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Covid update: Queensland entry requirement changes

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The Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) has released an update on requirements for freight operators travelling into Queensland.

The Queensland Travel Declaration Direction has been released by the Queensland Chief Health Officer.

“From 1am AEST Saturday 19 June 2021, anyone entering Queensland, including freight and logistics operators, who have travelled only to Australian states or territories where there are no Queensland declared Covid-19 hotspots are required to have a valid Queensland Travel Declaration,” writes the QTA.

Fines of up $1334 may apply for anyone who does not comply with the Queensland Travel Declaration Direction.

Requirements have been updated in the Queensland Freight Services Protocol.

“Anyone (including freight and logistics workers) who has been to any of the Queensland exposure venues must complete 14 days quarantine, even if you receive a negative test since you were at the location. It can take up to 14 days before you develop symptoms or test positive to Covid-19. There is no exception for any kind of worker, including freight and logistics operators,” writes the QTA.

“If a freight and logistics worker is entering Queensland from a Covid hotspot or has been in a hotspot in the past 14 days a Border Declaration Pass (Freight and Logistics) MUST be complete prior to entry.

“If a freight and logistics worker is entering Queensland from a state or territory where there are no Covid hotspots, the new Queensland Travel Declaration Pass MUST be completed up to 72 hours prior to entry.”

The pass is valid for 14 days unless:

  • the person has been at an interstate exposure venue in the previous 14 days; or
  • a Covid-19 hotspot has been declared in the NSW border zone; or
  • an interstate exposure venue in the NSW border zone has been published.

The QTA added that the exception is only for Queensland/NSW Border Zone residents who have ONLY been in the NSW Border Zone. These residents DO NOT have to complete the Queensland Travel Declaration Pass unless:

  1. the person has been at an interstate exposure venue in the previous 14 days; or
  2. Covid-19 hotspot has been declared in the New South Wales border zone; or
  3. an interstate exposure venue in the New South Wales border zone has been published.

“A Queensland Travel Declaration is valid for 14 days from the day of issue or unless a freight and logistics operators’ circumstances change, whichever is shorter,” added the QTA.

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