Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing for International Air Crew

Quarantine requirements for unvaccinated air crew coming from overseas

Unvaccinated air crew from overseas must:

  • quarantine in their nominated premises for 14 days, except if they need to depart Australia immediately  on an outbound international assigned flight duty.
  • Travel directly without stopping from port of disembarkation to their nominated residence, for a distance of no more than two hours safe driving
  • Must use private transport or by an endorsed transport provider
  • Must strictly comply with the Operational Guidelines for International Air Crew.

If an air crew is completing quarantine in a nominated accommodation they must:

  • not leave the premises for 14 days, until their next outbound international assigned flight duty or domestic crew-only flight to travel interstate to board their next international assigned flight duty, except:
    • for essential medical care at a hospital
    • to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm
    • in an emergency situation
    • as permitted by an emergency officer
    • to undertake a COVID-19 test in accordance with their employer’s arrangements for testing
    • for Queensland-based international air crew to carry out face-to-face recurring, mandatory training and assessment to ensure they continue to meet their regulatory requirements.
  • not allow anyone to enter the premises where they are quarantining, unless they:
    • live in the residence (for Queensland-based international air crew)
    • are staying in the premises for quarantine reasons
    • enter to conduct a COVID-19 test
    • enter for an emergency and their contact details are recorded.
  • If leaving quarantine for a specified reason, must travel by an endorsed transport provider or an ambulance (in an emergency).

Queensland-based international air crew and Australian Defence Force air crew

Queensland-based international air crew from an approved airline and Australian Defence Force air crew are allowed to quarantine at their home residence or military base if they:

  • can comply with the Operational Guidelines for International Air Crew
  • arrive in Queensland as an active member of the operating crew for an inbound flight or have been identified as a member of positioning crew and can provide evidence
  • have not been told by an emergency officer to quarantine elsewhere
  • use their private vehicle or an endorsed transport provider engaged by their airline to travel directly to and from their residence or military base for a permitted purpose without stopping, while wearing a face mask
  • use their private vehicle or a transport provider endorsed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads with an approved transport plan to travel directly to and from their residence or military base without stopping, while wearing a face mask
  • live within a safe 2 hour driving distance from their port of arrival
  • travel by ambulance when required to leave for essential medical care at a hospital.

Airlines must use a compliance plan that details how their Queensland-based international air crew will comply with home quarantine requirements, surveillance testing and other relevant Public Health Directions, and be able to provide the plan if requested by an emergency officer.

Freight and ferry

Unvaccinated international air crew arriving in Queensland  from overseas on a freight or ferry flight (transporting freight and essential crew only where no new crew members have boarded the aircraft overseas) are allowed to take a domestic on-flight to another destination if they:

  • provide written confirmation, from their employer, of travel on a freight or ferry flight
  • provide written confirmation from the relevant government agency of the receiving state or territory that they have been notified of and accepted the arrival of the freight or ferry flight
  • did not leave the confines of the airport as part of their freight or ferry flight.

Fully vaccinated Queensland-based international air crew, international air crew and Australian Defence Force air crew travelling on a return freight flight or ferry flight to an international port and upon arrival at the international port remain on the aircraft or only disembark for contactless refuelling or to conduct a safety check, do not need to quarantine upon arrival in Queensland.

Note: unvaccinated air crew seeking to stay overnight at their port of arrival in Queensland before repositioning to their next destination will require an exemption to leave quarantine.


Queensland-based and international air crew arriving on an aeromedical flight from overseas are allowed to take an aeromedical on-flight within Queensland if requirements are met.

Testing for international air crew

Queensland-based international crew, international crew and Australian Defence Force air crew member that arrive in Queensland from overseas must undertake a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of their arrival to Queensland, unless they can provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken and negative test result received within 24 hours of their arrival to Australia.

International air crew members who receive a positive result must:

  • cease working as soon as it is safe to do so
  • must isolate immediately
  • undertake a COVID-19 test
  • remain isolated until a negative COVID-19 result is received
  • follow any other requirements set by your employer airline.

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Questions and answers about this direction

Questions about face masks

I receive care at my own home, do I have to wear a mask?

You are not required to wear a mask when inside your home. However, the carer or healthcare worker providing care must wear a mask.

How can I wear a face mask if I have a hearing aid?

If you wear a hearing aid we recommend considering wearing a mask that ties around your head, rather than over the ears to ensure the ties do not get tangled in your hearing aid.

Find out how to use, wear and dispose of a face mask.

How do I stop my face mask fogging up my glasses?

Try one of these tips to help prevent your face mask fogging your glasses:

  • make sure your face mask is fitted and pinched on your nose if possible
  • put your glasses on after your mask
  • wash your glasses with detergent and water to create a film to prevent fogging
  • use micropore tape (available at pharmacies) to tape the mask along the bridge of your nose and cheeks, then put your glasses on top
  • put a folded tissue across the bridge of your nose, then put your mask on with your glasses on top.

Find out how to use, wear and dispose of a face mask.

How do I wear a mask correctly if I have a big beard?

Ensure the mask covers your nose and mouth, regardless of any facial hair. For non-medical face masks, you do not have to achieve a seal with the mask against the skin of your face.

There are different shapes and sizes of fabric non-medical masks available, some of which may be a more comfortable option if you have facial hair.

Can I remove my face mask to smoke or use an e-cigarette?

Yes, subject to existing restrictions on smoking in public places in Queensland.

While there isn’t enough evidence to be certain that people who smoke are more likely to be infected by COVID-19, the act of smoking means that fingers are in contact with your lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth.

Find out more about smoking and COVID-19.

I wear traditional or religious garments that cover my head or face, do I have to wear a mask?

Yes. There are a range of face masks available that can be worn with traditional and religious garments. These include face masks that are tied around the head, rather than looped over the ears.

If you wear a face covering, like a veil or scarf, you should wear your face mask beneath this, so it is fitted to your face.

Find out how to use, wear and dispose of a face mask.

Questions about penalties and enforcement

Are there penalties if I don’t comply?

Yes. If you don’t comply you may be given an on-the-spot fine of $1,378 for individuals and $6,892 for corporations, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,785 or 6 months' imprisonment. If you refuse a police direction to wear a face mask, you could be given an on-the-spot fine of $206.

How is this being enforced?

Queensland Police and enforcement officers will enforce these restrictions.

At the airport and on flights

Airlines can stop someone from boarding a domestic flight or flying with the airline (for a period of time determined by the airline) if they refuse to wear a face mask.

Although airlines are not responsible for enforcing compliance, they can report non-compliance to the Queensland Police Service or Australian Federal Police through their current processes.

Queensland Police Service and Australian Federal Police officers may take action if a person refuses to wear a face mask without a lawful reason. A person may be given a move-on direction to not board a flight or to leave the airport for up to a 24-hour period. If someone refuses a police direction to wear a mask, police officers can issue an on-the-spot fine of $206, an infringement notice, or a notice to appear in court.