CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – On Monday, the Australian state of Queensland announced plans to open up access to vaccinated travelers, ending the status it enjoyed throughout the pandemic as it remained virtually COVID-19 free.
Queensland and Western Australia were some of the most successful states in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and they were also among the most reluctant to ease tight border controls after the highly contagious variant of the delta established and spread in New South Wales in June. … Victoria and Australian Capital Territory.
Queensland authorities have warned that infection rates will rise and remain high for several months.
“For nearly 600 days for nearly two years, we have kept the virus out of Queensland,” said Treasurer Cameron Dick. “Those days will soon be over. This will be the end of COVID Zero for Queensland. ”
Queensland Prime Minister Annastasia Palashchuk said fully vaccinated travelers will be admitted to the state without quarantine when 80% of the state’s population aged 16 and over are vaccinated. This benchmark is expected to be reached by December 17th.
Travelers will also need to test negative for COVID-19 within three days of entering the state.
Vaccinated travelers will be admitted to Queensland when 70% of the target population has been vaccinated. The target is expected to be met by November 19, but they will face restrictions, including a 14-day quarantine on arrival.
“I think Queensland residents recognize that this is a smart and cautious approach to family reunification, but people arriving in Queensland will have to be fully vaccinated,” Palashchuk said. “The sooner we get vaccinated, the sooner these deadlines will be met.”