Queensland poised to reopen to international travellers

The Australian state of Queensland is relaxing Covid border restrictions for international travellers.

The change takes place from 1am on Saturday (January 22) local time.

There will be no restriction on fully vaccinated international visitors arriving into Queensland from then, according to the state’s tourism authority.

“There will be no requirement to complete quarantine. A Covid-19 test must be taken within 24 hours of arriving into Queensland – a rapid antigen test is acceptable,” Tourism & Events Queensland said.

Unvaccinated arrivals must quarantine for 14 days.

International travellers who intend to visit Queensland must also first meet the Australian government’s requirements to enter the country. 

Queensland’s domestic border restrictions were removed from January 15.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “So if you have family or loved ones – I know a lot of people have sons and daughters overseas or parents or brothers and sisters overseas – you can come into Queensland and you will no longer to, if you are vaccinated, quarantine. You are free to come in.

“We want to give some certainty to the industry and for people who are travelling,” she added.

The move came as the state reported that 88% of the eligible population is fully jabbed, with 91% receiving at least one dose.

Tourism and Events Queensland chief executive, Leanne Coddington, added: “As international travel restrictions continue to ease, there is now an exciting opportunity in particular for eligible Working Holiday Makers and students on relevant visas to travel from the UK to work in Queensland’s wonderful tourism and events industry or learn in some of the world’s most unique classrooms.

“While here they’ll also have the opportunity to experience our warm hospitality, spectacular destinations, world-class events, nature, wildlife and culture.”

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