Queensland border restriction

Queensland border restriction

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From 10 July 2020 you will need to apply for a new Queensland Border Declaration Pass due to the new information required under Border restrictions Direction (No. 8).

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The Queensland Government is implementing enhanced border control measures, including border passes and identification screening.

From 10 July 2020, any person travelling from New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory may enter Queensland subject to completing and signing a border declaration and undertaking to present for a COVID-19 test if they develop symptoms.

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 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 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.

A separate border declaration pass is required for each individual, including children, and all travellers in your party must be eligible to enter Queensland. If an individual seeking to enter Queensland is a child or a person with impaired capacity, a parent or guardian may complete this form on behalf of the person.

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Enforcement and Penalties

Strengthened enforcement will be present at Queensland borders, including screening of Queensland Border Declaration Passes and identification. All flights will be checked, road vehicle borders will be enforced, and police will enforce quarantine.

All persons entering Queensland must complete and sign a border declaration stating whether they have been overseas, been in a COVID-19 hotspot, had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or had symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

There are also increased penalties for providing false or misleading information. If you breach any of the requirements under the Borders Direction, you may be subject to enforcement, including an on the spot fine of $1334 or a or a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,345.

If you provide false, misleading or incorrect information on a Queensland Border Declaration it is an offence punishable by a fine of $4004 or a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,345.

A person who refuses testing in quarantine will be subject to a further 10-day period at their own cost.

Review

The Queensland Chief Health Officer will review levels of community transmission and may impose additional restrictions should new hot spots occur.

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Border pass declaration and undertaking

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.

The declaration will include an undertaking that the person will have a COVID-19 test if they develop symptoms whilst in Queensland.

The only exceptions to completing border pass and undertaking requirements are maritime crew arriving in Queensland who are not disembarking their vessel, and any person providing an essential activity related to national and state security, such as police, health or emergency services, who enters Queensland during the course of an emergency, e.g. an ambulance transporting a patient with a life-threatening condition.

For further information refer to Border restrictions Direction (No. 8).

A fine of $4004 will apply to anyone who provides false or misleading information in their Queensland Border Declaration.


Interstate arrivals

From 12.01pm 10 July 2020, any person travelling from New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory may enter Queensland subject to completing and signing a border declaration and undertaking (an agreement) to comply with mandatory COVID-19 testing requirements whilst in Queensland.

This means you must take a COVID-19 test if you develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of entering Queensland.

Any person who has been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot (including Victoria) within the last 14 days will not be permitted to enter Queensland, unless they are:

  • a Queensland resident returning home, subject to government directed quarantine at their own cost
  • a person performing an essential activity - essential activities are determined by the Chief Health Officer and are limited to national defence and security, emergency services, transport of freight, time critical specialist workers, or airline or maritime crew. These people will not be required to quarantine but are subject to additional restrictions and requirements
  • to fulfil a legal obligation relating to shared parenting or child access
  • a person required for Court, Tribunal or law enforcement purposes in Queensland, subject to government directed quarantine at their own cost
  • a person transiting through a Queensland airport without leaving the airport or quarantines until the time of their flight to leave Queensland
  • a person escaping an immediate serious threat to their safety, e.g. sexual or domestic violence or accessing domestic and family violence support services
  • a higher education and boarding school students and staff members, including a parent or guardian accompanying a student who is a minor, subject to government directed quarantine at their own cost.

People seeking to move to Queensland to make it their new place of residence will not be permitted to enter Queensland if they have been in a COVID-19 hotspot.

There are also special requirements for agribusiness and commercial fishing employees or contractors entering Queensland for work.


Queensland residents

If you are a Queensland resident returning to Queensland from overseas, you must quarantine for 14 days.

If you are a Queensland resident returning home and you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days, you will be allowed to enter Queensland, but you will be subject to government directed quarantine at your own cost.

Even if you are a Queensland resident, you will need to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entering. Border passes remain valid for 7 days only from the day of declaration is made or if circumstances change (see section 7 of the Border restrictions Direction (No. 8)).


Remote communities pass

Travelling to or through remote communities in Queensland may be subject to additional restrictions and additional border passes, such as Communities Entry Pass (E pass). The Communities Entry Pass is not valid for Queensland border crossings. A border pass must be obtained separately if remote community travel also involves a border crossing.

Detailed information about the restrictions that apply in remote communities is available on the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships website.

To apply go to www.qld.gov.au/border-pass and click on ‘Travelling to or through remote communities’.


International arrivals

As per the Commonwealth Government’s travel restrictions, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

A person arriving in Queensland from overseas is required to quarantine in a nominated place for 14 days, as instructed by a relevant government officer, whether Queensland is the person’s final destination, or not, unless you have received an exemption, which is rare.

At the end of your quarantine, you will have to pay the cost. Payment plans are available. You may also be eligible to apply to have the quarantine fee waived.

For more information, see Self-quarantine for Persons Arriving in Queensland From Overseas Direction (No. 5) (effective 8 July 2020).


Resources

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Last updated:
10 July 2020