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:

  • Travellers are encouraged to regularly check for weather warnings and follow official advice. See current Queensland warnings here.
  • 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 (last updated 19 January 2022)

We check in on this page daily, and make updates whenever there's a change or new info to link you to.

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

QUICK LINKS:

+ Domestic visitors

+ International visitors

+ Once you're in Queensland

+ Domestic air travel

+ How to stop yourself catching and spreading germs while travelling

+ Cancelled travel or event


Domestic Visitors to Queensland

There are no restrictions on visitors from all around Australia entering Queensland. All Queensland border restrictions were removed from 1:00am AEST Saturday, 15 January 2022. All interstate travellers and returning Queensland residents can cross the border without an entry declaration or border pass, no need to complete any COVID-19 test and no need to provide proof of vaccination status.

Once in Queensland, you will need to follow local restrictions - please see below for more details.



International Visitors to Queensland

Currently Australia's border is open to some fully vaccinated international travellers:

  • Fully vaccinated visitors from Safe Travel Zone countries - this currently includes New Zealand, Singapore, Japan and South Korea
  • Fully vaccinated Working Holiday Makers and Students from eligible international locations travelling on relevant Visas
  • Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents and their immediate families - travelling to Australia from anywhere around the world

International travellers who intend to visit Queensland must first meet the Australian Government's requirements to enter Australia. Information is here.

From 1:00am AEST Saturday, 22 January 2022 there will be no restriction on fully vaccinated international visitors arriving into Queensland. There will be no requirement to complete quarantine. A COVID-19 test must be taken within 24 hours of arriving into Queensland (a Rapid Antigen Test is acceptable).

Once in Queensland, you will need to follow local restrictions - please see below for more details.


Restrictions remain in place for unvaccinated international travellers:

  • If you don't meet the Australian Government requirements for entering Australia, please monitor the Department of Home Affairs website for future announcements welcoming additional international visitors to Australia.
  • If you receive an Australian Government exemption to enter Australia and you are unvaccinated, you may be required to quarantine on entry to Queensland. More information here.


Once in Queensland

All visitors and locals in Queensland must follow local restrictions which currently include:

  • Mask wearing
  • Use of the Check In Qld app
  • Proof of vaccination to visit various venues
  • Social distancing, hand hygiene and general safe health practices
  • Getting tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms and isolating where required

You can expect Queensland's tourism industry to be operational when you visit. Current business restrictions in Queensland allow for:

  • Events of all sizes can be staged, both indoors and outdoors.
  • 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 - most only for vaccinated patrons.
  • Weddings (including dancing) and funerals can be staged.
  • Patrons at hospitality and tourism businesses need to provide their contact details for the purposes of contact tracing. 
  • 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 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. 
If you plan to travel to other parts of Australia after visiting Queensland, you will need to check entry requirements of the other states and territories as there may be requirements for people who've been in Queensland.


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:

  • Be fully vaccinated against 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.


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.