Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said she will open the state’s border to Victorian residents before Christmas.
The new border rules come into force from December 1.
Queensland opened its borders to NSW yesterday, but remains closed to South Australian residents after an outbreak in Adelaide.
“I think we will see now with the borders opened to New South Wales and Victoria, we will see the Gold Coast and places like Cairns and the Whitsunday now doing a roaring trade,” she told the ABC.
“Just yesterday, we saw a 250% increase in some of our tourism operators across Queensland,” she said.
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The border pass system that Queensland has used to track interstate travellers will remain while there are still COVID-19 hotspots. As Queensland opens its borders, more details on changes to the pass system will be announced soon.
“Police will go through that over the next few days, there may be a border pass required for people going into South Australia and for Queenslanders going to South Australia and returning,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Right now the Queensland Government classes all of suburban Adelaide as a hotspot. They’ve banned Adelaide residents from entering the state.
Air travel booming as Queensland opens borders
Qantas and Jetstar have said they’ll run 1,200 extra return flights now that Queensland has opened its borders.
Currently airlines are operating just 36 flights a week to the Sunshine State.
Yesterday Qantas and Jetstar said that if the Queensland-Victoria border opened they would run an extra 160 flights a week from Melbourne.
The announcement comes on the back of comments yesterday by Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. He told Nine that if a COVID-19 vaccine is found, the airline would require all passengers to provide proof of immunisation before boarding an international flight.