Qld eases re­stric­tions

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THE Queens­land tourism in­dus­try is set to re­ceive a much­needed shot in the arm, with the state’s bor­der open­ing to­day to in­ter­state vis­i­tors, ex­cept for those trav­el­ling from Vic­to­ria (TD yes­ter­day).

The open­ing fol­lows 15 weeks of hard bor­der clo­sure, with those who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days still be­ing turned away.

Tourism and Events Queens­land (TEQ) CEO Leanne Cod­ding­ton said con­sumer re­search is show­ing that there is strong de­mand for travel, but also that health and safety is top of mind for trav­ellers.

“We have worked with busi­nesses around the state to share the in­for­ma­tion and re­quire­ments on how to be COVID-Safe, and once they have the re­quired doc­u­men­ta­tion in place they can dis­play a Good to

Go ‘stamp’ in their mar­ket­ing to help as­sure trav­ellers they will be book­ing a safe ex­pe­ri­ence.”

She noted that many Qld op­er­a­tors were go­ing be­yond the re­quire­ments and tak­ing ad­di­tional steps to en­sure peaceof-mind for trav­ellers.

Long traf­fic de­lays are be­ing re­ported at bor­der cross­ings, with the state im­pos­ing strict rules, in­clud­ing that every­one en­ter­ing the state must com­plete a Qld bor­der dec­la­ra­tion form.

The form lasts seven days, with those stay­ing longer re­quired to re­new it on­line.

Ad­di­tion­ally, trav­ellers must pro­vide any nec­es­sary doc­u­men­ta­tion to prove they have not been in Vic­to­ria over the past 14 days.

Trav­ellers must agree to get tested if they ex­pe­ri­ence any COVID-19 symp­toms and will re­ceive SMS re­minders.

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