World news – EXPLANATED: Recent restrictions on travel to or from Qld


Border restrictions tightened after a new case of transmission from COVID-19 communities was confirmed in Brisbane on Friday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed that genome tests linked the case of a 26-year-old Stafford man to a previous cluster that involved a local doctor in early March.

The case has resulted in new travel restrictions for Queenslanders, with fans and even two commentators forced out of the Geelong-Brisbane clash on Friday night at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong following a Victorian government ruling.

This is the current status for travel to and from Queensland.

New South Wales: All Queenslanders who have visited exposure sites during the relevant times are prohibited from entering New South Wales. If they are already in the state but have visited one or more of the venues, they must be tested immediately regardless of symptoms and self-isolating until a negative result is obtained. Queensland Health noted that one venue, Mamma’s Italian restaurant in Redcliffe, was classified as « close contact ». Therefore, anyone in New South Wales who visited between 12:30 PM and 3:10 PM on March 21st must be tested and isolated for 14 days. regardless of a negative COVID-19 result.

New recommendations apply to people who have moved to NSW from Queensland since Saturday, March 20, 2021. More information:

Victoria: Anyone who entered Victoria from Brisbane and the Moreton Bay area since March 12 must self-isolate immediately, get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours and remain in isolation until a negative result is obtained. As of March 26, the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services has designated travelers from Brisbane and Moreton Bay as an orange zone under Victoria’s traffic light travel authorization system. To enter Victoria, Queenslanders must apply for this permit and cannot if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Upon arrival in Victoria, an Orange Zone permit holder must immediately self-isolate, receive a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, and remain isolated until negative.

Western Australia: All Queenslanders who have arrived in Western Australia since March 20 must self-isolate and be tested immediately. All travelers who have visited the hotspot locations must be immediately tested and quarantined for 14 days from the time they were at the high risk location.

Tasmania: Travelers who have been to certain Queensland contact locations listed at certain times in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania will not be allowed to enter the state unless approved as an essential traveler. If you are currently in Tasmania and have been to any of these locations in the past 14 days, you must immediately get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate.

Northern Territory: Anyone who has arrived or has not yet arrived in the Northern Territory must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours if they are at any of the Brisbane hotspot locations. Travelers must quarantine themselves until the test is negative.

South Australia: There are currently no restrictions on entering South Australia from the Low Community Transmission Zone. This zone currently still includes Queensland. However, SA Health strongly advises against anyone affected by COVID-19 traveling to South Australia. All travelers must complete a cross-border travel registration with the SA police upon entering.

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