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Australia Can I travel now Brisbane's COVID lockdown is over? Many states still have borders in place

06:30  01 april  2021
06:30  01 april  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has declared that "Easter is good to go", lifting Brisbane's lockdown and clearing the way for the long weekend plans of thousands.

But while she has requested that other states and territories stop considering Brisbane a COVID-19 hotspot, most still have border restrictions in place.

Here's what the changes mean for your travel plans or, if you have interstate ambitions, you can jump to the spot that's relevant to you:

  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • South Australia
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Tasmania
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory

Can I leave Brisbane?

Now that the lockdown is lifting, people who have been stuck at home are allowed to leave Brisbane and travel, as long as they abide by the relevant restrictions.

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"People in Brisbane after the lockdown can go anywhere in the state," Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.

But most states and territories still have travel restrictions in place, so if you leave Queensland you could be met with up to 14 days in quarantine on arrival.

Can I visit Brisbane?

If your Easter plans involved visiting Brisbane from elsewhere in Queensland, then yes, you can visit.

Restrictions in Queensland are now uniform, so you have to follow the same rules as you would in any other part of the state.

If you want to visit Brisbane or Queensland from other parts of the country, you'll be allowed into the state, but depending on where you live, you may face restrictions when you return home.

You don't need a border pass to enter Queensland.

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"We're lifting Greater Brisbane as being a hotspot and I'm asking all other leaders across the country to consider doing the same as well," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"But if you are coming to Queensland, you'll have to abide by these restrictions in terms of mask-wearing, just as the same as everybody else."

Here's a state-by-state breakdown of the travel restrictions on Queensland:

  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • South Australia
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Tasmania
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory

New South Wales

Anyone entering NSW who has been in Greater Brisbane in the past 14 days is required to complete a declaration form.

If you're travelling to NSW, there are currently restrictions in place for areas around Byron Bay in the state's far north, after a case of transmission there.

Victoria

Greater Brisbane is classified as a "red zone" by Victoria, which means non-Victorians need an exemption to enter the state if they've been in the city.

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Victorians who are in Brisbane and want to return home can apply for a permit that will allow them to enter the state and self-isolate for two weeks.

The Gladstone region of Queensland, north of Brisbane, and the Byron Shire in northern New South Wales have been designated as orange zones.

That means anyone who has been in those areas since March 26 must get a coronavirus test within 72 hours and isolate until they get a negative result.

South Australia

South Australia's border is effectively closed to people from Greater Brisbane.

Only South Australians, essential workers or people genuinely relocating are allowed to enter the state from the designated area.

Under the hard border, they will need to undergo 14 days of quarantine and be tested for COVID-19 regularly.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT lifted its classification of Greater Brisbane as a "COVID-affected area" in response to the news that the lockdown would be lifted.

It means people can enter the ACT without making a declaration or going into quarantine.

The decision also means people currently in isolation due to earlier restrictions on Brisbane can leave as long as they have returned a negative COVID-19 test result.

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Western Australia

All of Queensland is currently classified as medium risk by the WA government, meaning you can't enter without an exemption.

Anyone granted an exemption will be required to isolate at a "suitable premises" for 14 days, or undergo hotel quarantine.

Tasmania

Anyone entering Tasmania from Greater Brisbane will require an exemption to enter the state.

Essential travellers will be allowed into Tasmania, but will have to quarantine for up to two weeks and submit to a test within the first 72 hours of arrival.

On Monday, people who had arrived in Tasmania from the affected areas since March 20 were asked to self-isolate until returning a negative test.

Northern Territory

The NT has removed Greater Brisbane and Toowoomba from its list of COVID-19 hotspots.

However, it still considers Byron Shire council area on the NSW north coast to be a hotspot.

Anyone entering the NT has to complete a border declaration form.

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