BREAKING: Qld to scrap PCR test for interstate travellers

Travellers heading to Queensland from interstate hotspots will only need a rapid antigen test from January 1.

The Premier has taken to social media this morning to confirm the move.

Annastacia Palaszczuk says PCR tests will not be required from the new year.


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Queensland had been under enormous pressure from other states to drop the requirement for a PCR test to enter the state.

The rule had contributed to massive delays at testing centres interstate, particularly in New South Wales and Victoria.

More than 400,000 people have applied for a border pass to enter Queensland from hotspots since December 13.

People will still need to declare on their border pass application that they have had a rapid antigen test and will need to provide evidence if stopped at the border.

But Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll concedes it will very much be an honesty system.

“It’s definitely a declaration. A declaration means you are telling the truth. If you make a false declaration obviously you will be issued with an infringement notice,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“If you are intercepted at the airport questions will be – when did you have the test? Where was it? At what time etc, so I ask everyone to abide by the requirements of the declarations.”

More to come.