Qld to welcome back “green flights” from NZ’s South Island as vaccine push continues

Queensland will soon welcome back visitors from New Zealand’s South Island after nearly two months of being locked out.

It means travellers from that region will be able to come into Queensland without having to quarantine but this doesn’t extend to anyone who has visited the North Island in the past 14 days.

The state’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young said it was good news for those with families in New Zealand.


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“So any of you who have relatives there will be able to travel without quarantining,” she said.

However, travel is still restricted from Queensland into New Zealand’s south island. That decision rests with the New Zealand Government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also confirmed there was just one new COVID-19 case in Queensland in the last 24 hours which was acquired overseas and detected in hotel quarantine.

There were 9,805 tests conducted in the last 24 hours and 5,825 vaccines were delivered by Queensland Health.

The state is now sitting at 72.81 per cent for the first dose and 57.45 fully vaccinated.

The Premier continued to push for Queenslanders to come forward to get vaccinated now, arguing they’ll be in the best position to “weather the storm” when the borders reopen.

“I can’t look after you if you don’t hop on the lifeboat,” she said.

“We’ve got 11 days to go to get everyone vaccinated.”