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Superseded - Border restrictions Direction (No. 12)

This direction has been superseded by the Border restrictions Direction (No. 17) on 5 September 2020

Summary

Effective from: 1.00am Thursday 20 August 2020

Posted: 19 August 2020

Superseded on: 5 September 2020

Direction from Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared public health emergency

Public Health Act 2005 (Qld)
Section 362B

On 29 January 2020, under the Public Health Act 2005, the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services made an order declaring a public health emergency in relation to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The public health emergency area specified in the Order is for ‘all of Queensland’. Its duration has been extended by regulation to 2 October 2020 and may be further extended.

Further to this declaration, l, Dr Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer, reasonably believe it is necessary to give the following directions pursuant to the powers under s362B of the Public Health Act 2005 to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

Guidance

For the purpose of this direction, all people entering Queensland should practise physical distancing and risk mitigation measures such as remaining 1.5 metres away from other persons and regular washing of hands.

Preamble

  1. This Public Health Direction replaces the Public Health Direction referred to as the Border Restrictions Direction (No. 11) given on 8 August 2020.

Citation

  1. This Public Health Direction may be referred to as Border Restrictions Direction (No. 12).

Revocation

  1. The Border Restrictions Direction (No. 11) given on 8 August 2020 is revoked from 1:00 am on Thursday 20 August 2020.

Commencement

  1. This Direction commences from 1.00am on 20 August 2020 until the end of the declared public health emergency, unless it is revoked or replaced.
  2. This Direction applies to all persons who arrive in Queensland from a place outside of Queensland.

PART 1—ENTRY DECLARATION

  1. Every person entering or proposing to enter Queensland from another State or Territory must:
    1. provide a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass; and
    2. provide an undertaking that the person will present for a COVID-19 test if the person develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of entering Queensland; and
    3. comply with the undertaking while present in Queensland.
  2. A  person provides a Queensland Border Declaration Pass by providing in a written or electronic declaration to the best of their knowledge, true and correct information about the following:
    1. in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland, whether the person has:
      1. been overseas; or
      2. if a non-border zone resident, been in a COVID-19 hotspot; or
      3. had contact with a person who is a confirmed case of COVID-19; or
      4. been a cleared case of COVID-19; or
      5. had symptoms consistent with COVID-19; or
      6. if a border zone resident, been in a COVID-19 hotspot outside the border zone; and
    2. whether the person is a confirmed or cleared case of COVID-19, in which case the person will not be permitted to enter Queensland without an exemption from the Chief Health Officer; and
    3. the person’s name, date of birth, phone number, address and email address; and
    4. if requested, for an adult, provide satisfactory evidence of the person’s identity, for example, a driver’s licence or Medicare care card; and
    5. if requested, if the person is a border zone resident, provide evidence that the person resides in the border zone and that person complies with Part 2A; and
    6. any other information required by an emergency officer (public health).
  3. A Queensland Border Declaration Pass is valid for the purpose of entering Queensland for the shorter of the following periods:
    1. 7 days from the day the declaration is made; or
    2. if any of the person’s circumstances in paragraph 7 have changed.
  4. Despite paragraph 6, the following persons are not required to provide the Queensland Border Declaration Pass or undertaking:
    1. a person responding to an emergency in Queensland performing an essential activity related to national and state security, police, health or emergency services; and
    2. maritime crew who are not required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass under the Protocol for Maritime Crew approved by the Chief Health Officer; and
    3. a person remanded in custody of a state or commonwealth law enforcement agency, subject to an extradition order or otherwise, who is required to enter Queensland to comply with a court order or assist with or participate in an investigation or other action at the direction of the law enforcement agency.
  5. A person who has not provided a Queensland Border Declaration Pass or undertaking as required by this Direction must not enter Queensland.

PART 2—RESTRICTIONS ON PEOPLE ENTERING FROM COVID-19 HOTSPOT

  1. A person who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland must not enter Queensland unless:
    1. the person is a Queensland resident, the person is moving to Queensland as a new resident or the person is a border zone resident who is a Queensland resident; or
    2. Note: a border zone resident who is a New South Wales resident is not permitted to enter Queensland if they have been in a COVID-19 hotspot outside of the border zone.

    3. to comply with an order to attend a Court or Tribunal or to give effect to orders of a Court or Tribunal; or
    4. to fulfil a legal obligation relating to shared parenting or child contact including as part of an order or arrangement under the Child Protection Act 1999; or
    5. to assist with or participate in a State or Commonwealth law enforcement investigation or other action at the request or direction of a State or Commonwealth department or law enforcement agency; or
    6. to perform an essential activity in Schedule 1; or
    7. the person arrives by air to an airport in Queensland and:
      1. transfers directly to another flight to leave Queensland without leaving the confines of the airport; or
      2. quarantines until the time of their flight to leave Queensland; or
      3. if the person arrives to Coolangatta airport from an approved airport, transits directly by road to leave Queensland without leaving the vehicle; or
    8. the person arrived by air to a COVID-19 hotspot for the sole purpose of transiting through an airport in the COVID-19 hotspot and did not leave the confines of the airport; or
    9. Note: a person who has transited through Tullamarine Airport in Victoria will be required to quarantine – see Schedule 2

    10. the person is a student at a higher education institution or boarding school and is entering Queensland for the purposes of receiving instruction, including a parent or guardian accompanying a student who is a minor; or
    11. the person is entering Queensland to obtain essential health care, or as a support person to a person obtaining essential health care, and provides written evidence of the time and place in Queensland that the essential health care is to be provided.
    12. Example – a parent bringing a child for essential treatment at the Queensland Children’s Hospital will need to provide evidence of the essential appointment such as a letter from the hospital.

  2. Despite paragraph 11, an unaccompanied minor is not permitted to enter Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot.
  3. A person permitted to enter Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot:
    1. under paragraph 11(e) to perform an essential activity must comply with the requirements in Schedule 1 and requirements for quarantine and evidence in Part 3 and Schedule 2; or
    2. as a border zone resident must comply with the requirements for quarantine and evidence in Part 2A and Schedule 2; and
    3. under another ground in paragraph 11 must comply with the requirements for quarantine and evidence in Part 3 and Schedule 2.
  4. A person permitted to enter Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot is only permitted to enter Queensland by air unless stated otherwise in column 5 of Schedule 2.

Part 2A—BORDER ZONE

  1. The border zone is the geographical area comprising the border communities within New South Wales and Queensland within the postcodes listed in Schedule 3 and represented visually on the Public Health Direction (COVID-19 Border Restrictions) Map approved by the CHO and published on the Queensland Health website.

    Note: a copy of the map is available at https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0026/998000/map-border-zones-qld-border-restriction-direction.pdf

  2. A border zone resident who is a New South Wales resident is:
    1. permitted to enter and remain in the border zone within Queensland; and
    2. must not travel outside the border zone within Queensland
    3. must not enter Queensland if the resident had travelled in a COVID-19 hotspot outside the border zone within the 14 days prior to entering Queensland.
  3. A border zone resident who is a Queensland resident is:
    1. permitted to enter and remain in the border zone within New South Wales; and
    2. must quarantine in accordance with the requirements in Part 3 and Schedule 2 if the resident enters a COVID-19 hotspot outside the border zone.
  1. A construction worker who is
    1. a Queensland resident, may enter the border zone within New South Wales to perform construction work; or
    2. a border zone resident who is a New South Wales resident, is permitted to travel outside the border zone in Queensland to perform construction work.

Part 3—QUARANTINE

  1. Any person who has not been to a COVID-19 hotspot in the preceding 14 days and is not a confirmed case of COVID-19 and not a cleared case of COVID-19 may enter Queensland.
  2. A person who enters Queensland must quarantine if in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland:
    1. the person has been overseas; or
    2. the person has had contact with a person who is a confirmed case of COVID-19; or
    3. the person has been in a COVID-19 hotspot and is permitted to enter under Part 2; or
    4. the person has been a cleared case of COVID-19 who has been given an exemption to enter Queensland by the Chief Health Officer under paragraph 21; or
    5. the person has had symptoms consistent with COVID-19; or
    6. the person is a border zone resident who is a Queensland resident who traveled outside the border zone in New South Wales.
  3. A person who is required to quarantine under this direction:
    1. must comply with the requirements for quarantine, if any, in Schedule 2; and
    2. will be quarantined for a further period of 10 days from the end of the quarantine period in Schedule 2 if the person is not tested for COVID-19 when requested to do so by an emergency officer (public health); and
    3. Chapter 8, Part 7AA of the Public Health Act 2005 applies to a person required to quarantine under this Direction.

Part 4—OTHER MATTERS

  1. The Chief Health Officer may give a person or class of persons an exemption:
    1. to enter Queensland if the Chief Health Officer considers the person is essential for the proper functioning of the State and the person must be physically present in Queensland; or
    2. from a requirement in this Direction if other extreme exceptional circumstances exist.
  2. An emergency officer (public health) can require any person to quarantine if the emergency officer believes the direction is reasonably necessary to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.
  3. Only the Chief Health Officer or the Deputy Chief Health Officer can exempt a person from entering quarantine as required under this Direction.
  1. An emergency officer (public health) may direct a person to enter by road if the emergency officer believes it is reasonably necessary to respond to an emergency or serious situation.

Part 5—DEFINITIONS

For the purposes of this Public Health Direction:

  1. Air crew means air crew on active duty including airline general aviation crew and off-shift crew who are travelling as passengers on an aircraft to reposition at another location to immediately commence duty.
  2. Approved airport means any airport other than Melbourne Airport located in Tullamarine, Victoria.
  3. Border zone see paragraph 15.
  4. Note: a copy of the map is available at https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0026/998000/map-border-zones-qld-border-restriction-direction.pdf

  5. Border zone resident means a person who usually resides in the border zone.
  6. Note: a person may be either a border zone resident who resides in New South Wales within the part of the zone in New South Wales or a border zone resident who resides in Queensland within the part of the zone in Queensland.

  7. Cleared case of COVID-19 means a person who was a confirmed case of COVID-19 and has been given a letter or other written evidence from a doctor or health authority of the jurisdiction where they were diagnosed that they are cleared of COVID-19.
  8. Confirmed case of COVID-19 means a person who has been clinically diagnosed with COVID-19 who is not a cleared case.
  9. Contact tracing officer means a person appointed as a contact tracing officer under the Public Health Act 2005.
  10. COVID-19 hotspot means a particular area of Australia decided by the Chief Health Officer and published on the Queensland Health website (https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19).
  11. COVID-19 related duties means a person was on duty in the COVID-19 hotspot in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency performing duties such as supervising quarantine, giving quarantine directions or transporting confirmed cases or cleared cases but does not include office-based or remote work such as working in an emergency or disaster coordination centre.
  12. Emergency officer (public health) means an emergency officer appointed under the Public Health Act 2005.
    Note: Emergency officers appointed under the Public Health Act 2005 include public health officers and police.
  13. Essential activity means an activity in the table in Schedule 1.
  14. Essential health care means health care that cannot reasonably be obtained in a person’s place of residence that is:
    1. a Queensland Children’s Hospital appointment, confirmed in writing by the hospital; or
    2. an appointment at a Queensland Hospital and Health Service or associated outreach location, confirmed in writing by the service; or
    3. an appointment at a Queensland private health facility or an ancillary clinic or service, confirmed in writing by the service; or
    4. an appointment at an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Service, confirmed in writing by the service; or
    5. an appointment with a prescribed health practitioner at another premises, confirmed in writing by the practitioner or provider.
  15. Note: An appointment with a prescribed health practitioner may include services provided by a registered NDIS provider under an agreed NDIS Plan. An appointment at an ancillary clinic or service may include an appointment at a rehabilitation service.

  16. Government nominated-accommodation means a hotel or other accommodation premises at which the person is directed to quarantine at their own expense in accordance with Chapter 8, Part 7AA of the Public Health Act 2005.
  17. Maritime crew includes anyone required to be part of a crew operating or providing services to support the operation of a commercial vessel, research vessel or government vessel in Australian waters but does not include cruise vessels, private vessels, super yachts or recreational vessels.
  18. New resident means a person who is moving to Queensland to make it their principal place of residence and who can provide written evidence that they are relocating to Queensland if required by an emergency officer (public health) and evidence of where they will be residing upon completion of their mandatory quarantine.
  19. Nominated Premises means:
    1. government nominated accommodation as directed by an emergency officer (public health); or
    2. for air crew, the air crew accommodation provided by the person’s employer or the aircrew’s residence; or
    3. another premises as directed by an emergency officer (public health).
    4. Note: For example, a person may be directed by an emergency officer (public health) to quarantine at government-nominated accommodation such as a hotel at their own expense in accordance with section 362MC of the Public Health Act 2005. 

  20. Quarantine means in accordance with Schedule 2.
  21. Queensland Border Declaration Pass see paragraph 7.
  22. Queensland private health facility means a facility licensed under the Private Health Facilities Act 1999.
  23. Queensland resident is a person whose primary place of residence is in Queensland.
  24. Prescribed health practitioner means a person registered to provide the following services:
    1. dental (including the profession of a dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental prosthetist and oral health therapist);
    2. medical;
    3. medical radiation practice;
    4. midwifery;
    5. nursing;
    6. occupational therapy;
    7. optometry;
    8. paramedicine;
    9. pharmacy;
    10. physiotherapy;
    11. podiatry;
    12. psychology;
    13. services as a registered NDIS provider under an agreed NDIS plan.
  25. Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 means fever or history of fever, symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) or loss of smell or loss of taste.
  26. Unaccompanied minor is a child who is not in the presence of a responsible adult.

PART 6—PENALTIES

A person to whom the direction applies commits an offence if the person fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the direction.

Section 362D of the Public Health Act 2005 provides:

Failure to comply with public health directions

  • A person to whom a public health direction applies must comply with the direction unless the person has a reasonable excuse.
  • Maximum penalty—100 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment.

Dr Jeannette Young

Chief Health Officer

19 August 2020

Published on the Queensland Health website 19 August 2020 at 11:05pm

Schedule 1 – Essential activity

  1. A person entering Queensland for an essential activity must only remain in Queensland for the time necessary to carry out the activity and must:
    1. keep and retain written records of close contacts for a 14-day period commencing on their date of arrival in Queensland, or, if they remain in Queensland for a period of less than 14 days, for that period; and
    2. provide the records to an emergency officer (public health) if directed by an emergency officer (public health) or to a contact tracing officer; and
    3. minimise contact with the community for a period of 14 days; and
    4. to the extent reasonably practicable, practice physical distancing including by remaining at least 1.5 metres from other people.
  2. For the purpose of paragraph 2:
    1. a person is a close contact of another person if they are in the company of the other person:
      1. within an enclosed space for a period of 2 hours or longer; or
      2. within 1.5 metres of the other person for a period of 15 minutes or longer; and
    2. the records that are required to be kept are:
      1. the name and phone number and email address of the close contact and the day, time and location at which the close contact occurred; or
      2. if the name and phone number or email address are not known or it is not reasonably practicable to obtain them, the day, time and location at which the close contact occurred.
  3. A person who is a Queensland resident who arrives in Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot:
    1. is not performing an essential activity if the person’s departure from Queensland was for a purpose unrelated to their work or duties, such as a departure for personal or recreational purposes, regardless of whether on return the person falls within the ambit of performing an essential activity; and
    2. will not be permitted enter Queensland on the basis they are performing an essential activity; and
    3. will be treated as a Queensland resident under Part 2, paragraph 11(a) and subject to those quarantine requirements in Schedule 2.
  4. Note: a Queensland resident who may usually perform an essential activity while in Queensland but if they departed Queensland to a COVID-19 hotspot for personal reasons, they will be required to quarantine when returning to Queensland in the same way as other returning Queensland residents and will not be permitted to leave quarantine to perform their essential activity while in quarantine.

  5. A person performing an essential activity will be required to quarantine in accordance with the requirements in Schedule 2, if any.
  6. Subject to paragraph 3, a person in the table below is performing an essential activity.
1. National defence, state security and police
  1. Any Government official who, in carrying out their duties, is responsible for the safety of Australia or Queensland against threats such as terrorism, war or espionage, and is required to be physically present in Queensland for such purposes.
  2. Active military personnel required to be on duty while in Queensland.
  3. An active member of the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force or State or Commonwealth law enforcement agency required to be on duty while in Queensland.
  4. A Federal, State or local government elected representative who is travelling to Queensland to perform official duties in Queensland.
  5. Consular officers or consular employees of a consular post of an overseas country as defined in the Consular Privileges and Immunities Act 1972 (Cth) travelling to Queensland to perform official duties in Queensland.
  6. Note: Consular officials and consular employees are granted immunity from jurisdiction in certain circumstances under the Consular Privileges and Immunities Act 1972 (Cth).

2. Health services and emergency services
  1. A Queensland Ambulance Service employee, a paramedic, an officer of St John Ambulance Australia, RACQ Lifeflight crew, Royal Flying Doctor Service crew or other aeromedical services crew who is providing emergency medical care or transport to a patient.
  2. A person who, in carrying out their duties, is responsible for the retrieval, delivery or transportation of organs or tissue for medical transplantation.
  3. A person who, in carrying out their duties, is responsible for providing critical health support services for the critical maintenance, resupply or repair of health services infrastructure critical to Queensland. This includes Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.
  4. A person required to provide fire or emergency services in Queensland including rural fire service, state emergency services and firefighters.
  5. A person who is a specialist health worker approved by the Chief Health Officer.
3. Transport of freight and logistics
  1. Any person, excluding air crew and maritime crew, who:
    1. is transporting freight to, from or through Queensland under a commercial freight operation and any other person in the vehicle who is essential for the delivery of the freight; or
    2. is transporting passengers by road or rail to, from or through Queensland under a commercial passenger operation or public transport operation; or
    3. Note: Each passenger as well as the driver must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass

    4. is providing logistics and support for the transport which requires the person to be physically present in Queensland to provide the logistics or support.
    5. Example – a specialist mechanic or rail engineer providing mechanical or engineering support for the transport of goods is providing an essential activity. Activities that can be performed remotely such as a person providing administrative support or a manager attending a meeting are not essential activities.

  2. The person must to the extent reasonably practicable, remain isolated from the general public in their vehicle or accommodation until the person departs Queensland or for 14 days, whichever period is shorter.
4. Specialist worker

  1. A person required to provide emergency services or continuity of government services, infrastructure or utilities critical to Queensland but only if:
    1. the services provided by the person cannot be obtained in Queensland; and
    2. the service must be provided without delay; and
    3. the person must be physically present in Queensland to provide the service or perform the duty; and
    4. the person’s status is approved as a specialist worker by the Chief Health Officer; and
    5. the person’s employer has a plan to manage preventing the transmission of COVID-19 amongst its employees and the community, and the plan complies with the requirements specified by the Chief Health Officer; and
    6. the person provides evidence of the following information upon arrival in Queensland:
      1. their status as an approved specialist worker; and
      2. the name of their employer; and
      3. that they are entering Queensland to go directly to work; and
      4. the location of the worksite or work camp; and
      5. the location of where they will be accommodated in Queensland while performing the essential activity; and
    7. the person complies with any conditions forming part of their approval as a specialist worker.
    8. For example, a person may be required to quarantine or remain isolated at their work site for 14 days as a condition of their approval as a specialist worker.

  2. A specialist worker is a person who provides emergency services or continuity of government or government funded services, industry, infrastructure or utilities critical to Queensland in the following:
    1. construction, including construction of transport infrastructure;
    2. manufacturing;
    3. resources, as a critical resources sector employee;
    4. energy;
    5. agribusiness or commercial fishing, but not a seasonal worker;
    6. emergency services;
    7. continuity of critical government or government funded services, infrastructure, or utilities.

    Example:  continuity of electricity and power, telecommunications, data, critical infrastructure, water supply, sewerage, sanitation and waste and recycling management, petroleum, gas mining and resource operations and critical agricultural operations necessary to maintain food supply.

5. Air crew and maritime crew

A person who is a member of an air crew or maritime crew who is entering Queensland in the course of their duties.

Note: Cruise ships are subject to the Restricting cruise ships from entering Queensland waters Direction (No. 2) or its successor and to the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements) Determination 2020 (Cth).

Note: Maritime vessels are subject to any General Manager Maritime Safety Queensland Directions issued under the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 which may impose time-based arrival restrictions.

Schedule 2 – Queensland Border Declaration Pass and Requirements for Quarantine and mode of entry

Column 1Column 2 Column 3Column 4 Column 5
Person entering QueenslandQueensland Border Declaration PassEntry and evidence requirementsQuarantine RequirementsMode of entry
See paragraph 14
1.

A person entering Queensland from overseas.

see Part 3, paragraph 19 (a)

No

Note: the person must comply with any declaration requirements for overseas arrivals

Not applicable

Self-Quarantine for persons arriving in Queensland from overseas Direction (No. 5) or its successor.

Not applicable
2.

A person who has had contact in the last 14 days with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

see Part 3, paragraph 19 (b)

Required

 

Global quarantine requirements

Not applicable
3.

A person entering Queensland who has had symptoms consistent with of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

see Part 3, paragraph 19 (e)

Required

 

Global quarantine requirements unless a person can provide written evidence of a negative test while symptomatic.

Not applicable

A person listed below who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days—see Part 2 

Residents, new residents and border zone residents
4. Queensland resident
See Part 2, paragraph 11(a)
Required Evidence the person resides in Queensland. Global quarantine requirements. Must enter by air
5. New resident
See Part 2, paragraph 11(a)
Required Evidence of where the person will reside in Queensland after they leave quarantine. Global quarantine requirements. Must enter by air
6. Border zone resident of New South Wales
See Part 2A
Required Evidence that the person resides in the border zone. None, unless the person has travelled in the COVID-19 hotspot outside the border zone, in which case the person must not enter Queensland. May enter by road, rail or sea only if they have not been in a COVID-19 hotspot outside the border zone in the last 14 days.
7. Border zone resident who is a Queensland resident
See Part 2A
Required Evidence that the person resides in the border zone. None, unless the person has travelled in the COVID-19 hotspot outside the border zone, in which case the person must comply with global quarantine requirements. May enter by road, rail or sea only if they have not been in a COVID-19 hotspot outside the border zone in the last 14 days.

Essential Activity - National defence, state security and police under Schedule 1

8. A Government official who, in carrying out their duties in Queensland, is responsible for the safety of Australia or Queensland against threats such as terrorism, war or espionage. Required Relevant government issued identification. No May enter by road, rail, sea or air from an approved airport
9. Active military personnel on duty in Queensland. Required Relevant government issued identification. Quarantine at military base or military property. A person cannot quarantine at a private residence. May enter by road, rail, sea or air
10. An active member of the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force or State or Commonwealth law enforcement agency on active duty in Queensland. Required Relevant government issued identification. A person who has been on COVID-19 related duties in the COVID-19 hotspot must quarantine as required by global quarantine requirements. Any other officer must remain isolated, to the extent reasonably practicable, from the general public until the person departs Queensland or for 14 days, whichever period is shorter. May enter by road, rail, sea or air from an approved airport
11. A Federal, State or local government elected representative. Required Relevant government issued identification. Quarantine as required by global quarantine requirements in their home residence. Must enter via air
12. Consular employees or consular officials of a consular post of an overseas country. Required A Consular Official or Diplomat passport of a foreign country

Quarantine as required by global quarantine requirements with consent.

.

May enter by road, rail, sea or air

Essential activity - Health services and emergency services under Schedule 1

13. A Queensland Ambulance Service employee, a paramedic, an officer of St John Ambulance Australia, RACQ Lifeflight crew, Royal Flying Doctor Service crew or other aeromedical services crew who is providing emergency medical care or transport to a patient. Required Government or employer issued identification or an official letter from an employer confirming employment. None May enter by road, sea or air from an approved airport
14. A person responsible for the retrieval, delivery or transportation of organs or tissue for medical transplantation . Required Government or employer issued identification or an official letter from an employer confirming employment. No May enter by road, sea or air from an approved airport
15. A person responsible for providing critical health support services for the critical maintenance, resupply or repair of health services infrastructure critical to Queensland. Required Government or employer issued identification or an official letter from an employer confirming employment. A letter from an appropriate officer of Queensland Health confirming the person is required in Queensland. No May enter by road, sea or air from an approved airport
16. A person required to provide fire or emergency services in Queensland. Required Government or employer issued identification or an official letter from an employer confirming employment or volunteer status. No May enter by road, sea or air from an approved airport
17. A specialist health worker Required

Government or employer issued identification or an official letter from an employer.

Written approval from Chief Health Officer.

Must quarantine as required by the approval given by the Chief Health Officer for specialist health worker status. May enter by road, sea or air from an approved airport.
Essential activity - Transport of freight and logistics under Schedule 1
18. Person performing an essential activity of transporting freight or logistics
see Part 2, paragraph 11(e)
Required   Remain isolated, to the extent reasonably practicable, from the general public in their vehicle or accommodation until the person departs Queensland or for 14 days, whichever period is shorter. May enter by road, rail, sea or air from an approved airport
Essential activity - Specialist worker under Schedule 1
19. A specialist worker listed in Schedule 1 Required Evidence of specialist worker status and information as specified in Schedule 1. Must quarantine as required by the approval given by the Chief Health Officer for specialist worker status. May enter as allowed by their specialist worker status
Essential activity - Air and maritime crew under Schedule 1
20. Person performing an essential activity who is air crew
see Part 2, paragraph 11(e)
Required   Quarantine as required by global quarantine requirements unless unless a class exemption applies. Must enter by air
21. Person performing an essential activity who is maritime crew
see Part 2, paragraph 11(e)
Must comply with the protocol approved by the Chief Health Officer.   Must comply with the protocol approved by the Chief Health Officer. Must enter in accordance with the protocol approved by the Chief Health Officer
Other reasons to enter Queensland under Part 2, paragraph 11
22. Person entering for child contact or shared parenting arrangements
see Part 2, paragraph 11 (c)
Required Must provide evidence of a court order or legal agreement Quarantine as required global quarantine requirements, unless the person can meet the requirements in paragraph 4 below. Must enter by air
23. Person entering to attend court
see Part 2,  paragraphs 11(b)
Required Must provide evidence of a court order and confirmation from the Court that they are required to attend in person. Quarantine as required by global quarantine requirements, unless the person can meet the requirements in paragraph 4 below. Must enter by air
24. Person entering meet law enforcement obligations
see Part 2,  paragraph 11 (d)
Required The person must be able to provide written evidence from the relevant law enforcement agency that they are required in Queensland. Quarantine as required by the global quarantine requirements, unless the person can meet the requirements in paragraph 4 below. Must enter by air unless being transported by law enforcement
25. Person in transit through a Queensland airportsee Part 2, paragraph 11(f) Required   The person must remain in the confines of the airport. A person who leaves the confines of the airport must quarantine until the time of their onward flight. Must enter by air
26.

Person who transited through an airport in a COVID-19 hotspot
see Part 2, paragraphs11(h)

Required   A person may enter Queensland without quarantining provided they entered from an approved airport and remained within the confines of the airport. A person entering from an airport that is not an approved airport will have to quarantine as required by global quarantine requirements. Must enter by air
27. Higher education institution or boarding school students entering for the purposes of receiving instruction, including a parent or guardian accompanying a student who is a minor
see Part 2, paragraph 11(h)
Required   Quarantine as required global quarantine requirements, unless the person can meet the requirements in paragraph 4 below. May enter by road or rail only if a commercial flight to Queensland is not available from an airport within 300km of their primary place of residence.
28. Person entering to obtain essential health care, or as a support person to a person obtaining essential health care Required Evidence required under the definition of essential health care in paragraph 35 Quarantine as required by health care quarantine requirements in paragraph 5 below May enter by road, rail or air
29. Person granted a Chief Health Officer exemption
See Part 4,  paragraph 21
Required Evidence of the exemption granted Quarantine as required by any conditions given with exemption Must enter as required by conditions given with exemption

Quarantine requirements

For the purpose of this Schedule, the global quarantine requirements are specified in paragraphs 1 to 3 below.

  1. The person must:
    1. quarantine in a nominated premises and remain in that place for a period of 14 days commencing on the date of their arrival to Queensland; and
    2. Note: A person may be directed by an emergency officer (public health) to quarantine at government-nominated accommodation at their own expense in accordance with section 362MC of the Public Health Act 2005.

    3. travel to the nominated premises by the most direct practical route and means to the place; and
    4. not leave the nominated premises for a 14-day period, except:
      1. for the purposes of obtaining essential medical care or supplies or acting as a support person for a person obtaining essential medical care; or
      2. Example–a parent and child leaving quarantine for a child to receive essential medical treatment at the Queensland Children’s Hospital

      3. to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm; or
      4. Example–escaping a risk of harm related to sexual or domestic and family violence

      5. in the event of an emergency situation; or
      6. to attend a Court or Tribunal or to give effect to orders of the Court or Tribunal; or
      7. to assist with or participate in a State or Commonwealth law enforcement investigation or other action at the request or direction of a State or Commonwealth department or law enforcement agency; or
      8. for airline crew, to carry out essential regulatory or safety flight related duties or to attend their next work duty; or
      9. Example–flight simulation training, safety and security training.

      10. to leave Queensland by the most direct route without stopping; or
      11. as otherwise required or permitted under a direction given to the person by an emergency officer (public health); and
    5. provide a negative COVID-19 test result prior to being able to leave quarantine for any reason other than an emergency situation; or
    6. wear a protective mask when leaving quarantine as permitted under paragraph 1(c); and
    7. any travel under paragraph 1(c) must be:
      1. by private vehicle; or
      2. by a taxi with a protective shield between driver and passenger or a taxi van that allows for physical distancing between the driver and passenger; or
      3. by transport arranged by a government authority; and
    8. not permit any other person to enter the nominated premises unless that other person:
      1. resides in the nominated premises or is also quarantining at the nominated premises; or
      2. enters the nominated premises to provide emergency, medical or other essential care to a person residing in the nominated premises; or
      3. enters to fulfil an obligation relating to shared parenting or child contact including as part of an order or arrangement under the Child Protection Act 1999; or
      4. enters the nominated premises to give effect to orders of a Court or Tribunal; or
      5. as otherwise required or permitted under a direction given to the person by an emergency officer (public health).
  2. A person who is permitted to leave their nominated premises during the period of quarantine must  take all reasonable steps to minimise contact with other persons.
  3. A person unable to live independently without ongoing or regular support, including disability support, due to significant health needs, may have a carer or support person quarantine at the nominated premises with them at their own expense.
  4. A person permitted to enter Queensland under Part 2 will be required to quarantine as required by paragraphs 1 to 5 above unless the person:
    1. has completed a minimum 14 days of government mandated quarantine in another State or Territory immediately prior to entering Queensland; and
    2. provides the following to an emergency officer (public health):
      1. written confirmation of the person’s quarantine period from a government authority of another State or Territory where the government mandated quarantine was completed; and
      2. written confirmation from the health authority of another State or Territory where the government mandated quarantine was completed that the person had a negative COVID-19 test result after day 10 (or later) of the government mandated quarantine; and
      3. an undertaking that the person wore a protective mask and travelled by the most practicable direct route without stopping from the place of government mandated quarantine to an airport to depart the COVID-19 hotspot and did not leave the confines of the airport.
    3. any travel under paragraph 6(b)(iii) must be by:
      1. private vehicle; or
      2. a taxi with a protective shield between driver and passenger or a taxi van that allows for physical distancing between the driver and passenger; or
      3. transport arranged by the government authority.
    4. Note–a private vehicle does not include a bus or shuttle service including an airport shuttle, airport transfer service or regional or inter-city bus service.

    5. A person who is unable to meet the all of the requirements in paragraphs a, b and c above must quarantine in accordance with paragraphs 1 to 5 above.
    6. A person who satisfies paragraphs a, b(i) and b(iii) but is unable to meet the requirement in paragraph (b)(ii) above, must quarantine for 14 days or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result, whichever is the shorter period.

      For example, a returning Queensland resident who has completed government mandated quarantine for 14 days in another State or Territory but has not had a negative COVID-19 test, will be required to quarantine in Queensland until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.

  5. A person entering Queensland for essential health care, or as a support person for a person receiving essential health care, will have to quarantine as follows:
    1. for a day admission, procedure or appointment, the person or support person must remain within the confines of the place care is being received and leave Queensland immediately following the treatment or appointment; or
    2. for a person required to stay in Queensland for more than one day who is not admitted into a facility or service, in government nominated accommodation at their own expense until the time the care is complete, and they leave Queensland; or
    3. for a person admitted at a hospital, facility or service for more than one day, at the place of admission; or
    4. for a support person who needs to remain in Queensland for more than one day, in government nominated accommodation, unless the hospital or facility can accommodate the person; or
    5. for a support person transporting a person to or from Queensland to receive care, the support person must remain in the vehicle until the care is complete, or immediately leave Queensland without stopping after dropping off or picking up the person receiving care in Queensland.
  6. A person entering Queensland for essential health care, or as a support person for a person receiving essential health care, will have to quarantine for the period of time they are required to be present in Queensland. Once care is complete, a person must leave Queensland by the most direct route without stopping. A person is not required to remain in quarantine for 14 days if their treatment is less than 14 days.

Schedule 3 – Border Zone

  1. The border zone comprises the geographical areas within the following postcodes which are represented visually on the Public Health Direction (COVID-19 Border Restrictions) Map approved by the CHO and published on the Queensland Health website.
NEW SOUTH WALESQUEENSLAND

2361

4207

2371 (the parts within the Glen Innes Severn, Inverell and Tenterfield Local Government Area only)

4208

2372

4209

2831 (the parts within the Brewarrina Local Government Area only)

4210

2405

4211

2406

4212

2408

4213

2409

4214

2410

4215

2411

4216

2474

4217

2475

4218

2476

4219

2483 (the parts  within Tweed Shire only)

4220

2484

4221

2485

4222

2486

4223

2487

4224

2488

4225

2489

4226

2490

4227

2833

4228

2834

4229

2838

4230

2839

4270

2840

4271

2880

4272

4275

4280

4285

4287

4310

4352

4357 (the parts within the Goondiwindi Local Government Area only)

4362

4365

4370

4371

4372

4373

4374

4375

4376

4377

4378

4380

4381

4382

4383

4384

4385

4387

4388

4390

4406 (the parts within the Goondiwindi Local Government Area only)

4486

4487 (the parts within the Balonne Local Government Area only)

4488

4490

4491

4492

4493

4494

4496

4497

4498

Last updated: 5 September 2020