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(AUSTRALIA) JUST IN: #Coronavirus Report: Queensland will reopen its road borders to all interstate travellers from 1am (TODAY) Monday, now the state has passed its 80 per cent #COVID19 double vaccination milestone #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.13: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the call early last week, outlining more details and updates to the roadmap of how Queensland will live with COVID-19 in the community: She said Queensland would be reopening “on our terms”: While the 80 per cent target was deemed to be the trigger for Queensland to relax border restrictions, Ms Palaszczuk said she wanted to give prior notice that Monday would be the reopening day to provide “certainty for everyone”.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that according to an ABC News Report: Queensland throws open its borders Monday after passing the 80pc #COVID19 vaccination milestone. Here’s how that will work and be safe says Kindness & Love❤️ Amen 🙏’s

Queensland police officer in high-vis directs a car driving on road near a border checkpoint at Coolangatta.
Border crossing rules are being relaxed, but people living in the border bubble will still need passes.(ABC News: Chris Gillette)

From Monday, fully vaccinated border zone residents will be able to move freely across the border for any reason without the need for a COVID test.Unwrapping 2022: How life in Queensland is about to undergo a massive change, as the Premier’s gift to Queenslanders this Christmas is opening the state’s borders, bringing an influx of people as well as COVID-19.

It means 2022 will look very different to the year that was.

Here’s how Queensland’s roadmap will work.

Will travellers from interstate hotspots be allowed in?

Yes. The biggest change to Queensland’s rules is opening up to fully vaccinated travellers from interstate hotspots, with no requirement to quarantine for 14 days regardless of whether they arrive by air or by road.

But before being allowed to enter Queensland, they must provide a negative COVID-19 laboratory test result received within the previous 72 hours.

To be considered fully vaccinated, they must wait until at least one week after receiving their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

All travellers from hotspots must also get tested for COVID-19 on day five “after their arrival” and will be expected to isolate if they test positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said domestic travellers from hotspots who were not fully vaccinated must only arrive by air and were still required to quarantine for 14 days in a government-nominated facility at their own expense.

They must also meet relevant entry requirements such as being a Queensland resident, or new resident, or to access essential health care.

police stopping trucks and cars at border crossing
Border bubble residents will still need to have a valid pass to move across the Queensland border. (ABC Gold Coast: Tom Forbes)

Are there any rules for unvaccinated domestic arrivals flying in from states or regions that are not hotspots?

There are no restrictions on entry to Queensland provided you have not been in a hotspot in the previous 14 days.

Anyone arriving from a non-hotspot area will still need to complete a Queensland Entry Pass to enter the state.

No COVID-19 test is required prior to, or after, entering from a non-hotspot area.

Will border passes still be needed?

Yes. Regardless of if you enter by air, road, rail or sea you will still need to complete a Queensland Entry Pass prior to coming into the state, including from non-hotspots areas and the border zone.

Queensland Entry Pass is valid for 14 days.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll on Sunday explained the pass system would go live at “various stages”.

“As of 8:30 tonight, there will be the X Pass, and that’s the border zone residents. As of 10pm, an international pass. As of midnight, the G Pass, that one that comes from hot spots.”

All those times are AEST.

What happens to domestic arrivals still in quarantine when the borders are opened?

Queensland’s Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said interstate arrivals could leave home quarantine from that time, as long as they provided a negative COVID-19 test result from a laboratory taken in the previous 72 hours.

“If you’re in home quarantine that was supposed to go beyond 1am on Monday, from anytime Friday go get your test, wait for your negative result — if you have that negative result in your hand come 1am Monday morning, people in home quarantine will be able to leave,” Ms D’Ath said.

What are the updated rules for overseas travellers flying into Queensland?

International arrivals must be fully vaccinated and return a negative COVID test result received no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Unless they are travelling from the South Island of New Zealand on a quarantine-free flight, they will have to go into home or hotel quarantine for 14 days and must take a COVID-19 PCR test on days zero to one and day 12 of home quarantine, or days one, five and 12 if in hotel quarantine.

People arriving from the South Island of New Zealand must not, in the 14 days prior to departing for Queensland, have been to a travel zone country hotspot, including New Zealand’s North Island.

Two triangular cement structures with QLD and NSW engraved, trees and cars in background
Authorities hope relaxed rules will allow for day trips into and out of Queensland.(ABC News: Kimberley Bernard)

What happens when 90 per cent of Queensland residents 16 and older are double dosed?

When Queensland reaches the 90 per cent double dose milestone, which the state government expects to occur by mid-January, quarantine requirements will be dropped for doubled-dosed overseas travellers.

What do the relaxed restrictions mean for border bubble communities?

“You will need a border pass — the border pass will run for 14 days,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“We know that it has been extremely difficult for our border communities and we’re hoping to provide some greater flexibility and freedom of movement for those communities.”

Local government areas incorporated into the border zone include Ballina Shire, Bourke Shire, Brewarrina Shire, Byron Shire, City of Broken Hill, Clarence Valley Council, Glen Innes Severn Shire, Gwydir Shire, Inverell Shire, Kyogle Council, Lismore City, Richmond Valley Council, Tenterfield Shire, Tweed Shire, Walgett Shire and the Unincorporated Far West.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath speaking at a press conference
Yvette D’Ath wants Queenslanders to keep using the check-in app.(ABC News: Michael Lloyd)

Ms D’Ath said the rules for unvaccinated residents living within the border zone would remain the same, meaning they could only travel into Queensland without quarantining for “essential purposes”.

She said the relaxation of restrictions to border bubble communities meant double-dosed Queenslanders would be able to visit areas such as Byron Bay on a day trip or an overnight stay without having to obtain a negative COVID test, as long as they obtain a valid border pass and stay within the bubble.

Will Queenslanders still need to use the Check-in Qld app?


Ms D’Ath said Queensland authorities have noticed a drop-off in the number of people using the check-in app.

“This needs to change,” she said. 

“This is more important than ever, because when there are cases — and there will be cases — they could very well be where you have been, where you work, where you shop, where you’ve gone and had a drink.

“We need to be able to let you know that you have been in contact with someone who’s positive and we can’t do that quickly and easily unless we have your details through the check-in app.

“It’s everybody’s responsibility to make sure that happens.”

When will unvaccinated people be banned from pubs, clubs and other venues?

This will come into effect from December 17.

The ban for the unvaccinated will also include bars, restaurants, cafes and fast-food outlets, all live music venues, karaoke bars, theatres, cinemas, casinos, music festivals, sports stadiums and theme parks.

Visits to people in health care facilities will also be prohibited.

Unvaccinated people will be unable to visit aged care accommodation and hospitals (unless as a patient).

The ban also extends to convention centres, showgrounds, as well as Queensland government-owned galleries, museums and libraries.

Can Queenslanders throw away their masks for good?

Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken said as COVID-19 cases begin to mount in Queensland after the reopening of borders, it’s likely residents will be asked to start wearing masks again.

“As our borders open up, think about if you’re going into crowded places, or if you’re visiting elderly relatives, wear a mask, if you’ve got symptoms come forward and get a test and if you haven’t been vaccinated already, get vaccinated,” Dr Aitken said.

#AceHealthDesk report ………..Published: Dec.13: 2021:

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