COVID-19 (coronavirus): Latest advice for the Bond community.

Changes to Queensland's border restrictions at 13 December 2021

From 1am AEST Monday 13 December 2021, Queensland’s border restrictions will ease further, following Queensland achieving 80% of the eligible population fully vaccinated. See here for a summary of the new rules.  For more detailed information please see Border Restrictions Direction (No. 56).

Quarantine and other Requirements for International Arrivals at 13 December 2021

The new Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction (No. 15) will come into effect from 1am AEST Monday 13 December 2021. Changes to quarantine arrangements for persons arriving from overseas are summarised here.

06 December 2021: Queensland reopening and NSW COVID-19 border bubble rules explained

  • People who have been in hotspots in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia will be able to enter the state from 1:00am next Monday (13th).
  • Fully vaccinated border residents will be able to move freely across the border, though they will need a border pass.  Border passes will be valid for 14 days at a time.
  • Queensland residents – from anywhere in the state – will be able to travel into the NSW side of the border zone freely, but if they venture further south, they will need to comply with the hotspot rules.

For example, a fully vaccinated Toowoomba couple can take a day trip to Byron Bay and return, but if they spent the weekend in Coffs Harbour, they will need negative test results before being permitted back over the border.

  • Unvaccinated residents of the border zone will be restricted to travel for essential purposes, just as they are now.
  • Fully vaccinated people will be able to enter Queensland by road or air and will not need to quarantine.

They will need to have had a negative COVID test result returned within 72 hours of their arrival, then get tested again five days after arrival.

People who aren't fully vaccinated will need to arrive by air and undergo 14 days of hotel quarantine.

  • People arriving from overseas must be fully vaccinated and have received a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of their arrival. They will also need to be tested on arrival, then go into quarantine — either at home or in a hotel — for 14 days.

29 November 2021: Federal government pauses international arrivals for students and visa holders as it awaits information on Omicron COVID

Further to the announcement from the Prime Minister on 22 November 2021, it has today been agreed following a meeting of the National Security Committee of Federal Cabinet, that the Australia border opening, and measures previously detailed, will now be postponed from 1 December 2021 to 15 December 2021. This will enable more to be understood about Omicron, the new circulating variant of the coronavirus.

In light of the above, it will now be from 15 December 2021, that fully vaccinated eligible visa holders will be able to enter Australia without first needing to be granted a travel exemption. This is subject to change, contingent on further assessment of Omicron.

28 November 2021: Updated Travel Restrictions - Omicron

Travel restrictions are now in place for people who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Mozambique, or Malawi in the last 14 days.

Australian citizens, permanent residents or their immediate family members entering Australia who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Mozambique, or Malawi in the last 14 days must enter supervised quarantine for 14 days in line with state and territory requirements, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Any other travellers who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Mozambique, or Malawi in the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Australia, even if they hold a travel exemption, eligible visa or are seeking to enter under a Safe Travel Zone arrangement.

State and territories are updating their entry requirements for all arrivals in relation to the new Omicron variant, so please check relevant health advice to ensure you have the most up to date information.