Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced she will throw open the state's borders before Christmas, finally giving into mounting pressure to allow family reunions. 

On Monday afternoon Ms Palaszczuk said she was setting a deadline for Queenslanders to get vaccinated - December 17, when NSW and Victorian residents will be allowed to visit without quarantining.   

The major decision follows calls for the state to announce a roadmap out of Covid to lift its lagging vaccination rates, with the government even opening jab clinics at Bunnings warehouses.  

 'The faster we are vaccinated, the faster these deadlines will be achieved,' Ms Palsazczuk said. 

'It means that some of these dates may come forward if we get the vaccination rates up.'

The premier announced that modelling showed 70 percent of the eligible Queensland population was expected to be jabbed by November 19, with the 80 per cent target expected to be reached by December 17.  

'If you come from a declared domestic hot spot, like NSW or Victoria, in the previous 14 days you can travel to Queensland, provided you are fully vaccinated and arrived by air and have a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours and will have to undertake home quarantine for 14 days,' she said of the November 19 threshold.

'That's good news for families to be reunited for Christmas.'  

Ms Palaszczuk said those dates would be brought forward if the state hit the 70 and 80 per cent vaccination targets earlier.


On estimated date of November 19, when 70 per cent full vaccination mark is reached: Anyone who has been in a declared hotspot in the previous 14 days can travel into Queensland provided they are fully vaccinated, arrive by air, have a negative Covid test in the previous 72 hours.

Travellers must undertake home quarantine for 14 days.

Direct international arrivals into Queensland will have to complete 14 days quarantine in a Government-nominated facility.

International arrivals who arrive via another state or territory will have to quarantine at a Government-nominated facility for 14 days. 

On estimated date of December 17, when 80 per cent full vaccination mark is reached: Travellers from an interstate hotspot can arrive by road or air.

They must be fully vaccinated and have a negative Covid test result.  Quarantine will no longer be required for interstate visitors.

Direct international arrivals can undertake 14 days home quarantine.


Ms Palaszczuk defended the delay in announcing the plan to reopen the state.

'In NSW and Victoria there has been a sense of urgency to get vaccinated because they had widespread Delta outbreaks, they had people in hospitals, people in their homes who've been very ill with Covid and that has been an incentive to get their lives back to some sort of normality,' she said. 

'I'm asking Queenslanders to get vaccinated to keep our sense of lifestyle.' 

Ms Palaszczuk said many parts of regional Queensland were behind the Brisbane area on vaccination rates.

She said ministers from the government would travel to some regional areas to urge Queenslanders to get vaccinated. 

Ms Palaszczuk did rule out lockdowns from some rural areas should Delta outbreaks occur once the state was reopened.

She said the December 17 date for welcoming back interstate visitors would not be moved even if the state had not reached 80 per cent full vaccination of the eligible population. 

Deputy Premier Steven Miles contrasted Queensland's reopening plan with that of NSW, announced by Premier Dominic Perrottet last week.  

'It is not a series of reckless decisions as we’ve seen from NSW,' Mr Miles said.

'This is a plan to finish vaccinating Queenslanders. It’s also a plan that begins to set a deadline, a deadline for Queenslanders to get vaccinated.'  

'If you want to move around, travel around more after 17 December, get vaccinated now. If you want your family to visit for Christmas, get vaccinated now. If you want to avoid regionalised lockdowns and restrictions, get vaccinated now and that's particularly important in those regions where the vaccination rate has been lagging. 

'We are also saying that after that 17 December when we expect to meet the 80 per cent of the eligible population double vaccinated, there will be other freedoms that are only available to people who have been vaccinated.'

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said the state's hospital system was prepared for an upsurge in Covid cases once the border controls ended.

'Our health system will manage extra people coming into hospitals and ICUs. That'll utterly happen,' she said. 

'We know it will because everyone will be exposed to this virus at some point, absolutely. The numbers will climb over coming months and will stay high for a number of months. But how high they get is up to Queenslanders.'  

The state had been under pressure to announce a road map to reopen as vaccination rates increase and  and Victoria begin to emerge from .

Queensland recorded no new community-acquired cases for a 13th consecutive day on Monday.

Chief Health officer Dr Jeannette Young had signalled a change of tone yesterday when she said that Queenslanders 'need to regain our full lives again'. 

'We have done so well … but it’s time for us to normalise this,' Dr Young said.

On Monday Dr Young urged younger people to act on the vaccination message to achieve the December 17 target even earlier.  

'That's younger people in that 20-39 year age group who probably feel they are invincible but you are not. You need to get vaccinated so we can return to a normal way of life,' she said. 

Ms Palaszczuk announced 72.26 percent of Queenslanders had now received a first dose of vaccine, with 56.58 per cent fully vaccinated.