The Queensland Government has confirmed New Zealand will be removed as a ‘safe travel country’ tonight, following an increase in community transmission of COVID-19.
From 6.00pm tonight, all green flights into the Sunshine State from New Zealand will be halted and travellers forced into 14 days hotel quarantine.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said this is what needs to be done to protect the health of all Queenslanders.
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“Unfortunately, over the past few days New Zealand has been recording some new positive cases, which is why we are closing the border from 6pm,” she said.
“Anyone who is permitted to travel to Queensland from New Zealand will be required to quarantine on arrival.
“Acting with an abundance of caution has kept Queenslanders safe and that’s exactly the path we will continue to take.”
Anyone who has been in New Zealand since February 21 is also being told to get tested and isolate until they receive their results.
“This applies to anyone who has entered from 6 February who has not already had a test after entering Qld,” Dr Young said.
“New Zealand is working very hard to contain this community transmission, but they are still in a critical stage of their response so we need to keep watching closely.
“Things can change really quickly with this virus – we’ve seen that in other countries around the world, which is why I am asking Queenslanders to reconsider their need to travel to New Zealand.”