Queensland Health have issued an updated Border Restrictions Direction (No. 10) overnight that has some important clarifications.
In summary, the new Direction:
- Allows new residents to enter Queensland from a hotspot provided they complete quarantine at their own expense. Previously, new residents required an individual CHO exemption to enter Queensland from a hotspot.
- Allows any person permitted to enter Queensland who has completed government mandated quarantine in a hotspot to enter Queensland without repeating quarantine provided they can meet a number of evidentiary requirements. Currently, only returning Queensland residents can enter Queensland without quarantining if they have already completed government mandated quarantine in a hotspot.
- Provides that a person remanded in custody, subject to an extradition order or otherwise in the custody of a state or commonwealth law enforcement agency who is required to be in Qld is not required to complete a Border Declaration Pass.
- Clarifies that a person can travel directly from a non-COVID-19 hotspot to an airport to fly to Queensland without quarantining on arrival. For example, a FIFO worker living in an LGA in NSW that is not declared as a hotspot can travel directly to Sydney airport to fly to Queensland for work.