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 Alert 25 January 2021: NZ travellers. Travellers who've arrived from New Zealand since 14 January 2021, including on 'green flights', should get a COVID-19 test and quarantine until receiving a negative result. The Green Zone travel bubble between NZ and Australia has been temporarily suspended for 72 hours.
- Other COVID-19 travel requirements: 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 information - see bottom of this page.
COVID-19 travel information
Information current 25 January 2021
*If you are a tourism or events business seeking information, resources and support, please visit this page.
Travelling to Queensland
Use these quick links to navigate to the information that you need on this page:
+ Current status in Queensland - find out what activities and businesses are operating, with what restrictions
+ Crossing Queensland's border - information for all people travelling to Queensland
+ Information for specific travellers - backpackers, visa holders and international students
In relation to travel, the current restrictions allow:
- Queenslanders can travel within Queensland.
- Queensland's borders are open to interstate travellers (as long as they have not been in declared hotspots in the 14 days prior to arriving in Queensland) and travellers from New Zealand.
- Australia's borders otherwise remain closed. Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. Inbound Australian travellers should check the latest updates and travel safety information on the Smart Traveller website. All international arrivals into Australia (other than from New Zealand) will be subject to mandatory quarantine for 14 days, and this is at the traveller's own expense when arriving in Queensland. Australians are banned from travelling overseas.
- Events can be staged in compliance with Approved COVID Safe 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 of up to 200 people (all can dance) and funerals up to 200 people. 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.
Queensland's borders are open to both interstate travellers and travellers from New Zealand:
- Visitors from New South Wales (including Queensland residents) - Greater Sydney is a declared hotspot and people who have been in this area in the 14 days prior to arriving in Queensland will not be allowed entry. Queensland residents who have been in the hotspot areas will need to complete 14 days hotel quarantine at their own expense on return. Visitors (and returning Queenslanders) from other parts of New South Wales must complete a border declaration before arrival into Queensland. Check details and any other requirements in Queensland's Border Direction before travelling as requirements can change quickly. There is also information here.
- Other interstate travellers or Queensland residents coming from other states (who have not been in a declared hotspot area in the 14 days prior to arriving in Queensland) can come to Queensland for any reason and do not require a border pass for entry. Check details and any other requirements in Queensland's Border Direction before travelling as requirements can change quickly.
- New Zealand travellers can come to Queensland for any purpose on a quarantine-free flight without needing to quarantine on arrival in Queensland, but are still required by the New Zealand Government to quarantine on return to New Zealand. New Zealand travellers will need to apply online for a free Australia Travel Declaration from the Department of Home Affairs, at least 72 hours prior to departure. **Public Health Alert 25 January 2021: NZ travellers** Travellers who've arrived from New Zealand since 14 January 2021, including on 'green flights', should get a COVID-19 test and quarantine until receiving a negative result. The Green Zone travel bubble between NZ and Australia has been temporarily suspended for 72 hours.
- All other 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.
Travelling from Queensland to other states and territories
When departing Queensland to another state or territory you should check the relevant State Government border restrictions that may be in place for the state you are travelling to. Tourism Australia's travel status map may help link you to the official information.
Seeking seasonal and farm work in Queensland:
The newly launched Pick Queensland website helps you navigate the opportunities for seasonal work in Queensland and links you to Government information on visas, your rights, health and travel information and more.
Information specific to backpackers, working holiday makers and those on a visa:
- Information on visa extensions, working while on a visa and leaving/or staying in Australia can be found on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.
- If you’re looking for harvest work, it’s really important that you don’t just show up to a farm. See the information on the website linked above, or you can also phone the National Harvest Labour Information Service on 1800 062 332.
- People in Queensland who require health advice or information should call 13 HEALTH (13 432 584) or visit the Queensland Health website.
- If you need translated resources to help you understand your obligations, head to Queensland Health.
Further information for seasonal workers, including temporary visa holders, is available here.
Support for international students:
Study Queensland has launched the online Queensland Student Hub so international students have free counselling and a central point of contact for study, visa, accommodation and other critical resources during COVID-19. The Hub complements the initiatives of education institutions and charities. Any student aged 18 or over can access the Hub by visiting www.studyqueensland.qld.gov.au.
How will I know if the businesses I'm staying at/travelling with/touring with are operating safely?
- All businesses must adhere to social distancing requirements. The 1.5m distancing 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 must 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