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Queensland drops quarantine for international arrivals from 22 January

Queensland is opening its international border quarantine-free to eligible international arrivals, including Singapore Citizens, from 22nd January.

Another popular Australian state when it comes to tourism is reopening its international borders this week, with news that Queensland will remove quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the state from overseas starting on Saturday 22nd January 2022.

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This will allow Australians and New Zealand passport holders usually resident in Australia to fly into the state from any overseas country, while the following citizens are also eligible, when travelling directly from their home countries:

These are the prevailing requirements of the Australian Federal Government for entry to the country, which are not a state decision.

No arrivals cap will be applied for fully vaccinated travellers entering Queensland from overseas, so passengers will be able to take any available flight into Brisbane, or cities such as Cairns and Gold Coast once international services to those airports resume.

This quarantine relaxation comes about as Queensland hits nearly 90% of its eligible population reaching fully vaccinated status, and will take effect for arrivals from 1.00am on Saturday 22nd January 2022.

Requirements when flying to Queensland

Fully vaccinated eligible travellers (including Singapore Citizens) flying from overseas to Queensland who touch down from 22nd January 2022 onwards must:

  • Have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight departure time, unless they are under five years of age.
  • Take an on-arrival RAT (ART) test within 24 hours of arriving in Queensland.
  • Self-isolate at home or in other suitable accommodation until receiving a negative test result.

Aside from the short self-isolation period (RAT tests only take 15-30 minutes), no quarantine applies.

Taking the post-arrival test in Queensland is based on a ‘honour system’, and will not be policed. Those who test positive, however, should follow these steps.

“We made a decision yesterday as part of our COVID taskforce meeting and we have decided to set a firm date for [fully vaccinated international travellers] coming into Queensland… as 1am this Saturday.”

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier

International arrivals who are already in quarantine in Queensland will be free to leave from 1am on Saturday.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers will still need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Queensland.

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Here’s our latest rundown of the cheapest locations to get a pre-departure PCR test suitable for travel in Singapore, starting at S$98.

There are even competitive options for those preferring to be tested at home, now starting at S$128.

For those phobic of the nasal swab process, there are also saliva-based PCR tests available from S$115, valid for travel to Australia.

VTL process Queensland – Singapore

Those flying on designated VTL flights from Brisbane to Singapore will follow the standard VTL pre-departure and arrival process.

VTL Process
Australia Singapore

  • Must be fully vaccinated in Singapore or any VTL country
  • Must have stayed in Australia, Singapore or any VTL country for 14 days
  • Apply for a VTP in advance*
  • Purchase COVID-19 travel insurance (min. coverage of S$30,000)**
  • Take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR or RAT/ART test (up to 2 days before departure)
  • Travel to Singapore on designated ‘VTL flights’
  • Take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test
  • Self-isolate until the result is available (typically 4-6 hours)
  • Take Day 2, 4, 5 & 6 self-swab post-arrival ART tests
  • Take Day 3 and Day 7 supervised ART tests at QTCs/CTCs

* Not applicable for Singapore Citizens or permanent residents
** Not applicable for Singapore Citizens, permanent residents or pass holders

Brisbane VTL flights already started

Singapore Airlines already launched its Brisbane – Singapore quarantine-free VTL flights last week, with the first service operating to Changi on 15th January 2022, despite two-way travel still not being available at the time.

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Of course Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had already announced on 13th January that quarantine was to be relaxed for international arrivals sometime this week, so there was no harm in SIA starting VTL services in the Singapore direction a week early.

Singapore Airlines has already started its VTL flights from Brisbane

Here’s how the VTL flight schedule looks, with a generous 14 weekly flights, increasing to 17 per week in February and March and then 21 per week (three daily) during the northern summer season (April to October).

Brisbane – Singapore
VTL Flights

15th January 2022 – 1st February 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
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A350 Regional
BNE
14:45
SIN

20:35
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A350 Regional
BNE
23:00
SIN

04:40*

* Next day

2nd February 2022 – 26th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
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A350 Regional
       
BNE
10:20
SIN

16:20
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A350 Regional
BNE
14:45
SIN

20:35
 bgcolor= SQ246
A350 Regional
BNE
23:00
SIN

04:40*

* Next day

27th March 2022 – 29th October 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
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A350 Regional
BNE
09:20
SIN

15:30
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A350 Regional