Top News Queensland to reopen borders earlier than planned By TTG Asia / Posted on 7 December, 2021 15:34 With Queensland fast approaching 80 per cent of residents being fully vaccinated, the Australian state has decided to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated interstate travellers from Covid-19 hotspots from December 13 at 1.00 – four days ahead of initial schedule. Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told local media that “nominating a time and date provides travellers and business with certainty to make their plans”. Queensland state eases border restrictions as vaccination rates soar; Port Douglas, Queensland pictured Fully vaccinated interstate travellers can arrive by road or air, and must provide a negative Covid test in the previous 72 hours. They will not need to serve quarantine. Fully vaccinated International arrivals must provide a negative Covid test within 72 hours of departure for Queensland, and fulfil a test on arrival. These travellers are required to serve a 14-day home or hotel quarantine. Travellers no longer have to wait two weeks to be considered fully vaccinated; one is enough. However, all travellers from hotspots must get a test on day 5 after their arrival. Vaccinated border zone residents will also be allowed to move freely across the border without the need for a PCR test. Unvaccinated residents will continue to face travel restrictions. “We will live with Covid – but on our terms,” Palaszczuk said. Only fully vaccinated people will be permitted to enter pubs, clubs, cinemas, festivals and theme parks in Queensland from December 17.