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Domestic travel – Queensland

Current as of 30 September 2020, at 14:20 AEST

Queenslanders can now travel anywhere within Queensland for any reason, including recreation and holidays.

Queensland residents can return home but must quarantine in government-designated accommodation at their own expense for 14 days if they’ve been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 2 weeks.

You can only enter Queensland from a hotspot if you travel by air. You can't travel by road from a hotspot.

Visit qld.gov.au and search for 'COVID-19 hotspots'.

People in all other states and territories can come to Queensland if they haven’t been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days. All of Victoria and NSW — besides the Qld-NSW border zone — are currently considered a hotspot. See below for more information.

To enter Queensland, you must apply for a Queensland Border Declaration Pass — see below for more information.

However, you can enter Queensland by road, rail or air from a hotspot such as NSW to receive essential healthcare or support someone needing essential healthcare. For example, if you’re a parent of a child and treatment can’t be provided in the hotspot. You won't require an exemption to do this. However, you’ll need to provide written evidence of the time and place that the essential healthcare is set to occur, such as a letter from the hospital.

Essential healthcare includes an appointment at:

  • the Queensland Children’s Hospital, which is confirmed in writing by the hospital
  • a Queensland hospital and health service or associated outreach location, confirmed in writing by the service
  • a Queensland private health facility or ancillary clinic or service, confirmed in writing by the service or health practitioner
  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Service, confirmed in writing by the service
  • a health practitioner at another place, confirmed in writing by the provider.

People can call the COVID-19 Healthcare Support Service on 134 COVID (13 42 68) to speak with a specialist team who are helping coordinate interstate residents who are travelling to Queensland for healthcare.

For more information on receiving essential healthcare, visit qld.gov.au and search for ‘border restrictions’. Select ‘Border restrictions | Health and wellbeing’.

Schoolies Week and associated events have been cancelled. Although people can still travel in Queensland, accommodation providers will be required to register guests as part of their COVID-safe plans.

Gatherings in residences — including holiday units — will be limited to 10 people from 21 November to 11 December.

Air travel

If a person arrived in a COVID-19 hotspot by air for the sole purpose of transiting through — and didn't leave the confines of the airport — they're not considered to have been in a hotspot.

However, if you had a layover at Melbourne Tullamarine airport you must quarantine for 14 days in government-arranged accommodation at your own expense when you arrive in Queensland.

Coming from New South Wales

From 1am on Thursday 1 October 2020, the NSW border zone will expand to include the Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes council areas.

Apart from the border zone, New South Wales is considered a COVID-19 hotspot.

Queensland’s border zone will expand from 1am on Thursday 1 October to include the Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes council areas. Border residents can apply for a border pass and travel around Queensland for any purpose, and Queenslanders can also travel to those places.

Non-Queensland residents who’ve been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the past 14 days can’t enter Queensland and will be turned away at the border. There are very few exceptions to this rule.

You can only enter Queensland — by road — if you are:

  • a truck driver
  • a worker in transporting freight and logistics
  • performing essential activities
  • border-zone resident

Returning Queenslanders must pay for 14 days’ mandatory hotel quarantine.

Queenslanders are strongly advised not to travel to NSW.

Border-zone residents

Border-zone residents live in certain areas on either side of the Queensland-NSW border. A border-zone resident may be someone who lives in Queensland but works or studies in NSW — or vice versa.

Queensland border-zone residents can travel to the NSW border zone, but they can’t travel further into NSW.

NSW border-zone residents can’t travel beyond the border zone in Queensland nor beyond the border zone in NSW.

If you’re a border-zone resident, you must prove you are with a document that contains your address, such as your driver’s licence, and have a valid border declaration pass.

If you’re a border-zone resident, you can’t travel to an area of NSW that’s outside of the border zone and then enter Queensland without quarantining. If you’ve been in a hotspot over the past 14 days, you must quarantine in accommodation arranged by the government at your own expense when you enter Queensland. For example, if you live in the Tweed Shire and travel to Sydney to visit friends over the weekend, you can’t go to work on the Gold Coast on Monday.

If you are in a hotspot outside of the border zone, you can’t spend 14 days in the border zone and enter Queensland without quarantining.

From 1am on Thursday 1 October, the NSW border zone will expand to include the Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes council areas.

From this time, the Queensland side of the border zone won’t exist. All Queensland residents can travel within the NSW border zone for any reason and NSW border-zone residents can travel to any part of Queensland for any reason.

The Queensland Government provides a border zone communities map. Visit covid19.qld.gov.au and select ‘Crossing the border’.

Coming from Victoria

The entire state of Victoria is considered a COVID-19 hotspot.

Non-Queensland residents who’ve been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the past 14 days won’t be able to enter Queensland and will be turned away at the border. There are very few exceptions to this rule.

Returning Queenslanders must pay for 14 days’ mandatory hotel quarantine.

Queenslanders are strongly advised not to travel to Victoria.

Coming from the Australian Capital Territory

The ACT is not a hotspot and people in the Territory can visit Queensland without quarantining if they fly from Canberra Airport and provide a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

Travellers who’ve been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days won’t be allowed into Queensland, unless they have an exemption.

Essential activities

People who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days but are needed in Queensland to perform essential activities must apply for an essential activity category Queensland Border Declaration Pass. See below for more information about border passes.

For more information about essential activities, visit covid19.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Border restrictions’.

Quarantine rules

In addition to the new quarantine rules, everyone who's allowed to enter — including Queenslanders — must quarantine if in the past 14 days if they've:

  • been overseas
  • had contact with someone with COVID-19
  • had COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19
  • travelled outside the Queensland-NSW border zone if they are a border zone resident (of either side)

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

Border declaration passes

Any person — including Queensland residents — must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before entering the state. There are general and essential activity border passes.

A separate border declaration pass is required for each individual — including children.

This includes freight transport drivers, who were previously exempt.

The only exceptions to completing the border pass are:

  • maritime crew arriving in Queensland who are not disembarking their vessel.
  • any person providing an essential activity related to national and state security — such as police, health or emergency services — who enters Queensland during the course of an emergency. For example, an ambulance transporting a patient with a life-threatening condition.

Complete the Queensland Border Declaration Pass at qld.gov.au.

The border pass is valid for 7 days. If you travel over the border on a regular basis, you need to renew your border pass every week.

If you have a border pass issued before 1:00am on Saturday 8 August, you will need to reapply for a new pass if you want to enter Queensland again.

You must agree to mandatory testing if you show any symptoms of COVID-19 and failure to get tested could result in fines up to $4,004. This also applies to returning Queenslanders.

Shared-care arrangements

If you’re coming to Queensland with your child to complete a court-ordered shared parenting or child contact arrangement, you and your child will have to complete 14-days quarantine. This will be in government-designated accommodation at your own expense.

If you’re just transiting through an airport in a hotspot to bring your child to Queensland, you won’t have to complete quarantine upon your return.

If you’re travelling to visit a child who lives in Queensland, your child will be allowed to visit you in quarantine. You won’t be allowed to leave quarantine to spend time with your child.

You’ll need to apply for an exemption in order to send your child to Queensland from a hotspot by themselves. This is to ensure that no one under the age of 18 is unaccompanied in government-designated quarantine.

If your child is coming home to Queensland after visiting their other parent in a hotspot, they can’t quarantine at home with you. You’ll need to stay with your child in the government-designated accommodation, at your own expense. If you’re caring for other children, they’ll need to quarantine with you unless you can arrange for someone else to care for them.

Returning from overseas

Travellers returning from overseas need to quarantine for 14 days and pay a quarantine fee — see above. You may be eligible for all or part of the fee to be waived. Payment plans are also available.

COVID-19-affected locations in Queensland

There are several current contact-tracing alerts for Queensland.

If you were at any of these locations on the dates listed, you’re urged to monitor your health and get tested immediately if you have any symptoms.

For a list of current contact tracing alerts, visit qld.gov.au/health select ‘Health alerts’ then look for ‘Contact tracing locations’.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must get tested. Please visit qld.gov.au and search for ‘Testing and fever clinics — coronavirus’ for more information on COVID-19 testing clinics.

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).

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