Travel Safety Alerts

Due to our unique climate and environment, Queensland can experience extreme weather events and natural disasters and if you are travelling in Queensland it is important to be informed and prepared. By monitoring the official sources of advice and information you can make informed decisions if a weather or other event impacts your holiday plans. While Queenslanders have extensive resources to prepare for natural disasters like cyclones, floods and fires, as a tourist or visitor to Queensland you may not be familiar with how to prepare and what to do if there is an impending disaster.

Current alerts:

  • COVID-19 Public Health Directions are in place in Queensland. Please ensure you read our COVID-19 travel advice (below) carefully and ensure you have everything in place that may be required to enter Queensland.
  • More travel safety information - see bottom of this page.

COVID-19 travel information

*If you are a tourism or events business seeking information, resources and support, please visit this page.

Quick links on this page:

+ Information for travellers

+ Conditions of entry for all visitors entering Queensland

+ Visiting from a declared COVID-19 hotspot in Australia

+ Visiting from all other areas of Australia

+ Visiting from Safe Travel Zones (New Zealand)

+ Arriving from international destinations

+ More details and questions


Information for travellers - current 25 November 2021

  • Queensland has reached 70% double-dose vaccination. Anyone who has been in a domestic hotspot can now travel into Queensland provided they are fully vaccinated, arrive by air, have had a negative COVID-19 test in the previous 72 hours and undertake home quarantine for 14 days. See details here.
  • Border passes are now available for eligible domestic travellers to enter Queensland. See details here.

  • 'COVID normal' Stage 3 restrictions currently apply throughout Queensland. See details here.

  • Eligibility and requirements for travelling to Queensland. See details here.

  • The Queensland Government has announced a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan outlining planned dates for the re-opening of travel from interstate hotspots and international destinations. See details here.

Conditions of entry for all visitors entering Queensland

  • All arrivals – Regardless of where you come from, must complete relevant entry declaration and abide by the public health directions in place at the time. Get tested if you have any symptoms and isolate until you receive your results. 

  • Negative COVID-19 test – A COVID-19 test approved by the TGA. 

  • Cross-border communities – Special arrangements may be put in place for crossborder communities. 

  • Eligible Queensland and population – For the purposes of vaccination coverage, the eligible Queensland population is people aged 16 and older in accordance with the Commonwealth Government’s definition. 

  • Quarantine periods – Quarantine periods will be determined once Australian Health Protection Principal Committee advice has been received and considered. This period may be up to 14 days. 

  • Fully vaccinated – Two weeks since your second dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. People who cannot be vaccinated—for example those who are not eligible due to age or have an exemption from a qualified medical practitioner—will be treated as vaccinated for the purposes of entry and quarantine requirements. 

  • Exclusion zones – Should the Chief Health Officer determine the risk posed by arrivals from an area overseas or interstate is extreme and cannot be managed within this Border Plan, additional entry and quarantine requirements may be imposed for that specific area. 

  • Home quarantine – If you cannot meet the Queensland Health home quarantine criteria, you will be required to undertake an equivalent period of quarantine in a government-nominated facility. Home quarantine undertaken in another state or territory must have been undertaken in accordance with an order issued by that state or territory. Self-imposed home quarantine will not meet the requirements for home quarantine under this plan. 


Visiting from a declared COVID-19 hotspot in Australia

If you have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days you may travel to Queensland provided you: 
  • are fully vaccinated 
  • arrive by air only 
  • have a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival into Queensland 
  • undertake 14 days home quarantine subject to conditions set by Queensland Health. 
Otherwise, you will need to meet the relevant requirements for entry and will be required to undertake 14 days quarantine in a government-nominated facility.  


Visiting from all other areas in Australia 

Provided you have not been in a hotspot in the last 14 days: 
  • No restrictions on entry to Queensland. 
  • No quarantine required. 
  • Standard conditions of entry for all visitors still apply.


Visiting from Safe Travel Zones (New Zealand) 

Current status: the Queensland Government has declared the South Island of New Zealand as a 'Safe Travel Zone'

Certain requirements will need to be met by travellers to Queensland, including:

  • Having only been in a safe travel zone country (i.e. New Zealand or Australia) prior to arrival in Queensland;
  • Travel from the safe travel zone country (i.e. South Island of New Zealand) on a quarantine-free flight;
  • Anyone arriving/or currently in Queensland who has been to a declared COVID-19 exposure site during an exposure period is automatically required to quarantine for 14 days under the Interstate Exposure Venues Direction. Read more.
  • You must complete a Queensland Travel Declaration, as well as the required Australian Government paperwork.

More information on travel between Australia and New Zealand:

Australian Government - arriving to and departing Australia 

Queensland Government - travelling to Queensland

New Zealand Government - departing and arriving to New Zealand


Arriving from international destinations 

If you are arriving on a direct international flight into Queensland you will be required to undertake 14 days quarantine in a government-nominated facility. 

These arrivals will be subject to Queensland’s international air arrivals cap. 

Safe travel zone arrangements will continue to be quarantine-free.


More details and questions

Read the current Border Restrictions Direction which contains the full details of who can/cannot cross the border and how. There is also a significant bank of questions and answers on that page which should help cover most questions about crossing the border.

Please see the Smart Traveller website and Queensland Government website for advice for international arrivals.

Tourism Australia also has some helpful information on planning COVID Safe travel.


COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN QUEENSLAND:

'COVID-normal' in Queensland allows for:

  • Events can be staged in compliance with Approved COVID Safe Checklists or Plans.
  • Tourism experiences, accommodation, dining in restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered or licensed clubs, RSL Clubs, food courts and hotels, nightclubs, beauty therapies and casinos can all operate with required COVID Safe documentation in place. More information here.
  • Weddings (including dancing) and funerals. More information here.
  • Patrons at hospitality and tourism businesses need to provide their contact details for the purposes of contact tracing.
  • Check the status of National Parks areas here.
  • Masks are mandatory in South East Queensland, when at airports and while travelling on a commercial domestic flight. It is recommended that you carry a mask with you at all times, and wear it if you are in a situation where you can't social distance.

See Queensland's restrictions roadmap.

On 29 January 2020, under the Public Health Act 2005, Queensland's Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services made an order declaring a public health emergency in relation to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The public health emergency area specified in the order is for ‘all of Queensland’. Its duration has been extended by regulation to 11:59pm, 26 December 2021 and may be further extended. The Public Health Regulation extends all active Public Health Directions issued by the state’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young. For further information, please visit the Australian Government and Queensland Health websites.


COVID SAFE TRAVEL

How will I know if the businesses I'm staying at/travelling with/touring with are operating safely?

  • Social distancing of 1.5m between people is a shared responsibility between businesses and customers (people from the same household do not need to observe 1.5m distancing from each other, but should keep 1.5m distance from other people/groups of people). Some tourism operations, events and other businesses are able to seat patrons directly next to each other, pending their COVID Safe Industry Plan. Businesses who are operating beyond the baseline restrictions outlined in Queensland's roadmap to easing restrictions must be operating in compliance with an approved Industry Plan. These are generally ticketed venues or experiences. If you have concerns you can ask the business operator or event organiser for further information.
  • All businesses in Queensland are required to have a Work Health and Safety (WHS) Plan in place which addresses COVID-19 safety. You can request to see a copy of this plan if you would like to.
  • Businesses at 'high-risk' of transmission (such as restaurants, cafes and beauty therapists) must either comply with a COVID-19 Checklist or the approved Industry Plan, and they must display the checklist or compliance declaration.
  • Businesses who are operating beyond the baseline restrictions outlined in Queensland's roadmap to easing restrictions must be operating in compliance with an approved Industry Plan.
  • Businesses must collect your contact details for contact tracing purposes. These must be securely stored and not used for any other purpose.

Businesses may also choose to opt into the COVID-Clean business module based on the National Quality Tourism Framework, as well as the COVID-Ready program being delivered by the Australian Tourism Export Council. Once businesses have completed the module they may display the COVID-Clean and/or COVID-Ready logos.

In order to display TEQ's 'Good to Go' stamp, businesses must have the required COVID Safe documentation in place. You can view more about the COVID Safety requirements of businesses here.


Domestic air travel

You must wear a mask at all Australian airports and while on commercial domestic flights.

If you’ve been wondering about physical distancing on planes, the Australian aviation industry has developed a Domestic Passenger Journey Protocol to provide clear and consistent guidance regarding risk-minimisation principles and processes in domestic airports and on aircraft for domestic passenger travel. This Protocol will provide guidance for industry members and confidence to the travelling public as domestic air travel increases with the reduction in COVID-19 related restrictions on travel.

For further information about the protocol, please visit the COVID-Safe Domestic Flying – Domestic Passenger Journey Protocol webpage or visit the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.

If you have any concerns about airlines adhering to this protocol, it is recommended that you speak directly with the relevant airline and/or airport.

Other information on air travel:


How to stop yourself catching and spreading germs while travelling

(Advice courtesy Queensland Health)

Everyone can help to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested.
  • Consider getting the flu shot.
  • Make hygiene your number one priority when travelling.
  • Practice social distancing - stay 1.5m away from other people (people from household groups don't need to distance from each other).
  • Come back later if it's busy in the shop/restaurant/place you are visiting.
  • Good hand hygiene - wash hands regularly with soap and water and use alcohol-based sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Pack tissues, hand sanitiser and disinfecting wipes with you to use while out and about.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • If flying, go contactless wherever you can by booking and checking-in online.
  • Provide your contact details at venues.
  • Download the COVIDSafe app.
  • General safe travel trips - slip, slop, slap, seek and slide; eat a well-balanced diet; stay hydrated; plan stops on road trips.

Here's some more tips on keeping Queensland COVID Safe.


CANCELLED TRAVEL OR EVENT

All Queensland tourism operators and events are subject to possible closures, change in date or cancellation. Please visit the operator or event's official website or contact them directly for the latest information. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website provides advice on consumer rights relating to travel and event cancellations as a result of COVID-19.


General travel safety information

Being prepared when travelling

Due to our unique climate and environment, Queensland can experience extreme weather events and natural disasters and if you are travelling in Queensland it is important to be informed and prepared. 

Residents across Queensland are provided with extensive resources to prepare for natural disasters like cyclones, floods and fires. As a tourist or visitor to Queensland, you may not be familiar with how to prepare and what to do if there is an impending disaster. You can consult the Queensland Government's 'Get Ready' resources to help understand how to prepare while travelling

Planning an Outback Queensland getaway? Check your route before you go via the free QLDTraffic app or at qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

Tourism Australia’s website also has information about safe travel in Australia, including any current travel warnings or advice.


What to do when visiting Queensland and a natural disaster strikes

The Queensland Government has produced this valuable resource to help visitors when affected by a natural disaster:

What top do when visiting Queensland and natural disaster strikes new   


Official references during a crisis:


Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so, with social distancing observed. This includes the use of cabins within caravan parks.

Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so, with social distancing observed. This includes the use of cabins within caravan parks.