Qld’s strict border requirement set to cost tourism industry thousands

Tourism leaders are now calling for the state government to review its border requirements at 80 per cent double dose, with fears it will deter domestic travellers.

Once Queensland reaches the important vaccination milestone, which is expected to happen either on or before December 17, interstate visitors from New South Wales and Victoria will be allowed into the state once again.

However, there are strict rules that anyone coming over the border must follow.


All travellers have to be fully vaccinated and have proof of vaccination, and they must also return a negative PCR test within 72 hours before crossing the border.

The announcement of the borders reopening was welcomed by tourism leaders, who are glad to finally have domestic visitors back in time for Christmas.

However, Newscorp reports that tourism operators are worried visitors might think twice about a Queensland getaway, due to the additional $150 cost of PCR tests.

Despite it being a requirement of the state for travellers to have received a negative test, it’s on the individual to cover the cost of the test.

Recent estimates show this could seriously deter a lot of people coming across the border.