Australia’s Queensland state to open to vaccinated travellers without quarantine | Travel

Australia’s Queensland state introduced plans Monday to open up to vaccinated travellers, ending the standing it has loved all through the pandemic of remaining just about freed from Covid-19.

Queensland and Western Australia have been among the many states most profitable in holding Covid-19 out, and so they additionally had been among the many most reluctant to loosen up their strict border controls after the extremely contagious delta variant took maintain in New South Wales state in June and unfold by Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

Queensland authorities warned an infection charges would rise and stay excessive for months.

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“For almost 600 days for nearly two years we have kept the virus out of Queensland,” Treasurer Cameron Dick mentioned.

“Those days will quickly come to an finish. This would be the finish of the zero Covid for Queensland.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said fully vaccinated travellers would be allowed into the state without quarantining when 80 per cent of the state’s population aged 16 and older was vaccinated. That benchmark is expected to be achieved by Dec. 17.

Travellers would also need to test negative to Covid-19 within three days before entering the state.

Vaccinated travellers will be allowed into Queensland when 70 per cent of the target population is vaccinated, a target expected to be reached by Nov. 19, but will face restrictions including 14 days of quarantine on arrival.

“I think Queenslanders will acknowledge that that is a sensible and cautious approach to ensure that families can be reunited but the people coming into Queensland will have to be fully vaccinated,” Palaszczuk said. “The faster we are vaccinated, the faster these deadlines will be achieved.” 

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