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Good times: Queensland to reopen international borders on 22 January

It's the #ArrivalRevival announcement Queenslanders have all been waiting for! Queensland will scrap quarantine for double-vaccinated international arrivals from 1am on Saturday.

It’s the #ArrivalRevival announcement Queenslanders have all been waiting for! Queensland will scrap quarantine for double-vaccinated international arrivals from 1am on Saturday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today announced that almost all restrictions on vaccinated international arrivals will be scrapped for the first time since March 2020.

She says the date has been set as the state is set to hit a vaccination coverage target of 90 per cent double doses in the coming days.

The latest figures show 91.65 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have had one dose of a vaccine, while 88.82 per cent have had two.

Ms Palaszczuk says vaccinated travellers will only have to do a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arriving in Queensland.

“You will not have to do our quarantine, you are free to come in,” she said.

“We’re asking you to do a RAT test within 24 hours.

“This is consistent with other states – if national cabinet decides to change that down the track, so be it, but we do believe that now is the right time with our vaccination rates.”

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Flight Centre Corporate has welcomed the announcement that will pave the way for business travel to take off once again to and from the Sunshine State. 

Managing Director Australia James Kavanagh said pre-and post-arrival testing for business travellers was a real pain point for people wanting to trade and work in the Sunshine State and the new lifting of restrictions would provide real confidence in the corporate world. 

“We’ve long championed vaccinations as the pathway to freedom and with all testing requirements now abolished, Queensland is very much open for business to the rest of the globe, it’s a significant day for the business travel world,” Mr Kavanagh said. 

“We are hopeful there will be no need for a return to such restrictions as we once again open the world for those who want to see.” 

Source: AAP