Restrictions on vaccinated international arrivals ease

Published Wednesday, 19 January, 2022 at 12:28 PM


Premier and Minister for the Olympics
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

Fully vaccinated international arrivals will be able to enter Queensland without quarantine from 1am, Saturday, January 22.

The measure was identified in Queensland’s Vaccine Plan to Reunite Families once the state reached 90% of its eligible population fully vaccinated.

The Premier said providing a date gives businesses and families certainty.

“We are very close to hitting 90%,” the Premier said.

“But the exact time is difficult to predict.

“Providing this date gives businesses and families certainty and time to make their plans.”

Vaccinated international travellers will be required to take a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival.

Unvaccinated travellers will still be required to complete 14 days quarantine in a government-nominated facility.

More than 88.8% of eligible Queenslanders are fully vaccinated.

The state is expected to reach 90% sometime in the coming week

Second-dose rates have slowed in the 18-39 years age group. It is presumed this is because of increasing case numbers in the age group.

Many due for their second vaccinations are presumed to be in isolation as either a positive case or a close contact of a positive case in their households.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said contracting COVID does not affect the time frame for getting a second dose.

“You can get vaccinated as soon as you recover from your COVID symptoms,” the Minister said.