Queensland’s border checkpoints will REMAIN until after Christmas causing headaches for motorists


Christmas despair with Queensland’s border checkpoints to remain in place until AFTER December 25 – causing holiday gridlock

  • Border checkpoints will remain until state hits 90 per cent double dose rate
  • Queensland is expected to reach 90 per cent double dose rate early next year 
  • Police will remain to check travellers entering the state are double-vaccinated
  • The hard border is expected to cause traffic delays over the Christmas period










Travellers hoping for a sunny Christmas in Queensland should brace themselves for traffic chaos with the state’s border checkpoints to remain in place.  

While there were hopes that the reopening of the state’s borders on December 17 would mean the removal of the hard border, officials have confirmed the checkpoints are due to stay in place until early next year. 

Deputy Premier Steven Miles confirmed to reporters at a press conference on Friday that the barricades will be removed once the state hits the 90 per cent double vaccination rate.

Queensland’s border checkpoints will remain until after Christmas which is expected to cause havoc on the road with with lengthy traffic delays

Queensland’s border checkpoints will remain until after Christmas which is expected to cause havoc on the road with with lengthy traffic delays

Mr Miles added that it was still unknown when Queensland could hit the target level as it’s difficult to predict.

‘It’s very hard to predict the 90 per cent threshold.’

‘In some jurisdictions, we’ve seen a tapering off at 80 per cent so you can’t just use that.’

Deputy Steven Miles (pictured) confirmed on Friday that the barricades will be removed once the state hits the 90 per cent double vaccination rate

Deputy Steven Miles (pictured) confirmed on Friday that the barricades will be removed once the state hits the 90 per cent double vaccination rate

Deputy chief health officer Lynne McKinlay mentioned that officials will share the date the state reaches the target when they are more certain.

Over Christmas, travellers will be checked by police at the border to ensure they are fully vaccinated and have tested negative to Covid 72 hours prior.

Gridlock is expected at the border. 

Motorists will still have to be checked by police at checkpoints when the border reopens on December 17 to ensure they are fully vaccinated

Motorists will still have to be checked by police at checkpoints when the border reopens on December 17 to ensure they are fully vaccinated

Over the holiday season last year, the Courier Mail reported there were delays of over two hours due to the border closures. 

Queensland recorded no new locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 on Friday from 8799 tests.

14,219 vaccinations were administered on Thursday as 76.55 per cent of Queenslanders have now had their first dose and 62.39 per cent are double dosed. 

The border checkpoints will cause a headache for motorists over the Christmas holiday season with traffic expected to grind to a standstill

The border checkpoints will cause a headache for motorists over the Christmas holiday season with traffic expected to grind to a standstill

Queensland recorded no new locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 on Friday and 14,219 vaccinations were administered in the last 24 hours

Queensland recorded no new locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 on Friday and 14,219 vaccinations were administered in the last 24 hours

'The faster we are vaccinated, the faster these deadlines will be achieved,' Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said as she announced the state's reopening plan

‘The faster we are vaccinated, the faster these deadlines will be achieved,’ Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said as she announced the state’s reopening plan

WHAT HAPPENS ON QUEENSLAND’S THRESHOLD DATES? 

 On estimated date of November 19, when 70 per cent full vaccination mark is reached:

* Anyone who has been in a declared hotspot in the previous 14 days can travel into Queensland provided they are fully vaccinated, arrive by air and have a negative Covid test in the previous 72 hours.

* Travellers must undertake home quarantine for 14 days.

* Direct international arrivals into Queensland will have to complete 14 days quarantine in a Government-nominated facility.

* International arrivals who arrive via another state or territory will have to quarantine at a Government-nominated facility for 14 days.

On estimated date of December 17, when 80 per cent full vaccination mark is reached:

* Travellers from an interstate hotspot can arrive by road or air.

* They must be fully vaccinated and have a negative Covid test result. Quarantine will no longer be required for interstate visitors.

* Direct international arrivals can undertake 14 days home quarantine.

At 90 per cent full vaccination of the eligible Queensland population there will be no border restrictions or quarantine for fully vaccinated people.

* Unvaccinated travellers will need to meet requirements for entry and undertake a period of quarantine

 

'I'm asking Queenslanders to get vaccinated to keep our sense of lifestyle,' Ms Palaszczuk said (Pictured: Residents relaxing on the beach at Burleigh Heads)

‘I’m asking Queenslanders to get vaccinated to keep our sense of lifestyle,’ Ms Palaszczuk said (Pictured: Residents relaxing on the beach at Burleigh Heads) 



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