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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Queensland Is Ditching All Domestic Border Restrictions From January 15

To get into the Sunshine State, you'll no longer need to show a border pass or provide proof of a rapid antigen test.
By Sarah Ward
January 13, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
January 13, 2022
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Here's a sentence that would've made zero sense two years ago: from 1am on Saturday, January 15, getting into Queensland will become a whole heap easier. The Sunshine State has had various levels of border rules in place during the pandemic, and currently only allows double-vaccinated interstate visitors to travel to the state and stay without quarantining first — but come 1am on Saturday, January 15, it'll scrap all domestic border restrictions.

That means that whether you're a local keen to visit Sydney or Melbourne and then return home, or you reside in those cities and you've been dreaming of a sunny beach holiday, you'll no longer need to show a border pass or provide proof of a rapid antigen test to make the trip into Queensland. Border checkpoints will be taken down as well.

"Anyone coming domestically across into Queensland, either by our road or by air, they do not have to show that they have had their border pass, they don't have to show that they have had a rapid antigen test," announced Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today, Thursday, January 13.

"This is the time and the time is now right as we head towards hitting that 90 percent [double-dosed vaccination target] next week."

Queensland's rules around international travel are set to change, too once the state hits 90-percent double-jabbed, with restrictions lifting for double-dosed overseas arrivals. That said, an exact date for when the loosened requirements will kick in hasn't yet been confirmed. The Premier advised that further details will be announced once Queensland reaches the vaccine threshold.

While restrictions around travel are changing, the Sunshine State's rules regarding visiting venues all remain in effect. As previously announced, you need to be double-jabbed to enter places such as restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas, stadiums, festivals, libraries, galleries and museums — but all of those types of sites across the hospitality and entertainment industries no longer have capacity restrictions.

Queensland reported 14,914 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, January 13, and currently has 145,294 active cases.

Queensland's border rules will ease at 1am AEST / 2am AEST on Saturday, January 15. For more information about Queensland's border policies and border passes, head to the Queensland Government website.

Published on January 13, 2022 by Sarah Ward

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