From 1am tomorrow, Saturday 12 December, Queensland's border will reopen to New Zealand, reuniting families in time for Christmas.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement this morning on Nine's Today show, and said the decision was made following health advice.
"Visitors coming in from New Zealand from 1am tomorrow are welcome into Queensland ... and we are hoping that eventually New Zealand will not have to do that hotel quarantine upon return, and then there would be free-flowing movement between the two," she said.
"[Chief Health Officer] Dr Young advised me yesterday that she was more than happy to allow New Zealanders to come into Queensland," she told the Today show.
"It is a wonderful time of year to allow that to happen as well. All the stars are aligned at the moment."
The announcement comes a day after the state announced further easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Because Queensland has gone 86 days without community transmission dancing indoors will be allowed at Queensland pubs, clubs, nightclubs and other venues from 12 noon on Monday 14 December.
Three new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Queensland yesterday, all returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
Updated at 9.37am AEDT on 11 December 2020.
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