Sunshine State re-opens without restrictions to all domestic travellers

Anyone coming to Queensland, either by road or by air locally, no longer needs to show a border pass or a rapid antigen test.

As of midnight (1 a.m. EDT), the Sunshine State reopens, with no restrictions on domestic travelers entering the state, either by land or by air. They will no longer need to show a border pass or a rapid antigen test (supplied)

However, the government will maintain a mandate that requires people to be fully vaccinated so that they can enter events and venues.

While local rules change, international travel restrictions will remain in place until Queensland reaches a 90 per cent double-dose vaccination rate.

Currently, the state is sitting on 88.5 percent of the dual vaccinated, while 91.5 percent have received the first dose of the vaccine.

Prime Minister Anastasia Balchuk warned Friday that the situation could change in the coming weeks or months for Queenslanders when asked what would happen to the quarantine facility at Toowoomba Wellcamp once the state reached 90 per cent of full vaccinations.

“Don’t forget that we still have people who are flying and have not been vaccinated, and we don’t know what the alternative is close,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Queensland Border Airport
Now anyone coming to Queensland, either by road or by air locally, will no longer need to show a border pass or a rapid antigen test. (9 news)

Queensland Health Minister Yvette Dath said the border changes would shift the state’s focus “to where people are going” rather than where they are coming.

While the chief health officer, Dr John Gerrard, said border restrictions “did their job”.

He said their purpose was to ensure that every Queenslander had time to get vaccinated. He said, “It’s time to get down.”

The news that Queensland will finally drop its internal border controls after nearly two years came from Ms Palaszczuk on Thursday.

Queensland Prime Minister Anastasia Palchuk
The news that Queensland will finally drop its internal border restrictions after nearly two years was made by Prime Minister Anastasia Pallaschuk on Thursday. (nine)

It has greatly pleased the residents and their families Interstate but also Queensland Police Commissioner Katharina Carroll.

Ms Carroll said she was “ecstatic” to free her officers from border control duties, and praised their dedication during the lockdown.

Queensland recorded 23,630 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths in the 24 hours to Friday morning.

Earlier in the week, the state had its highest daily epidemic death toll, with six people dying in the 24 hours through Thursday morning.

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