Queensland will open its border to ACT residents from next Friday (25 September), 10 weeks after the last case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the Territory.
The border opening coincides with the start of school holidays in the ACT.
However, NSW residents will remain banned from entering Queensland while ACT residents must not have travelled to NSW or a designated hotspot in the 14-days prior to arrival.
That means travellers from the ACT can only fly to Queensland, and cannot drive through NSW.
“We will work with ACT authorities to make sure appropriate checks are in place at Canberra Airport for people flying into Queensland,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Twitter this morning.
“Anyone who has been in a declared hotspot in the past 14 days will not be allowed into Queensland.”
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said now was the time for Canberrans to start booking their holidays to the sunshine state.
“Now is the time we would urge [Canberrans] to start thinking about coming up to Queensland,” he said.
Queensland shut its borders to the ACT at the start of August, despite there being no new cases for more than a month at the time of the decision.
Mr Miles said the Territory must be declared a hotspot because people were flying into Queensland from hotspots via Canberra at the time.
The decision blindsided Canberrans and the Chief Minister alike, who was caught off-guard by his counterpart’s announcement.