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Queenslanders to be banned from short trips to NSW or Victoria when borders reopen

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Once Queensland borders open next month, residents will be barred from taking short trips interstate until the state reaches its 90 per cent fully vaccinated target.

As part of Queensland’s border reopening to hotspot states, those travelling into the Sunshine State will need to return a negative PCR test 72 hours beforehand.

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The border is expected to reopen sometime next month, once the state reaches its 80 per cent fully vaccinated milestone.

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But when that kicks in, Queenslanders won’t be allowed to take a trip to NSW or Victoria for just a day or two.

When asked whether someone would be able to get a negative test in Queensland, travel to NSW or Victoria and then return home within 72 hours with the same test result, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that loophole would be closed.

That means that people wanting to go to a hotspot state from Queensland will need to stay there for at least three days.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the loophole will close.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the loophole will close. Credit: AAP

“You do need to have a PCR test, so at the moment, going to Sydney for a day or two would be out of the question until we get to that 90 per cent double-dose,” she said.

Currently, 84.6 per cent of the eligible population in Queensland has received a first dose of a vaccine, with 73.42 per cent of people fully vaccinated.

Ms Palaszczuk made the comments after growing anger over her state’s testing requirements once the borders open.

Fully vaccinated people who travel to Queensland will need to pay $150 for a PCR test – an issue Ms Palaszczuk says can be fixed by the federal health minister.

“Greg Hunt can quite easily make it a Medicare rebate – he can do that with a stroke of a pen,” she said on Tuesday.

People travelling to Queensland will need to return a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their trip.
People travelling to Queensland will need to return a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their trip. Credit: AAP

The premier added the measure was only temporary until the state reaches its 90 per cent double dose target, expected to happen in January.

Ms Palaszczuk said it was a “national issue” and noted other states also had testing requirements upon entry.

Earlier on Tuesday, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the cost of the test is onerous and National Cabinet needs to come to an agreement to subsidise the test.

“That would be the common sense approach,” he told Sydney radio 2GB on Tuesday.

“We can’t have domestic travel working that way. People just won’t travel.”

– with AAP

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