Just days after announcing Queensland’s domestic border reopening plan, the state will also restart a key overseas travel route.
Queensland will reopen its border with New Zealand, after the state’s chief health officer confirmed the South Island is now a ‘Green Zone’.
Dr Jeannette Young said people can travel from popular tourist locations like Queenstown and Christchurch into the Sunshine State without quarantine requirements.
“Queensland will be allowing green flights again from the South Island of New Zealand,” Dr Young said on Wednesday.
“So any of you who have relatives they will be able to travel without quarantine.”
She said travel between Queensland and Auckland would still be blocked due to the ongoing outbreak in the region.
The move comes just days after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Queensland’s domestic reopening plan for November and December.
When the state hits 70 per cent around November 17, vaccinated Australians from states like NSW and Victoria will be allowed into Queensland providing they undertake 14 days of home quarantine.
One month later, when the state reaches the 80 per cent vaccination mark, vaccinated residents will be able to enter by air or land without needing to enter any form of quarantine.
The decision however, doesn’t mean Queenslanders can cross the Tasman to New Zealand’s South Island — given that’s a that’s a decision for the New Zealand government to make.
The Sunshine State’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said the decision comes as Queensland records a 15th-straight day without a local case of COVID-19.
On Monday, Ms Palaszczuk announced the state’s reopening road map, promising vaccinated residents would be allowed in by Christmas.
Ms Palaszczuk said the state’s border restrictions will be relaxed on November 19 and further eased on December 17, when it hits 70 and 80 per cent double dosed targets.
The premier urged people to get vaccinated before the state lifted border restrictions in time for Christmas.
“The storm is coming. We need to be prepared,” she said during Wednesday’s press conference
“Queensland is going to be in the best position to weather this storm if we are fully vaccinated.”
“Think about being in this storm – I can’t look after you if you won’t hop on the life boat.”
The Queensland government has been ramping up its messaging around vaccinations, after revealing the border reopening plan.