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Latest Update for Travellers

Latest Update for Travellers

16th March 2022

From 11:59pm 12 April 2022, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can enter New Zealand without self-isolation or entering managed isolation and quarantine.

Health requirements

To enter New Zealand, you must meet some health requirements, including:

22nd January 2022

International Travel

From 1am AEST Saturday 22 January, fully vaccinated international arrivals to Queensland are not required to quarantine if:

  • they have undertaken a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of their arrival in Queensland, and
  • they isolate at their residence, accommodation or boat until they receive a negative result.

Those who test positive should follow First steps if you have COVID-19.

An international arrival who undertook a COVID-19 test in another State or Territory within 24 hours of arrival in Australia and received a negative test result, does not have to undertake a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in Queensland.

A fully vaccinated international arrival must not use public transport to travel to their residence, accommodation or boat. They must travel directly by private vehicle, hire car, taxi, endorsed transport provider or ride share.

Unvaccinated international travellers entering Queensland must enter via Brisbane International Airport.

Read more here

15 January 2022

Interstate Travel

From 1am AEST Saturday 15 January 2022, domestic border restrictions for people entering from interstate are no longer in place.

You can enter Queensland from elsewhere in Australia without restrictions.

While you are in Queensland, you must:

17 November 2021

Queensland has reached 70% double-dose vaccination. Eligible domestic travellers may now enter Queensland from a hotspot and quarantine at home. Find out more here.

Hotspots Update

From 6pm AEST Tuesday 16 November 2021, Greater Katherine and Robinson River (including surrounding homelands) are declared COVID-19 Hotspots.

The ACT, the Jervis Bay Territory, New South Wales and Victoria continue to be declared hotspots.

Find out more about travelling to Queensland here.

New Zealand Update

From 20 October 2021, the South Island of New Zealand is a Queensland safe travel zone country.

However, travel remains restricted from:

For more information see the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction.

23 June 2021

From 1am tomorrow, Thursday 24 June, the following Local Government Areas of Sydney will be declared hotspots:

  • City of Sydney
  • Woollahra
  • Bayside
  • Canada Bay
  • Inner West
  • Randwick

The LGA of Waverley remains a declared hotspot.

Anyone entering Queensland who has been in any of these areas within the past 14 days must go into hotel quarantine. Non-Queensland residents will need an exemption to enter Queensland.

All travellers to Queensland must complete a Queensland Travel Declaration before entering the state:

22 June 2021

From 1am Friday 25 June, Greater Melbourne will no longer be declared a hotspot.

Travellers from Victoria must complete a Queensland Travel Declaration but will not be required to hotel quarantine.

The Local Government Area of Waverley in New South Wales remains a hotspot.

17 June 2021

Anyone travelling to Queensland from 1am on Saturday, 19 June must complete a Queensland Travel Declaration before entering the state.

New cases of COVID-19 are emerging in New South Wales and Victoria, and this step is a sensible measure to keep Queenslanders safe.

Residents of border communities will be exempt. In line with other jurisdictions, we will maintain restrictions on travel from Greater Melbourne for another 7 days, and we strongly advise those planning travel to Greater Sydney to reconsider.


8 April 2021

New Zealand will allow Australian travellers to enter the country without mandatory hotel quarantine from April 19.

When will the New Zealand travel bubble start?

Australians will be allowed to travel across the ditch quarantine-free from Monday, April 19.

No exemption is required for Australians travelling to NZ.

Anyone flying to and from NZ will go through a "green zone" in airports and will be kept separate from other people flying in from around the world.

Where can I travel to?

The bubble means Australians can fly to anywhere in New Zealand, as long as there are flights operating.

What happens if there's a COVID case?

If a case is detected there a three responses: continue, pause or suspend the bubble.

Continue: If there was a case linked to a quarantine or border worker who was contained quickly, it would be likely that the bubble would continue.

Pause: A pause might be put in place if there was a localised outbreak that led to a short lockdown.

Suspend: If there are a number of community cases with an unknown source then the NZ government will suspend the bubble temporarily.

Once the bubble is in place, travellers coming to NZ from an outbreak or previous outbreak area may be asked to do one of these things, depending on the risk:

  1. monitor symptoms
  2. take a test before they leave
  3. isolate on arrival
  4. go into managed isolation for 14 days, but only in "some situations"

If a flight back from Australia did need to go into managed isolation people on board wouldn't be charged.

A decision is yet to be made as to whether or not people flying from Queensland would need to get a test before they boarded their flights.

Do you have to have a COVID vaccine?

No, you don't have to have one to travel to New Zealand or to come back to Australia.

Is the bubble open to everyone?

Yes, everyone who is eligible to live in Australia and New Zealand can travel in the bubble.

Smart Traveller says as long as you've been in either country for 14 days before departure and meet the usual (pre-pandemic) border entry requirements, you're eligible to travel.

But just note that if you're a permanent resident of Australia, not a citizen, you'll need to apply for a NZeTa visa.

The Australian Department of Home Affairs is advising that anyone who's travelled to New Zealand within the bubble is automatically exempt from Australia's COVID-19 travel restrictions.

On the way back from New Zealand, everyone will need to fill out an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before their departure, regardless of if you're a citizen or visa holder.

Can I fly to NZ and then on to another country?

The trans-Tasman travel bubble isn't an opportunity to avoid Australia's international travel restrictions.

If you're planning to travel to New Zealand and then on to another country, you'll no longer be travelling under the travel bubble.

In that case you'd need to successfully apply for a travel exemption to allow you to leave Australia.

Article courtesy of ABC News.

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