COVID Update December 6: Borders to reopen four days early

Posted: 2pm 06 Dec 2021

Fully vaccinated people will be able to enter Queensland from 1am next Monday, December 13.

Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk says with the state expected to hit 80 percent fully vaccinated targets this week, borders would reopen ahead of the predicted December 17 reopening date.

Ms Palaszczuk says announcing the early reopening would give travellers greater certainty and police and other authorities time to prepare.

“It was expected that we would reach 80 percent fully vaccinated some time this week,” she said.

“We can’t predict exactly when so we want to give families and businesses certainty.”

From 1am on December 13 fully vaccinated people who have returned a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours will be able to arrive in Queensland by road or air and will not have to quarantine.

Those who are not fully vaccinated will only be allowed to arrive by air and will have to hotel quarantine.

Ms Palaszczuk says people will no longer have to wait two weeks after their second vaccination to be considered fully vaccinated.

“The national guidelines say one week and we will follow the guidelines,” she said.

However people arriving from domestic hotspots will be required to have a second COVID test five days after arriving.

People living in border communities will have more freedom, with vaccinated residents able to cross freely – but they will need a border pass, which lasts 14 days.

“We’re hoping to provide some greater flexibility and freedom of movement,” Ms Palaszczuk says.

Stay up to date with local news here.



Sandbag stations open with heavy rain predicted

Bureau of Meteorology issues Flood Watch warning…

Crews preparing for historic race

YOUR RACE GUIDE: Local boats with local crews are preparing to line-up alongside state-of-the-art racing yachts in the 73rd Brisbane to Gladstone (B2G) which starts off Redcliffe on Good Friday.…

More you might like:


Local News   •   25-1-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Overseas travellers’ return a boost for region

The arrival of fully vaccinated international travellers is good news for Moreton Bay Region’s economy, according to one local Chamber of Commerce. Find out why here …

Local News   •   25-1-2022  •   Kylie Knight

Race on for J2J early birds

Early bird registrations close soon for Queensland’s longest running fun run – the Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run.…

Local News   •   24-1-2022  •   Kylie Knight

Treasurer tours Dolphins’ facilities

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has toured the Dolphins’ facilities at Redcliffe today, seeing firsthand how the government’s $8 million in funding has helped shape the newest NRL club’s base.…

Local News   •   21-1-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Club to host its biggest ever Aussie Day event

Families are invited to attend this upcoming fun day, which will feature a sausage sizzle, barefoot bowls and more. Find out where here …

Local News   •   21-1-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Hi-tech mecca for golfers

A new entertainment precinct that features high-tech golf simulators, an 18-hole putt putt course, kitchen and bar has opened in the region. Find out where you can tee off here…

Local News   •   20-1-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Winner encourages others to enter prestigious art competition

Artist BJ Murphy took out the coveted prize on his first entry. Now he is encouraging others to submit their favourite pieces. Find out more here …

Your free local community newspaper, home delivered fortnightly.

Read Latest Edition