Queensland will hit a major vaccine milestone TODAY: Here’s everything you need to know about getting into the Sunshine State
- Queensland finally set to achieve 70 per cent fully vaccinated rate by Sunday
- Once its surpassed borders will be open, which will be welcome news for many
- Must be fully jabbed and produce a Covid negative test 72 hours before arriving
- Also required to complete 14 days home quarantine & prove border pass details
Queensland is set to achieve a major vaccine milestone on Sunday with the state edging towards being 70 per cent fully vaccinated.
On Saturday afternoon, 69.39 per cent of residents in the Sunshine State are double jabbed.
Once the milestone is surpassed residents from Covid hotspots interstate will be able to fly into Queensland as long as they are fully vaccinated and can prove they have had a negative Covid test 72 hours before arriving.
They will also then need to complete 14 days of home quarantine.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the border pass system will go live no later than 24 hours after the 70 per cent target is reached.
Queensland is set to achieve a major vaccine milestone on Sunday, with the state edging towards being 70 per cent fully vaccinated (pictured, nurses preparing Covid jabs at a clinic in Brisbane)
Providing they meet the outlined criteria, interstate guests will be permitted to fly into Queensland once the state achieves a milestone of 70 per full vaccination (pictured, a couple at Brisbane Airport)
She added it was mandatory individuals meet the outlined criteria.
‘When we hit that 70 per cent mark, at that stage people can start booking their flights, going off and getting their test and waiting for their negative results,’ she told reporters on Saturday.
‘Once they have all that information – they’ve got their vaccination status, their negative tests and their flights – they can go on to the border pass system and they can put that (details) in.’
The health minister also issued a stern warning for people looking to potentially cheat the system.
‘If you think you can get a border pass and get on a plane and get off the other end and not be caught … you will be found out,’ she said.
Rapid antigen tests will not be accepted as they are not deemed as accurate compared to PCR tests.
Driving into Queensland from interstate won’t be permitted until after the state reaches the 80 per cent fully vaccinated milestone.
That is expected to occur no later than December 17.
Once 90 per cent of eligible Queenslanders are vaccinated, quarantine will also be scrapped for fully jabbed international travellers who test negative to Covid.
Once 90 per cent of eligible Queenslanders are vaccinated, quarantine will also be scrapped for fully jabbed international travellers who test negative to Covid (pictured, a man getting his Covid jab last month in Brisbane at a pop up clinic
Rules for visiting Queensland
With 70 per cent of Queensland fully-vaxxed (tipped to be by Sunday):
– Interstate visitors only allowed
– You must have received a negative test within three days of your flight
– You must be fully vaccinated and have had your second Covid-19 vaccination at least 14 days before your flight
– You cannot cross the Queensland border by road
– You must undergo 14 day ‘home’ quarantine in a dwelling with ‘fresh air to the front door’. Accommodation where you reach your door through shared corridors and lifts is not acceptable
– Your transport to home quarantine must be in an approved vehicle
– You must undergo Covid testing while in quarantine
With 80% of Queensland vaxxed (December 17 or sooner):
– Same as above but:
– You can arrive by road
– Quarantine not required
With 90% of Queensland vaccinated (likely to be early 2022):
– International travellers can enter
– Most restrictions ended
* Unvaccinated travellers must undergo 14 day quarantine at government approved facility until further notice.