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Things do keep changing with COVID-19 and it is important to keep up to date so that you can stay safe. Here are resources for your state.

Restrictions are constantly changing. For the latest information relating to Queensland please refer to the Queensland Government. This page will link you to the latest announcements and updates.


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Update: Void of Queensland Border Passes

The Queensland border passes granted during the pause of arrivales (Since 12pm 25th August 2021) to QLD resident or people who are relocating to QLD have now been voided. You will need to reapply after 8pm SUnday 5th September 2021. When this border pass is approved and given to you it iwll include the date of approve entre to the state and the beginning date of your hotel quarantine period. These entry dates are alloacted to allow for QLD to manage hotel quarantine and capacity limits better. Do not book your fligths until you receive these dates from the QLD government. If you are directly affected the QLD government will have emailed you directly. 

New Requirements for Queensland Residents and those relocating to Queensland

Queensland residents or those wishing to relocate to Queensland from a declared COVID-19 hotspot are now allowed to enter Queensland if:

  • you arrive by air; and
  • you have been provided with an allocated entry date and designated entry airport to enter Queensland which has been confirmed by a government authority when you received your border pass; and
  • you enter on the allocated date and designated entry airport given; and
  • you obtain and fulfil all requirements stated in your Queensland Border Declaration Pass including evidence of your residency in the approved form.

Apply for your Queensland Entry Pass here.


What’s changed from 4.00 pm AEST 27 August 2021

The recently affected 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland have eased to stage 3 restrictions to join the rest of Queensland with the exception of mask wearing. Mask wearing requirements will continue to apply until 4.00 pm AEST Friday 10 September 2021

Current restrictions for the South East Queensland Local Government Areas and the rest of Queensland include:

  • Up to 100 people in your home, including people who live there
  • Up to 200 people at an indoor wedding ceremony or funeral service or 1 person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater). Indoor wedding ceremonies must have a COVID Safe Checklist in place and collect contact details via the Check-in Qld app. Outdoor ceremonies have no restrictions and do not have to collect contact details.
  • There are no density restrictions for venues that operate only outdoors. All indoor settings can have up to one person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with seated, ticket allocations including stadiums.

South East Queensland's restrictions have eased to stage 3 restrictions to join the rest of Queensland with the exception of mask-wearing. Mask wearing requirements will continue to apply until 4.00 pm AEST Friday 10 September 2021.

Face masks

From 4.00 pm AEST 27 August until 4.00 pm Friday 10 September increased face mask restrictions continue to apply to the11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland. These Local Government Areas are declared impacted areas and include the following Local Government Areas:

  • City of Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Face mask requirements apply in impacted areas.

Masks must also be worn when at stadiums, at an airport, and on a domestic or international flight departing or arriving in Queensland.

Outdoors

You must only wear a face mask outdoors when you are unable to stay 1.5 metres away from people who are not from your household. You must also wear a face mask at public transport waiting areas or taxi ranks and in outdoor workplaces unless:

  • you are alone or with the members of your household
  • you are alone in your car or with the members of your household
  • you are eating or drinking
  • you are participating in strenuous exercise
  • it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Indoors

You must wear a face mask at all times when you are indoors, including workplaces unless:

  • you can stay 1.5 metres away from others (only in your workplace)
  • you are at your residence and there is no one else there except people you live with
  • you are eating or drinking
  • it is unsafe to wear a mask

Schools and childcare: Masks must be worn by teachers and staff (all schools), plus all students in high school regardless of their age.

There are some other exceptions to wearing face masks, including for children under 12 (unless they are in high school) and people with particular medical conditions or disabilities. If in doubt, wear a face mask.

 

Funerals and weddings

Funeral services can have up to 200 people or one person per 2 square metres, or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater) including the person conducting the service.

Wedding ceremonies can have up to 200 people or one person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater) including the celebrant and two witnesses. All wedding guests can dance (indoors and outdoors), subject to the one person per 2 square metres rule.

Businesses and events

Learn about restrictions on businesses and venues in impacted areas. These are the same as the rest of Queensland

Hospitals, aged care and disability services

Learn about restrictions on visitors to hospitalsaged care and disability services

Update: Restricted residential aged care facilities

  • The government is lifting restrictions on visits around visits to hospitals, aged care and disability facilities in the Logan LGA.

What’s changed from 13 September 2021

  • The Local Government Area of Logan City and the area of Brisbane City Council south of the Brisbane River have been removed as restricted areas and now return to the restrictions in place for impacted areas.

Impacted residential aged care facilities

There are extra equirements for residential aged care facilities located in the impacted Local Government Areas of:

  • City of Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

These restrictions include:

  • Visitors
    • Visitors are allowed in impacted areas. Individual facilities may have increased rules in place.
  • Residents
    • Are allowed to leave the facility for any reason.
  • Students
    • Students can only enter a residential aged care facility located in an impacted area for a placement connected to their enrolled course of study if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • Students who have been in an impacted Local Government Area in the last 14 days or since the area was identified (whichever is shorter) cannot enter a residential aged care facility in Queensland for a placement connected to their enrolled course of study, unless they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Check-In Qld app

The Taxi Council of Queensland has welcomed news that taxis, limousines and rideshare operators will be required to use the Queensland Check In app from next Monday 30 August.

 

To help keep Queensland covid safe, hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and cafés can download the Check-In Qld app. For more information and to register go to covid19.qld.gov.au. The app will be mandatory for the hospitality sector from 1 May 2021.

For more information, read Check-In Qld App or visit the Queensland Health website or call 134 COVID (13 42 68).

For more information, see Restrictions for Queensland. This includes frequently asked questions at the bottom of the section


Border

Pause on hotspot arrivals into Queensland

Due to hotel capacity issues, from 12pm (midday) AEST 25 August until 12pm (midday) AEST 8 September, Queensland residents and those intending to relocate to Queensland who have been in a hotspot in the last 14 days or since the identified start date (whichever is shorter) will not be allowed to enter Queensland, without an exemption. Exemptions will only be granted in extreme exceptional circumstances. If you need support, there are services available to you.

Hotspots update

Some parts of New South Wales the ACT and Victoria are declared hotspots.

The New South Wales Border Bubble has been reinstated. The following Local Government Areas are included in the border zone: Ballina Shire, Bourke Shire, Brewarrina Shire, Byron Shire, City of Lismore, Clarence Valley Council, Glen Innes Severn Council, Gwydir Shire, Inverell Shire, Kyogle Council, Moree Plains Shire, Richmond Valley Council, Tenterfield Shire, Tweed Shire, Walgett Shire and Unincorporated Far West.

The previous border restrictions are still in place for anyone who lives in the Local Government Areas of New South Wales not listed above.

NEW: Updated Border Restrictions as of 1am Monday 13th September

New South Wales border zone residents can only cross the border for an essential purpose. Likewise, Queensland residents can only enter the New South Wales border zone for the time necessary to complete an essential purpose.

To enter Queensland you must

  • complete a Queensland entry pass
  • get tested if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms after arriving in Queensland
  • monitor the list of interstate exposure venues daily (at least once every 24 hours) from the time you complete a declaration and for 14 days after arriving in Queensland
  • comply with stay at home and face mask requirements.

When you receive your Queensland entry pass via email, you must read all instructions and be able to access it at all times (either in a printed version or on an electronic device).


Reasons to Cross Border

New South Wales border zone residents can only enter Queensland and for an essential purpose. This is the same for Queensland Residents entering the New South Wales Border Zone:

  • to get food or other essential goods or services for the personal needs of the household or other household purposes, which cannot reasonably be obtained within New South Wales; or
  • to get medical care or supplies or other health care services, including a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination (you cannot enter for a walk-in appointment), which cannot reasonably be obtained within New South Wales; or
  • to comply with an order to attend or to give effect to a court or tribunal in person in the border zone; or
  • to donate blood or blood products at a scheduled appointment at a blood collection centre in Queensland; or
  • to perform essential work that cannot be done from home or provide emergency volunteering; or
  • attend school or childcare – only for children of essential workers or vulnerable children. Essential workers can transport their children to attend face to face schooling or to attend a childcare facility; or
  • provide assistance, care or support to a vulnerable person or family member or visit a terminally ill relative; or
  • fulfil an obligation relating to shared parenting, child contact or contact between siblings; or
  • in an emergency situation; or
  • for safety reasons (to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm, including domestic violence); or
  • as directed by an emergency officer; or
  • to follow an exemption you have been granted by the Chief Health Officer

You must follow face mask requirements while you’re in Queensland.

If you need to stay overnight or longer to complete an essential purpose, you must comply with stay at home requirements until you leave Queensland.

You cannot enter Queensland:

  • to relocate to Queensland unless you meet the requirements as a new Queensland resident
  • to attend a wedding or funeral
  • to exercise
  • for recreational purposes, including:
    • meeting friends or family for a meal out
    • holidays
    • spectating at professional sporting events
    • attending cinemas, theme parks or other tourist experiences.

You must not undertake any of these activities while in Queensland even if you have entered for a permitted purpose.

If you go outside of the New South Wales border zone in New South Wales (or any other COVID-19 hotspot), you will not be able to re-enter Queensland via road and will have to quarantine for 14 days in government arranged accommodation at your own expense when you come home by air.

If you are a Queensland Resident and have gone outside the New South Wales border zone areas you will not be able to re-enter Queensland unless you have an exemption. Exemptions will only be granted in extreme exceptional circumstances.


Vaccine Requirements for Border Zone Residents

Border zone residents can only enter Queensland to perform essential work or provide emergency volunteering if they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Border zone residents can only enter the New South Wales border zone to perform essential work or provide emergency volunteering if they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. A Queensland resident who has not received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and travels into the border zone to perform essential work or provide emergency volunteering will have to:

  • re-enter Queensland by air
  • quarantine in government arranged accommodation at their own expense.

The following types of essential work and emergency volunteering are excluded from the vaccine requirements:

  • work performed by an emergency health services or emergency services worker responding to an emergency in Queensland or the border zone
  • emergency work performed by a national defence, state security or police worker
  • work performed by a freight or logistics operator who is complying with the mandatory COVID-19 testing requirements of the Operational protocol for freight movements entering Queensland
  • work performed by an emergency infrastructure worker
  • work performed by air crew
  • work performed by a disaster management worker related to the prevention or preparation for an imminent disaster or to respond to a disaster
  • emergency volunteering to respond to an emergency or disaster.

 

BORDERS AND MORE INFORMATION Visit covid19.qld.gov.au. More information about borders, hotspots and travel can be found on the Queensland Border Declaration Pass website (www.qld.gov.au/border-pass).

If you have been to a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the start date identified for the hotspot (whichever is shorter) you will not be allowed to enter Queensland, except for a limited range of essential purposes. Queensland residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot can return home by air and new residents can relocate to Queensland.

If you are allowed to enter Queensland, you must:

  • complete 14 days mandatory quarantine. Find out where you will have to quarantine.
  • monitor the list of interstate exposure venues daily (at least once every 24 hours) from the time you complete a declaration and for 14 days after arriving in Queensland. You must tell the venue health manager if you become aware you have been to an interstate exposure venue after you enter government arranged quarantine. If you are directed to quarantine at a private residence you must fill in the contact tracing form on the contact tracing webpage.
  • complete the Queensland entry pass.

There are also some additional rules around entering from a hotspot.

For More Information visit the webpage Travelling to Queensland.

 


More information

Disability and Wearing Face Masks
Special Conditions for not wearing a mask 
Grocery shopping and COVID-19
Getting your medication during the COVID-19 crisis
Telehealth

Need to talk to someone about this?

Call the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787.

The Gateway operates Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm. 


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