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Domestic travel – Queensland

Current as of 15 January 2021, at 14:32 AEST

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 must not wear masks as they are a choking and suffocation risk.

If you were at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane from 2 January 2021, you must quarantine for 14 days from your last day of attending the hotel — even if you already completed your quarantine period and even if you’re now in another state or territory.

Travel within Queensland

People can travel anywhere within Queensland for any reason.

Greater Brisbane — including Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Moreton Bay Region, Logan City and Redland City

You can leave your home for any reason. You can now travel out of, and through, the Greater Brisbane area.

From 6pm on Monday 11 January and until 1am on Friday 22 January, people aged over 12 must wear a face mask if in a public indoor space — as well as on public transport, in ride-share cars and taxis, on planes and in airports.

From 6pm on Monday 11 January and until 1am on Friday 22 January, up to 20 people are allowed to gather in a home or public space. This number includes those who live with you.

Travelling from interstate

The Queensland border is open to all states and territories, except some parts of New South Wales.

You don't need a border pass to enter Queensland unless you come from NSW.

If you need a border pass, apply for one at qld.gov.au/border-pass/application.

Travelling from New South Wales

You can enter Queensland from NSW if you have not been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared — whichever is shorter. However, if you have been in NSW in the last 14 days you must have a border pass.

If you apply for a border pass, it does not mean you must quarantine unless another part of the Queensland public health direction requires. The questionnaire within the border pass application form at qld.gov.au/border-pass/application will confirm if you need to quarantine on arrival.

The Queensland Government has declared certain parts of NSW as COVID-19 hotspots. They include Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong. The following restrictions apply to people who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared — whichever is shorter:

  • You are not allowed to enter Queensland and will be turned away at the border.
  • You may be granted an exemption, but you’ll need to get tested and go into hotel quarantine at your own expense for 14 days from the date you entered Queensland.

You'll need to apply for an exemption if:

  • you’re a Queensland resident returning from NSW — scroll down to ‘Queensland residents’ for more information
  • you’re permanently relocating to Queensland from Greater Sydney
  • you’re fulfilling shared parenting and child contact arrangements
  • you need essential healthcare or to support someone needing essential healthcare

If you have had a layover in an airport located in a hotspot you will be able to enter Queensland if you did not leave the airport. You will have to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass. You can’t leave the airport to stay at an airport hotel.

If you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter), you can only enter Queensland by air. Only certain people can enter Queensland by road including truck drivers, workers related to the transport of freight and logistics, and people performing select essential activities.

If you do not fall into one of these categories, you will be required to apply for an exemption to enter by road. If your exemption is granted, it will include details of where you will complete your mandatory quarantine.

To find out which areas have been declared a COVID-19 hotspot, visit qld.gov.au and search ‘COVID-19 hotspots’.

To learn more about exemptions and how to apply for one, visit covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/border-closing.

Queensland residents

If you’re a Queensland resident returning home and you’ve been in Greater Sydney on or since Friday 11 December, you can return home, but you must enter Queensland by air. You must apply for a Queensland Border Declaration Pass. You will also need to get tested and go into government-arranged hotel quarantine at your own expense for 14 days from the date you entered Queensland.

Queensland residents who have been to other parts of NSW must apply for a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before they enter Queensland and can travel by any type of transport. You do not need to enter quarantine.

To apply for a border declaration pass, go to covid19.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Border restrictions — crossing the border’.

Victoria

The Queensland border is open to people travelling from Victoria if they haven’t been in a hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared — whichever is shorter. See above for information on rules concerning hotspots.

If you’re currently in Queensland and have been in Victoria on or since Monday 21 December 2020, should get tested immediately. You should also quarantine at home or your accommodation until you receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

If you’re travelling to Queensland and have been in Victoria on or since Monday 21 December 2020, you should get tested in Queensland when you reach your final destination. You should also quarantine at home or your accommodation until you receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

Queensland hospitals, aged care facilities and disability accommodation facilities are closed to all visitors who have been in Victoria in the last 14 days until they obtain a negative COVID-19 test in Queensland.

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

Queensland residents are urged to reconsider non-essential travel to Victoria and NSW, as border arrangements may change. Queensland residents that are currently in New South Wales or Victoria should consider returning home.

Queensland hospitals, aged care facilities and disability accommodation facilities are closed to all visitors who have been in Victoria on or since Monday 21 December 2020 or left Victoria less than 14 days ago.

Visitors are also restricted to correctional facilities.

Travel within Queensland

People can travel anywhere within Queensland for any reason.

Travelling from New Zealand

You can travel to Queensland from New Zealand without needing to quarantine on arrival — if you take a quarantine-free flight and complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before you depart for Australia. For more information, visit covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/new-zealand-safe-travel-zone.

However, on return to New Zealand, travellers must quarantine for 14 days and will need a voucher confirming their place in quarantine before boarding their flight home. Places are currently extremely limited so travellers should check health.govt.nz for availability.

Travellers from Australia to New Zealand must apply for an exemption. Visit covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions for more information.

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.

COVID-19-affected locations in Queensland

Contact tracing alerts have been issued in Queensland. For the latest updates on these, and on Queensland hotspots, visit qld.gov.au/health and under ‘COVID-19’ select ‘Contact tracing’.


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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