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Travel – Queensland

Updated on 7 December 2021, at 14:11 AET

Queensland restrictions

Queenslanders can travel anywhere within the state, or to destinations outside Queensland that are not a declared hotspot.

People who leave 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.

Travelling from interstate

Anyone entering Queensland — including residents — needs to apply for a border pass online at qld.gov.au/border-pass. You must complete the right declaration for your situation.

Queensland has 3 types of border pass:

  • Queensland entry pass — which incorporates the Queensland Travel Declaration and Queensland Border Declaration Pass. Everyone entering Queensland who's been interstate — excluding freight and logistics workers — must complete this declaration before entering Queensland. If you've been to a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days you can't enter unless you have a right of entry. Eligible domestic travellers arriving from a hotspot will be able to quarantine at home.
  • Border Zone Travel (X/XR Pass) — complete the X Pass if you're a New South Wales border-zone resident entering Queensland for an essential purpose or a Queensland resident who entered the NSW border zone for an essential purpose and is re-entering Queensland. This includes passenger transport operators but excludes freight and logistics operators.
  • Freight and Logistics Pass (F Pass) — complete the F Pass if you're a freight and logistics operator entering Queensland from another Australian state or territory. This excludes passenger transport operators.

The following people are exempt from border passes:

  • an emergency health or other emergency service worker, national defence, state security or police worker responding to an emergency in Queensland
  • a passenger of an ambulance or aeromedical service
  • a person who's entering Queensland in an emergency situation
  • a member of allowed maritime crew under the Maritime Protocol
  • a person who's 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

New South Wales border-zone residents

Border-zone residents who are not fully vaccinated who have been in a restricted border zone (and not a COVID-19 hotspot) in the past 14 days may only enter Queensland for very limited essential reasons:

  • to get medical care, supplies or other healthcare services, including a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination that they cannot reasonably get in NSW
  • to fulfil a court order for shared parenting or child visitation
  • in the event of an emergency situation

If you are fully vaccinated and have not been to a COVID-19 hotspot outside of the border zone, you may enter Queensland from a restricted border zone for any of the following reasons:

  • to get food or other essential goods and services that cannot reasonably be obtained within NSW
  • to access medical care or other healthcare services, including getting a COVID-19 vaccination if you cannot be vaccinated in NSW
  • to attend court, or comply with a court order
  • to donate blood
  • to work or volunteer, which can't be done at home
  • to attend school, childcare or tertiary education
  • to provide support or assistance to a family member or vulnerable person, or to visit a terminally ill relative
  • to fulfil shared parenting and visitation arrangements
  • to get help in an emergency or for safety reasons (such as escaping harm or injury, including domestic violence)

Border-zone residents must complete the Border Zone Travel (X/XR) Pass — see above.

From 1:00am, Monday 13 December 2021, fully-vaccinated border-zone residents can move freely across the border for any reason. They will need a border pass, which will be valid for 14 days, but will not need a COVID-19 test.

For an up-to-date list of restricted and non-restricted border zone LGAs, go to covid19.qld.gov.au. Click on 'Latest border restrictions'. Then click on 'find out about changes to border zone requirements'.

For more information on the NSW border zone and requirements when in Queensland, go to covid19.qld.gov.au. Click on 'Borders and travel'.

Interstate hotspots

The following areas are declared hotspots:

  • ACT
  • Greater Adelaide in South Australia
  • Greater Katherine and Robinson River (including surrounding homelands) in the Northern Territory
  • New South Wales, including the Commonwealth Territory of Jervis Bay
  • Victoria

Anyone who's been in a hotspot in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter Queensland and quarantine at home, provided they meet the following criteria:

  • you must be fully vaccinated and provide your vaccination certificate, or proof of exemption
  • arrive by air to any Queensland airport (you can’t arrive by road)
  • get a negative COVID-19 test in the 72 hours before travelling to Queensland
  • be able to quarantine at home for 14 days at a suitable residence
  • be able to travel from the airport to your residence by private transport
  • get tested on days 1, 5 and 12

If you meet these criteria, apply for a Queensland Border Pass Declaration for approval.

For more information, visit qld.gov.au and search for ‘Home quarantine for domestic travellers’.

If you are unable to meet the relevant requirements for entry, you will be required to undertake 14 days quarantine in a government-nominated facility.

From 1:00am, Monday 13 December 2021, you can enter Queensland by air or road from an interstate COVID-19 hotspot if you are fully vaccinated.

  • You must obtain a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arriving in Queensland.
  • You will not need to quarantine on arrival.
  • You must have another test on day 5 after your arrival.

You are considered fully vaccinated from 1 week after your second dose.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you can only enter by air and will need to remain in hotel quarantine for 14 days.

When Queensland hits the 90% fully-vaccinated target, the state will remove border restrictions and quarantine for fully-vaccinated people.

Unvaccinated travellers will need to meet relevant requirements for entry and quarantine.

For more information, including areas that Queensland has declared as hotspots, go to covid19.qld.gov.au. Click on Borders and travel.

Arriving from a green zone

Until 1am Monday 13 December 2021, the following rules apply.

You’re entering from a green zone if you haven’t been in a COVID-19 hotspot or interstate exposure venue in the past 14 days or have only been in a safe travel zone country.

You must apply for (within 72 hours of your arrival) and receive a Queensland entry pass before you can enter Queensland. If you receive an entry pass you won’t need to quarantine on arrival. You also don’t need to be vaccinated to enter from a green zone.

If you transit through a hotspot by road or leave the designated green zone within an airport in a hotspot, you’re entering Queensland from a hotspot, not a green zone. You’ll need to follow the rules for entering from a hotspot — see above.

Freight and logistics workers

Any freight or logistics worker travelling to Queensland from interstate will need to:

  • have a valid F Pass — see above
  • provide a negative COVID-19 test result received within the 7 days prior to entering Qld
  • maintain a rolling 7-day testing cycle with negative results while travelling in and out of Qld
  • have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine
  • by Monday 15 November 2021 receive the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine or provide evidence of a booking to do so

For more information on freight and logistics, go to qld.gov.au and select 'Travelling to Queensland'.

Returning from overseas

If you arrive on a direct international flight into Queensland, you will be required to undertake 14 days’ quarantine in a government-nominated facility.

If you arrive via another state or territory and you have been overseas in the past 14 days, you will need to meet the relevant requirements for entry to Queensland. You will be required to quarantine in a government-nominated facility for 14 days since your arrival in Australia and since you have been in a domestic hotspot.

Arrangements for travel from a ‘green’ or ‘safe zone’ country continue to be quarantine-free.

From 1:00am, Monday 13 December 2021, if you are arriving from overseas:

  • You must be fully vaccinated.
  • You must obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your departure.
  • You will need to have another test on arrival in Queensland.
  • You must go into home or hotel quarantine for 14 days.

People who don’t meet these conditions must complete 14 days of hotel quarantine.

When Queensland hits the 90% fully-vaccinated target, Queensland will remove border restrictions and quarantine for fully-vaccinated people. Unvaccinated travellers will need to meet requirements for entry and quarantine.

For more information on quarantine requirements, go to covid19.qld.gov.au. Click on 'Quarantine requirements'.

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