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Domestic travel – Queensland

Updated on 8 April 2021, at 15:30 AET

Travelling within Queensland

You can now leave your home for any purpose.

You can travel anywhere in Australia. 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 are 12 years and older, you must carry a face mask at all times when you leave your home — unless you have a lawful reason not to. Scroll down to Mandatory face masks for more information.

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’.

Travelling from interstate

The Queensland border is open to all states and territories.

For more information on restrictions, hotspots, border passes and other COVID-19 issues in Queensland, visit covid19.qld.gov.au. Alternatively, call 134 COVID (13 42 68).

Travelling from New Zealand

Queensland's borders are open to New Zealand.

Anyone who travels from New Zealand to Australia on a quarantine-free flight can come to Queensland without needing to quarantine.

Travellers in mandatory quarantine due to the previous restrictions on flights from New Zealand may exit quarantine if they have returned a negative COVID-19 test result.

For more information, go to covid19.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Border restrictions – travel and border passes’.

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 need to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. However, different rules apply to people returning from New Zealand. See above for more information.

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

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.

Mandatory face masks

If you are 12 years and older, you must carry a face mask at all times when you leave your home — unless you have a lawful reason not to.

Masks are currently mandatory in indoor settings, such as:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • hospitality venues such as restaurants and cafés, but patrons don’t need to wear masks while seated; customer-facing staff only
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gyms
  • indoor workplaces — if it’s safe to wear one and you can’t physically distance
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare, including waiting areas and queues

Exemptions from wearing a mask include certain health reasons, doing strenuous exercise or if it’s not safe to wear one.

You can remove your mask to eat or drink.

It’s strongly recommended you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to keep more than 1.5m from others, such as in busy walkways and thoroughfares.

Wearing a face mask is mandatory when travelling on domestic flights and in airports — except when you’re eating or drinking. 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.

Check the Queensland Government's website for more information on mask requirements.

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