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.
- See current weather alerts issued by the Bureau of Meteorology: www.bom.gov.au
- 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
Information current 17 June 2021
Travelling to and around Queensland
Current status in Queensland: COVID-normal
Use these quick links to navigate to the information that you need on this page:
+ Can I come to Queensland? - border entry information for all people travelling to Queensland
+ Current restrictions in Queensland - find out what activities and businesses are operating, with what restrictions
I'm coming from...
(click your state for personalised travel information)
- There is no restriction on Queenslanders travelling throughout Queensland, you can travel for any reason at any time throughout your own state.
- If you are a Queenslander returning home from interstate, you will need to complete a Travel Declaration; and will be required to quarantine for 14 days under the Interstate Exposure Venues Direction if you have been to a declared COVID-19 exposure site during an exposure period. Read more.
Visiting from New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory
(including Queensland residents who've been in these states and territories)
- All visitors from these states and territories can come to Queensland for any reason, at any time - unless they have been in a declared hotspot in the 14 days prior to arriving in Queensland. As at 17 June, Greater Melbourne is a declared hotspot.
- You will need to complete a Travel Declaration or Queensland Border Pass. Information is here.
- Additionally, 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. This applies to the current contact tracing alerts place for people who’ve recently been at various venues in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Read more.
Please check local requirements (linked below) for your return home as other states and territories may have requirements in place for people who've been in Queensland, pending the COVID-19 situation at the time of your travel.
Current status: open
Unrestricted travel between Australia and New Zealand is allowed, without the need for quarantine on either side.
Certain requirements will need to be met by travellers, 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. 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. This applies to the current contact tracing alerts place for people who’ve recently been at various venues in the Melbourne region of Victoria. 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 returning to New Zealand
See below ('arriving from international destinations') for New Zealand travellers arriving on a quarantine flight.
International travellers (including those coming from New Zealand on a quarantine flight) must complete 14 days hotel quarantine, at their own expense. Please see the Smart Traveller website.
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.
Tourism Australia also has some helpful information on planning COVID Safe travel.
'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 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.
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, 29 June 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.
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
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:
- Safe travel at Brisbane Airport
- Statement: New COVID-Safe health guidelines provide added confidence to aviation
- Statement: Aviation sector unites on COVID-Safe travel ahead of easing domestic restrictions
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.
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.
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:
Official references during a crisis:
- The ABC is the nation's largest national broadcaster: www.abc.net.au/local
- Bureau of Meteorology: www.bom.gov.au
- Queensland Government emergency alerts: www.qld.gov.au/emergency | www.qldalert.com
- Queensland Health: health.qld.gov.au and Health Alerts | Facebook: @QLDHealth | Twitter: @qldhealthnews | Instagram:
- Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES): www.qfes.qld.gov.au | Facebook: @QldFireandEmergencyServices | Twitter: @QldFES | Instagram: @qldfire
- Queensland Police Service: www.police.qld.gov.au | Twitter: @QldPolice | Facebook: @QueenslandPolice
- Queensland Government road conditions: www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au | Twitter (various regional accounts)
- RACQ road conditions: www.racq.com.au | @racqOFFICIAL
- Tourism and Events Queensland's travelling safely tips: https://www.queensland.com/en-au/plan-your-trip