Start packing your bags, today Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Queensland borders will be partially opening to other states on Friday 10 July. Residents from Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales, and Queenslanders returning home, will be able to enter the state without a quarantine period.
Visitors will have to fill out a border declaration to ensure that no one enterring Queensland has travelled to Victoria in the past 14 days, the one state to which Queensland borders are still closed. Hefty fines will apply to anyone who falsifies a declaration and tries to avoid the mandatory hotel quarantine that anyone travelling from Victoria will need to undertake.
Of course, while Queensland will be welcoming visitors, not every state has decided that they'll be doing the same, so don't rush to book that holiday just yet. Currently, we can head for New South Wales, which has no border restrictions, while Northern Territory have also stated that they will open their borders to visitors on 17 July. Announcements from other states are still to come, but for now, states like WA, SA and Tasmania still have a mandatory quarantine period if you decide to visit. And of course, trips to Victoria are firmly off the table.
Whether the other state borders open sooner or later, there’s one fact that we can all agree on—with sunshine-filled winter days and some of Australia’s most beautiful destinations within our borders, there’s honestly no better state to be in right now.
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