Queensland COVID Border Declaration passes in force as Sydney outbreak grows

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has announced that from 1 am Sunday 20 December, anyone entering Queensland from New South Wales will need to have a border pass declaration.

The online system will be live by 8 pm tonight.

The new passes are the latest addition to the Palaszczuk Government’s nation-leading COVID response.

From 1 am this morning (Saturday 19 December) anyone travelling from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, including returning Queenslanders, must go into mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine.

The Health Minister said anyone entering Queensland from Greater Sydney or the Central Coast should get tested on entry to the state and self-quarantine until they receive their result.

“We’re adding additional measures to keep Queenslanders safe and we’re encouraging anyone in Queensland who has COVID symptoms, whether they’ve been travelling or not, to get tested,” she said.

“I’d also urge anyone in Queensland to reconsider travel plans to New South Wales.“New South Wales is doing a great job and we hope this cluster is contained to the Northern Beaches area, but if we start to see spread into Sydney and surrounds, we will not hesitate to implement extra hotspots,” she said.

“We hope not to have to do that, but my message to Queenslanders is, now is not the time to be in Sydney.

“I thank Queenslanders and travellers to our great state for coming forward for testing and following the health advice.”

Over the past week, there has been traces of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) detected in wastewater on the Gold Coast, North Cairns, Townsville and Cleveland.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said any wastewater detections highlight the importance of getting tested if you have symptoms of Greater Sydney Queensland COVID-19 restrictions on Sydney and Victoria travellers, You will be turned away at the border. 

“With the current situation in New South Wales and these positive wastewater results, I really need anyone who has any symptoms to come forward for testing,” she said.

“We can’t be complacent here - we might be doing well in Queensland, but that can all change really quickly, as we’ve seen in other states.

“Please, keep getting tested, and keep following the health advice around maintaining distance, putting your contact details down at venues, and washing your hands.”

Anyone with any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, should get tested immediately. Stay home and isolate until you get the results and your symptoms resolve.

In addition, please follow the advice that applies in all instances:

  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitiser after physical contact with other people or commonly touched surfaces.
  • Sneeze or cough into your arm or a tissue. Then put the tissue in the bin and wash or sanitise your hands.
  • Comply with current public health directions.

To find your nearest testing facility, visit

To help limit any potential risk to Queenslanders, some restrictions have also been introduced for visitors to aged care facilities, disability accommodation services and hospitals.

A public health alert is currently active for the following  locations in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast as well as a Virgin Australia flight between Sydney and Brisbane:

DatePlaceSuburbArrival timeDeparture time
Wednesday 16 DecemberBrisbane Domestic Airport Brisbane Airport9.00am9.54am AEST
Wednesday 16 DecemberHertz Car Rental, 1980 Sandgate RoadBoondall10.00am10.30am AEST
Wednesday 16 DecemberThe Glen HotelEight Mile Plains11.00am2.30pm AEST
Wednesday 16 DecemberSunshine Coast University Hospital Birtinya5.00pm8.30pm AEST
Wednesday 16 DecemberHungry Jacks Kawana Waters8.00pm10.00pm AEST
Wednesday 16 December - Thursday 17 DecemberKawana Waters Nightcap Hotel Buddina9.00pm7.00am AEST
Thursday 17 DecemberColes ExpressMooloolaba7.00am7.30 am AEST
Thursday 17 DecemberHertz Car Rental, 1980 Sandgate Road Boondall8.30am9.00am AEST
Thursday 17 DecemberThe Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) Fever clinic Chermside10.19am10.26am AEST

Flight NumberAirlineOriginDestinationDate of arrivalArrival time
VA925VirginSydneyBrisbane16 December 20209.30am AEST

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