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Any person that has been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot during the past 14 days, including Victoria, must not enter Queensland.

The only exceptions (and subject to strict conditions), are:

  • a Queensland resident returning home who will be subject to government directed quarantine.
  • a person entering to perform an essential activity (see summary below) listed in the Chief Health Officer’s Border restrictions Direction (No. 8)
  • a person listed in other limited categories as listed in the Chief Health Officer’s Border restrictions Direction (No. 8).

It is strongly recommended Queenslanders do not travel to any known COVID-19 hotspot.

Any Queensland resident returning home must undergo mandatory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. They may be directed to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense.

Any person entering Queensland (including Queensland residents) must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entering, including freight transport drivers who were previously exempt. Border passes are valid for 7 days only.

Essential Activity

The following employment is considered essential activity under the regulation:

  1. National defence, state security and police
  2. Health services and emergency services
  3. Transport of freight and logistics
  4. Specialist worker: A person required to provide emergency services or continuity of government services, infrastructure or utilities critical to Queensland but only if:
    • the services provided by the person cannot be obtained in Queensland; and
    • the service must be provided without delay; and
    • the person must be physically present in Queensland to provide the service or perform the duty.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the border restrictions also involved mandatory testing.

“Anyone who is coming into Queensland, if you feel sick, you must get tested immediately. That’s part of the border declaration, mandatory testing,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Opening our borders to states and territories that do not have community transmission will be a huge boost for the Queensland economy as part of our job-creating plan to unite and recover from the worldwide damage of COVID-19.”

Also announced by the Queensland Government:

  • 520 projects will be funded from the $200 million COVID Works for Queensland program.
  • A new round of $150 Fair Play vouchers is ready for families to meet the cost of sport.
  • Thousands of jobs in pubs and clubs will be better protected with gaming taxes deferred.
  • Planning law changes and red tape reduction will keep projects moving during COVID.
  • The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is open again to boost tourism and events.




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