Those travelling into Queensland from interstate will no longer be required to obtain a border pass or prove they have tested negative to COVID-19 from 1am on Saturday 15 January, as the state creeps closer to another vaccine milestone.
The state’s premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the changes to border restrictions are possible because nearly 90 per cent of Queensland’s eligible population have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine - a threshold she expects will be crossed next week.
Once that target is hit the Premier anticipates changes to Queensland's international border rules will be made, but Palaszczuk said “we will wait until that is fully declared”.
At that point, restrictions for fully vaccinated international arrivals will lift, but unvaccinated overseas travellers will still be required to do quarantine.
“We need to take this step today,” Palaszczuk said.
“I think every Queenslander wants to thank the men and women, especially our police service, that have done a great job.”
It comes as Queensland today reports 14,914 new cases of COVID-19 and six deaths from the virus, taking the state’s total to 17 deaths since the pandemic began in 2020.
Updated at 11.53am AEDT on 13 January 2022.
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