What has changed with Queensland's COVID-19 border rules? Do I need a border pass and negative test result to enter?

By Dan Colasimone 
As of 1:00am on Saturday, motorists will no longer need COVID tests or border passes to enter the state. (AAP: Russell Freeman)

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has effectively thrown open the state's borders to the rest of Australia by lifting the remaining restrictions from this weekend.

The announcement came earlier than expected — the changes were previously flagged for when Queensland reached the 90 per cent double vaccination target for those 16 and over.

The state is currently about 88.1 per cent fully vaccinated, but Ms Palaszczuk said: "The time is now right as we head towards hitting that 90 per cent next week."

What's changing with Queensland's border rules?

Domestic border restrictions for people entering from a hotspot will no longer be in place.

That means people coming into Queensland from domestic hotspots, either by road or by air, won't need to fill out a border form, nor will they need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result of any kind. 

There will be no requirement to quarantine.

"Now is the time for the barricades to come down, and for the police to come home, to continue on their normal operational duties on the front lines," Ms Palaszczuk said.

When do the new rules kick in?

From Saturday, January 15, at 1:00am AEST. 

So don't try sneaking over at 12:45am.

What about international visitors?

Restrictions will remain in place for international travellers until the 90 per cent double vaccination target is reached, which is expected to be next week.

Authorities are still concerned about new COVID variants arriving from overseas.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said: "We do still have to look very carefully at international arrivals, and particularly unvaccinated international arrivals."

There are a host of requirements until that point in time, which can be found here.

What does that mean for unvaccinated people?

Those who are 16 and over and who haven't received both doses of a vaccine will now find it easier to cross into Queensland, but once here they will find their activities heavily restricted.

A slew of venues and events continue to have strict vaccination requirements, meaning the unvaccinated will not be able to enter.

"We are still wanting to make sure that only fully vaccinated people are entering those venues and those events that are more likely to see fast transmission happening," Ms D'Ath said.

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