COVID-19 Update: QLD Border Restrictions

**Updated 14 July, 2020**

In March, the Queensland Government introduced restrictions to the Queensland border in response to COVID-19. New updates to these arrangements were announced in July, which are outlined below.

Who is allowed to enter Queensland?

Those living outside of Queensland who provide critical services to Queensland:
  • National/state security
  • Essential health services
  • Emergency services
  • Transport of goods or freight by land, sea or air, including food
  • Critical maintenance/repair to critical infrastructure in Queensland
  • Construction, mining/energy/agribusinesses
  • Federal, state or local government workers or contractors who are required to enter to Queensland to work.

Visitors who have not been in a declared hotspot can also enter Queensland (see below).

Employees travelling for work

Safe Food are aware that some of our accredited businesses may have employees or logistical contracts that require commuting or movement between State borders.  This is classed as essential travel. As a food business, if you have employees that need to travel to Queensland for work, they can still do so, however they must obtain an entry pass, even if they live in the cross border communities. Note: an entry pass is valid for 7 days. Your business will also have to provide a Health Plan that complies with requirements set by the Chief Health Officer that ensures adequate hygiene and safety requirements to limit the transmission of COVID19. A Health Plan template is available to download.

Food Transport Vehicles

Food transport vehicles are exempt from Queensland’s border restrictions. However, all drivers must obtain an entry pass. Heavy vehicles carrying any kinds of freight or goods across the border do not have to apply for an entry pass.
Food Transporter Register
To further assist our accredited businesses, Safe Food has developed a new Food Transporter Register. In the event that your food transport vehicle is stopped at the border by Queensland Police, you should display your current Safe Food accreditation sticker, Safe Food accreditation certificate, or refer them to our Food Transporter Register. They will be able to search your vehicle’s registration on this register and verify your accreditation with Safe Food.

Visitors to Queensland (new updates July 2020)

Queensland residents should not to travel to Victoria or any other declared hotspot in Australia. Those who have been to a hotspot within the last 14 days should not come to Queensland. Enhanced border control measures, including border passes and identification screening will be implemented by the Queensland Government.

From 10 July 2020

  • Any person from New South Wales (excluding declared hotspots), Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory may enter Queensland, subject to completing and signing a border declaration.

Mandatory quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for a minimum of 14 days applies to:

  • Any Queenslanders returning home that have been in a declared hotspot within the last 14 days
  • Any person returning from travel overseas
  • A person who arrives in Queensland from overseas, whether Queensland is the person’s final destination, or not.

Victorian visitors and those coming from other declared hotspots will not gain access or be able to quarantine in Queensland. They will be turned around.

Quarantine measures

All persons entering Queensland must complete and sign a border declaration stating they have not been to a declared hotspot in the past 14 days.

  • All flights will be checked, and road vehicle borders will be enforced
  • Police will enforce quarantine
  • A person who refuses testing in quarantine will be subject to a further 10-day period at their own cost.

International arrivals

Commonwealth Government travel restrictions:

  • only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia
  • travellers arriving in Queensland from overseas are required to self-quarantine in a nominated place for 14 days, as instructed by a relevant government officer, whether Queensland is the person’s final destination, or not (fees apply for government arranged accommodation from 1 July 2020).

For further information about border restrictions, please refer to the Queensland Government website.