DestinationsQueensland offers no-quarantine entry for those fully-vaxxed.

This Australian state is opening up, but will anyone come?

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Tourism Queensland says easing border rules is “a step forward” and looks forward to welcoming international visitors to Brisbane and beyond.
Tourism Queensland says easing border rules is “a step forward” and looks forward to welcoming international visitors to Brisbane and beyond.

Queensland is gearing up to receive international visitors, who will be allowed into the state without needing to quarantine once they are fully vaccinated.

The move is expected to see the first arrivals from Singapore, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea, once vaccinated travel opens up.

“It’s another step forward for Queensland tourism,” said Leanne Coddington, CEO of Tourism and Events Queensland. “We’re working market by market at the moment and will target the leisure and VFR markets once travel becomes two ways between key destinations.”

Queensland may have to wait, however, for the floodgates to open. Many countries are still nervous about opening their borders. This week New Zealand tightened its rules to stop a surge in cases of the Omicron virus.

NZ prime minister Ardern even cancelled her own wedding in response to the new restrictions, which capped numbers on gatherings.

In Western Australia – where critics of the state’s lockdown refer to it as the ‘hermit kingdom’, the premier Mark McGowan has further delayed the opening of the Western Australian borders to the rest of the country.

The state had earlier announced a 6 February reopening date and the delay disappointed thousands who were hoping to travel to Perth for holidays, family reunions and other events.

The new border entry rules in Western Australia require approved interstate travellers to be triple dosed vaccinated, quarantine for 14 days, and take tests prior to departure and during quarantine.

The latest WA government move has forced both Qantas and Virgin Australia, to cut back on domestic services to Perth.

Qantas now expects domestic capacity for the third quarter to hovering around 70% of pre-COVID levels, down from the 102% that had been forecast.

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