as festivals, expos, fetes and fun runs
  • leisure and recreation facilities, such as gyms, health clubs, indoor pools and sports facilities
  • short term accommodation, such as hotels, boarding houses and holiday rentals
  • outdoor recreation, such as caravan parks, camping areas, zoos and aquariums
  • public government services, such as government customer services, galleries, museums, libraries and community centres
  • indoor weddings, funerals and places of worship
  • higher education, such as universities, TAFE and registered training organisations
  • adult entertainment venues
  • hospitals, residential aged care, disability service accommodation (applies to visitors, volunteers and contractors, not staff or patients/residents)

For more information on restrictions in Queensland, visit covid19.qld.gov.au. Alternatively, call 134 COVID (13 42 68).

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