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Understanding this Direction

This content was last updated on 27 May 2020.

To slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) the Queensland Government is tightening its border restrictions.

You can only enter Queensland if you are a Queensland resident, cross-border resident or you are an ‘exempt person’. To cross the border you will need to obtain a Queensland Entry Pass.

Queensland residents do not have to self-quarantine for 14 days unless they have:

  • travelled overseas in the last 14 days; or
  • been to a declared COVID-19 hotspot in Australia.

Coronavirus hotspots are updated regularly here.

If you are entering Queensland from another State or Territory by a plane in order to transfer to another flight, you are allowed to enter Queensland but must remain in the airport until the time of a transfer to another flight, or self-quarantine in a hotel until the next flight or follow the direction of the relevant authorities and self-quarantine at a nominated premises (for example if a return flight is not available on the same day).

The official public health direction is available here.

What this means for you

  • You will need to obtain a Queensland Entry Pass to cross the border even if you are a returning Queenslander. Applications can be done at the border, however you may face delays.
  • You should read the full health direction if you are not sure if you are an exempt person.
  • You may be able to enter Queensland on compassionate grounds or to fulfil a requirement of a court order.
  • If you do not meet any of the specified categories of exempt persons you may be eligible to apply for an exemption to enter Queensland. You will need to obtain this exemption before you can enter Queensland.
  • You can come to Queensland to work in agribusiness and commercial fishing, but you must have a job before you come. If you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, you will need to self-quarantine at your own cost when you arrive in Queensland.
  • Refer to the full health direction and the Seasonal Workers Health Management Plans Direction and Non-essential Business Closure Direction (No. 8) for more information.

Critical resources sector employees (CRSE)

Statutory position exemption letter

If your employee is recognised as a statutory critical resources sector employee (CRSE) under the Border restrictions Direction (No. 5) or its successor please complete the CRSE statutory position exemption letter (DOCX 29 kB). This letter can be presented to border authorities when entering Queensland.

Application for Critical Resources Sector Employee Status:

If your employee is not on the list of critical resources sector employees, the operator of the mine or gas field may apply for a Critical resources sector employee exemption (DOCX 69 kB). Only applications from operators will be accepted. If you are a contractor or individual please contact the mine or field operator who will need to lodge the application on your behalf. The details of relevant employees (XLSX 12 kB) must be provided and attached to the application.

Read the guide for processing and preparing applications for more information.

The completed form must be emailed to resources.sector@health.qld.gov.au and CC rsandp@dnrme.qld.gov.au for assessment.

Questions and answers about Queensland border restrictions

Information about Queensland's border restrictions (PDF 241 kB)

Last updated: 27 May 2020

Queensland Entry Pass

Entry into Queensland for essential travel is only permitted to persons who:

  • are eligible for an exemption and
  • who have a Queensland Entry Pass.

Apply for a new Queensland Entry Pass

Workplace Health Management Plan Template – Agribusiness and commercial fishing

This Workplace Health Management Plan template (DOCX 250 kB) is for:

  • Workplaces in the agribusiness and commercial fishing industries who employ, or have as visitors or contractors, interstate workers or seasonal workers and therefore must submit Workplace Health Management Plans under The Queensland Chief Health Officer Public Health Direction
  • Queensland businesses wishing to assess their plans to control COVID-19 associated risks

This template includes a checklist that may be used in conjunction with the Health Plan Template as a self-assessment checklist to identify ways to reduce transmission of COVID1-19 within a workplace and assist business continuity.

Health plan template - construction, manufacturing, resources and energy industries

Plan to control increased risks associated with the transmission of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from interstate workers into Queensland workplaces and communities.

Download the plan template (DOCX 221 kB)

Send completed plans to covid.plans@health.qld.gov.au