Australia Why can some Australians fly overseas but not drive to Queensland?
Queensland announces opening state to new 'Green Zones'
Queensland's Chief Health Officer has announced the state will accept travellers from New Zealand's South Island, under new 'green zones' policyQueensland's Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young 'made the announcement this morning, saying that families separated by the international border could be reunited.
In just a few days, many Australians living in New South Wales or Victoria will be able to fly to London or Los Angeles — but not drive across the Queensland border.
It'll be the first time since March last year that people have been able to leave the country without seeking an exemption from the federal government.
Thousands wait for Queensland border pass as lucky few enter as part of home quarantine trial
Jane Caswell is grateful to be chosen for a home quarantine trial in Queensland, with the latest data revealing about 13,000 people are still waiting to have their border pass applications processed.Ms Caswell was among those waiting for a place in hotel quarantine after applying to relocate to Queensland when she received a call inviting her to take part in the state's home quarantine trial.
Quarantine requirements on return to Australia are up to the states.
Under Queensland's COVID-19 vaccination plan, 14 days' quarantine is still required for international arrivals — whether in a government facility or at home — until 90 per cent of the population over 16 is fully vaccinated.
From that time, there will be no restrictions on entry to Queensland and no quarantine required for fully vaccinated travellers.
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to meet "relevant requirements for entry" and be required to undertake a period of quarantine.
Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) chief executive officer Daniel Gschwind said the opening of interstate borders was a more pressing matter.
"We now have a deadline and a timeline for that and we're very pleased about that, but as a state we need to be part of a national conversation as well — about how and at what pace the international borders will open — we're one country after all," he said.
Queensland universities welcome return of international students under COVID-19 quarantine plan
The state government is urged to ensure Queensland universities don't lose students to other states, as the sector prepares for the return of international students from early next year.Queensland University of Technology (QUT) vice-chancellor Margaret Sheil said the impact of this decision would flow on to the many industries that depended on the sector.
"We can accept that Queensland may open international borders a little later that NSW and Victoria because our vaccination rates have to catch up.
"But I think we should commit to the same threshold as the other states — that is 80 per cent vaccination rates — and then we can move towards quarantine-free arrival for international guests if they're doubly vaccinated and if they're tested."
Does that mean international tourists will be back in a couple of months?
The tourism industry certainly hopes so.
As Australians start travelling overseas again, it will be looking for an influx of overseas travellers to "balance the books," Mr Gschwind said.
"As an industry we're confident we can attract international visitors, but we have to make sure the regulatory constraints and border restrictions allow us to do that," he said.
The federal government expects fully vaccinated foreign travellers will be allowed to enter Australia by the end of the year under a staged reopening of the border.
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Australians who are planning to either travel during the next year or spend more money are a minority group. Anxiety still persists despite the end of crippling lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne.For now, there are some signs of recovery but that may not last with only a minority of consumers either planning to travel during the coming year or spend more money on things like white goods or cars.
Why will international students need to quarantine?
The Queensland government has.
They will undergo quarantine at the Wellcamp facility being built outside Toowoomba.
The state government said quarantine for those students would continue to be necessary because students would not be coming into situations where they would be able to home quarantine, and there could be potential future variants that would pose a problem.
Changes to those arrangements might be contemplated once the state has hit the 90 per cent double-dose vaccination mark.
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