Queensland eases border restrictions for international travellers from 22 Jan

By Charlotte Turner |

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that fully vaccinated international travellers can enter Queensland without quarantine from 1am on Saturday 22 January with a rapid antigen test required within the first 24 hours.

 

According to Palaszczuk who made the announcement during a press conference this morning (AEST), Queensland is close to the 90% double dosed milestone, with 88.8% of the eligible population fully vaccinated.

 

“Setting a date for this change gives businesses and families certainty and time to make plans,” said Palaszczuk. “Unvaccinated international arrivals will be required to undertake 14 days quarantine in a government-nominated facility.”

 

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has welcomed the announcement by the Queensland Government.

 

‘ONE STEP CLOSER TO REUNITING WITH THE WORLD’

“This is an incredibly exciting day for everyone at Brisbane Airport, our airlines and everyone associated with international aviation and visitation,” said BAC CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff.

"Most importantly, there will be many families who will be greatly relieved that they can now reunite in Queensland as and when they need. We think the visiting friends and family sector will be the first to jump at this chance and hop on a plane to Queensland."

“Most importantly, there will be many families who will be greatly relieved that they can now reunite in Queensland as and when they need,” said BAC CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff. 

“It takes us one step closer to re-uniting with the world. Our team at Brisbane Airport is more than ready for Saturday morning. They have kept the lights on throughout the pandemic and have done a phenomenal job in adapting to the ever-changing requirements over the past two years.

 

“Rebuilding international travel into and out of Brisbane Airport will take many months, as we will need destinations for Australians and inbound market nations to reopen. We are not expecting to return to 2019 route and passenger levels until 2024.

 

“In the coming months, we hope to see some uptick in some passenger sectors coming into Queensland, especially with the return of international students for the commencement of university term. The State’s agricultural harvest is also under way and needing workers.

 

GREAT RELIEF FOR FAMILIES, SAYS BNE

“Most importantly, there will be many families who will be greatly relieved that they can now reunite in Queensland as and when they need. We think the visiting friends and family sector will be the first to jump at this chance and hop on a plane to Queensland.”

The news will also be welcomed by BNE duty free operator, Lotte.

The news will also be welcomed by BNE duty free operator, Lotte.

BNE was keen to highlight that some airlines have maintained their BNE services throughout the pandemic and continued to carry repatriating Australians.

 

“Singapore Airlines and Emirates have been steadfast in maintaining a lifeline home to the world,” added BNE.

 

:Qatar Airways started BNE flights during the pandemic and have proven to be a reliable pathway for passengers and Queensland export produce to markets across the globe.”

 

Air New Zealand, Air Niugini and the Taiwanese airlines also continued to operate at BNE uplifting passengers and Queensland exports.

 

“We also thank the many international carriers who maintained crucial links to Brisbane,” added BNE.

 

“The majority of other airlines are wanting to return to BNE but will need to see market conditions that make sense for their business to make a restart decision.|

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