Townsville Bulletin

Internatio­nal travel to open but not for Qld


QUEENSLAND­ERS will be left behind on the tarmac, while other parts of the country with higher vaccinatio­n rates open up to internatio­nal travel again as early as next month.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there would be tourism operators wondering why some Australian­s would be able to travel to “Bali or Fiji” before the sunshine state.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk would not comment on the plan.

Mr Morrison revealed that once a state hit 80 per cent double-dose vaccinatio­n and had a home quarantine program establishe­d, its airports would again be open to internatio­nal travel for people with two jabs. It would include Australian­s returning home from overseas or those leaving for the first time since borders shut on March 20 last year, with travellers only having to do seven days home quarantine.

Sydney airport is expected to move first, from November.

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