Queensland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan To Unite Families

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Queensland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan To Unite Families

Important

On Sunday 14 November 2021 Queensland hit 70% double-dose vaccination.

It's expected we will reach 80% by 17 December 2021.

At all stages, anyone coming to Queensland will need to complete the relevant entry declaration and abide by the public health directions in place at the time.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Plan To Unite Families - A Plan For Queensland's Borders details changes to domestic and international travel to Queensland when Queensland reaches 70%, 80% and then 90% of the eligible population fully vaccinated.

The requirements for travelers coming from interstate (including declared COVID-19 hotspots) and from overseas at each stage are outlined in the plan.

Read more about the COVID-19 Vaccine Plan and what it means for:

Preliminary modelling by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has been used to develop Queensland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan to Unite Families.

Read QIMR’s modelling report.

The opening of Queensland’s borders will only be possible if Queenslanders protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated.

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Domestic travel

  • Arriving from a hotspot

    If you have been in a declared hotspot in the past 14 days you may travel to Queensland provided you:

    • are fully vaccinated
    • arrive by air only
    • have a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival into Queensland
    • undertake 14 days home quarantine subject to conditions set by Queensland Health.

    Otherwise, you will need to meet the relevant requirements for entry and will be required to undertake 14 days quarantine in a government-nominated facility.

    Arriving from all other areas of Australia

    Provided you have not been in a hotspot in the last 14 days:

    • No restrictions on entry to Queensland.
    • No quarantine required.
  • Arriving from a hotspot

    If you have been in a declared hotspot in the past 14 days you may travel to Queensland provided you:

    • are fully vaccinated
    • have a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival into Queensland.

    You may arrive by air or road.

    There is no quarantine required if you meet these criteria.

    If you do not meet these criteria, you will need to meet the relevant requirements for entry and will be required to undertake a period of quarantine in a government‑nominated facility.

    Arriving from all other areas of Australia

    Provided you have not been in a hotspot in the last 14 days:

    • No restrictions on entry to Queensland.
    • No quarantine required.
  • Arriving from anywhere in Australia

    If you are fully vaccinated:

    No restrictions on entry to Queensland and no quarantine required.

    If you are not fully vaccinated:

    You will need to meet the relevant requirements for entry and will be required to undertake a period of quarantine.

International travel

  • Arriving direct from overseas

    If you are arriving on a direct international flight into Queensland you will be required to undertake 14 days quarantine in a government-nominated facility.

    These arrivals will be subject to Queensland’s international air arrivals cap.

    Arriving from overseas via another state or territory

    If you have been overseas in the past 14 days, you will need to meet the relevant requirements for entry to Queensland and will be required to quarantine in a government-nominated facility until 14 days has passed since your arrival into Australia and since you have been in a domestic hotspot.

    Safe travel zone

    Arrangements will continue to be quarantine-free.

  • Arriving direct from overseas

    If you are arriving on a direct international flight you may travel to Queensland provided you:

    • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • are fully vaccinated
    • have a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior to departure
    • undertake a period of home quarantine subject to conditions set by Queensland Health.

    These arrivals will be uncapped.

    If you do not meet these criteria, you will need to enter within Queensland’s international air arrivals cap and undertake a period of quarantine in a government‑nominated facility.

    Arriving from overseas via another state or territory

    If you have been overseas in the past 14 days, you may enter Queensland provided you:

    • are fully vaccinated
    • have undertaken the Queensland-specified period of quarantine under the direction of another state or territory at home or in a government-nominated facility

    If you do not meet these criteria, you will need to meet the relevant requirements for entry to Queensland and will be required to undertake a period of home quarantine.

    Safe travel zone

    Arrangements will continue to be quarantine-free.

  • If you are fully vaccinated:

    No restrictions on entry to Queensland and no quarantine required.

    If you are not fully vaccinated:

    You will need to meet the relevant requirements for entry and will be required to undertake a period of quarantine.

Conditions - apply at all stages

All arrivals – Regardless of where you come from, must complete relevant entry declaration and abide by the public health directions in place at the time. Get tested if you have any symptoms and isolate until you receive your results.

Negative COVID-19 test – A COVID-19 test approved by the TGA.

Cross-border communities – Special arrangements may be put in place for cross‑border communities.

Eligible Queensland and population – For the purposes of vaccination coverage, the eligible Queensland population is people aged 16 and older in accordance with the Commonwealth Government’s definition.

Quarantine periods – Quarantine periods will be determined once Australian Health Protection Principal Committee advice has been received and considered. This period may be up to 14 days.

Business support – From 80% businesses need to be aware that the Commonwealth Government has indicated that financial support will not be available in the event of restrictions or lockdowns.

Fully vaccinated – Two weeks since your second dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. People who cannot be vaccinated—for example those who are not eligible due to age or have an exemption from a qualified medical practitioner—will be treated as vaccinated for the purposes of entry and quarantine requirements.

Exclusion zones – Should the Chief Health Officer determine the risk posed by arrivals from an area overseas or interstate is extreme and cannot be managed within this Border Plan, additional entry and quarantine requirements may be imposed for that specific area.

Lockdowns – In line with the National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response, any lockdowns will be highly targeted. Areas with lower vaccination rates will be more likely to require public health restrictions and lockdowns.

Home quarantine – If you cannot meet the Queensland Health home quarantine criteria, you will be required to undertake an equivalent period of quarantine in a government-nominated facility. Home quarantine undertaken in another state or territory must have been undertaken in accordance with an order issued by that state or territory. Self-imposed home quarantine will not meet the requirements for home quarantine under this plan.

Restrictions – from 80% additional public health restrictions will apply to unvaccinated people. Further details to be confirmed. For example, venues and events who require all patrons and staff to be vaccinated may be able to operate without public health restrictions. However, venues and events which allow unvaccinated people may continue to be subject to a range of public health restrictions such as capacity and density limits.

The 'New NORMAL'

Maintain physical distancing (1.5m)
Wear a mask when you’re required to
Maintain good hand hygiene
Stay at home when sick
Check In Qld app for effective contact tracing
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Frequently asked questions

  • Queensland’s plan is based on the national plan. Queensland has always taken a cautious and measured approach and have been successful in our management of the pandemic so far. With vaccination rates increasing, we’re now in a position to outline a way forward for reopening the borders, because we’ve got extensive plans in place to ensure our health system is ready and able to handle COVID-19 spreading in the community.

  • Yes. We will move to the next stage of the Queensland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan to Unite Families earlier if Queenslanders keep coming forward to be vaccinated.

  • Yes. Based on current modelling Queensland is expected to achieve the 80% vaccination rate on 17 December. If Queenslanders keep coming forward to be vaccinated it may happen earlier and we will bring forward the changes to border restrictions.

  • With Queenslanders responding rapidly to the call to get vaccinated, we are able to closely estimate when we may achieve 70% and 80% vaccination rates. As with all vaccines, uptake tends to wane as higher vaccination rates are reached, so predicting 90% vaccination targets is not as straight forward. We ask Queenslanders to keep up the pace in getting vaccinated so we can look towards a timeframe for achieving a 90% vaccination rate.

  • Vaccination is our pathway out of this pandemic. Once high vaccination rates are achieved, very little restrictions are required, and that’s what our  Queensland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan to Unite Families shows.

    COVID-19 will become endemic – that means circulating freely in the community. With all infectious diseases that are endemic, like the flu, there may be a need for localised public health measures, so it doesn’t evolve into a pandemic again.

  • Thanks to the efforts of all Queenslanders, we are not currently subject to the stringent public health restrictions seen elsewhere in the nation and across the world. Queensland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan to Unite Families recognises the importance of vaccination as a means of getting out of this pandemic. Once we achieve the 80% vaccination rate, vaccinated domestic travellers will no longer have to quarantine.

    But at 80%, we will still need some public health measures to protect the most vulnerable in our community. Once we achieve 90% vaccination, we can live with COVID-19 spreading in the community and managing the virus with endemic public health measures. Before then, we must protect those most vulnerable by continuing some travel restrictions.

  • Yes, the border to NSW will be open for fully vaccinated people. There will still be a border zone in place to ensure those who are unvaccinated can still enter Queensland for essential purposes.

  • An exclusion zone is a country or a LGA/region in Australia that has a large number of unlinked COVID-19 cases that are rapidly increasing each day. The definition of a large number depends on the risk profile of the outbreak. Other factors may also be included such as a new variant of concern that vaccines may not work as well against.

    It’s an important reminder that this virus could change, and we may need to do something differently to manage it.

  • While reaching 70% of the population vaccinated against COVID-19 is a significant milestone, the rate is not high enough that we can safely allow COVID-19 to spread in the community. We know there is an increased risk of spread with driving, because of the need to stop for things like fuel, food, rests and toilet breaks. Allowing home quarantine for fully vaccinated people is a step in the right direction, but at this stage, it’s important people must still arrive by air to limit the possibility of COVID-19 spreading in Queensland before we reach high vaccination rates.

  • The Queensland COVID-19 Vaccine Plan to Unite Families is focussed on opening the border and travel-related restrictions. More information on other restrictions will be provided in due course.

  • You will need to show your COVID-19 vaccination certificate to prove you are fully vaccinated. This is available to download online from your Medicare account. If you can’t access it online, you can contact your vaccination provider or the Australian Immunisation Register. Work is also underway to adapt the Check-In Qld app to allow people to display vaccination status via the app as an additional option.

  • No. You must have received two doses of a vaccine that is recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), because we know the approved vaccines have been rigorously assessed for safety, quality and effectiveness.

  • A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks from their second dose of the vaccine.

  • Border passes will continue to be needed when we reach both 70% and 80% vaccination rates and will be reassessed at the 90% stage.

  • The rules at each stage will not change unless there is an extreme change in the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting vaccinated and continuing to do the things that stop the spread of viruses like staying home when sick, washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes, will help avoid this.

  • Yes. We have spent the past 18 months preparing for the impact COVID-19 will have on our public health system. We have plenty of ICU capacity, ventilators, and negative pressure rooms or equivalent if we should need them. We also have the ability to provide virtual care to patients who are well enough to be treated at home. The plan includes measures such as delaying non-urgent elective surgery. This may be necessary as positive cases grow in the community and many people need hospitalisation.  To minimise or avoid this, high vaccination rates are required.

  • Queensland’s new border plan requires a negative test result using a TGA-approved COVID-19 test. Currently, we use Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing as a primary means of testing for COVID-19 because it is efficient, reliable and accurate, and this will continue to be the preferred method of testing. PCR test results can be turned around on the same day, depending on the volume of testing being performed.

    We will consider the use of Rapid Antigen Tests for specific cohorts and specific testing situations as we get closer to higher vaccination rates and border openings.

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Last updated:
29 November 2021