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Quarantine for Persons Arriving in Queensland From Overseas

Self-quarantine for Persons Arriving in Queensland From Overseas Direction (No. 5)

All people arriving in Queensland from overseas have to quarantine in nominated premises for 14 days.

What’s changed:

An unaccompanied child who arrives in Queensland from overseas can travel to another State or Territory to quarantine at home with their parent or guardian.

Air crew can leave their quarantine accommodation to carry out essential regulatory or safety flight related duties.

What does this mean for you

From 7 April 2020 to the end of the COVID-19 emergency, on arriving in Queensland from overseas:

  • All people must travel directly from their port of arrival to their nominated quarantine location, as instructed by the relevant authority
  • They must not leave the premises for 14 days, except:
    • for essential medical care or supplies
    • for safety or emergency reasons (e.g. escaping a risk of harm related to domestic and family violence), or
    • if directed by the authority
  • No other people are permitted to enter the premises location, unless they:
    • are living in the premises for quarantine reasons
    • are providing emergency or medical care to someone living there, or
    • are allowed to visit by a relevant authority
  • Children travelling on their own may travel interstate to quarantine at home (if they live in another state or territory) or be accompanied by their parent or guardian to their nominated premises or their home to quarantine. The parent or guardian will have to quarantine with their child.
  • People who require ongoing support due to significant health needs may quarantine with their carer at their home

Testing in quarantine

Anyone who has travelled to Queensland from overseas will be asked to take a COVID-19 test before the completion of their 14 day quarantine in government arranged accommodation.

The majority of COVID-19 cases in Queensland have been acquired overseas or interstate.

Getting tested before you leave quarantine will help us find as many cases as possible and limit the possibility of the cases entering our community. This will ensure we are doing everything we can to manage Queensland’s response to the pandemic.

Those who do not agree to take a COVID-19 test will have their stay in quarantine extended by an additional ten days, at their own expense.

Maritime crew

Maritime crew entering Queensland to join a vessel or sign off  a vessel need to comply with the Protocol for Maritime Crew.

Air Crew

  • Airline crew arriving from overseas can quarantine in nominated premises until their next voyage or 14 days after their date of arrival in Queensland, whichever is shorter.

For full details, read the Self-quarantine for Persons Arriving in Queensland From Overseas Direction (No. 5).

Questions and Answers about this Direction

Do I have to quarantine when I arrive in Queensland from overseas?

Everyone entering Australia must go into monitored quarantine in hotels or other designated facilities for 14 days in the city of their arrival. Accommodation will be provided for the quarantine period but you will need to pay for it.

I am returning to Australia but I don’t feel sick, do I need to quarantine?

Yes, you will need to quarantine. You will be issued a quarantine notice for 14 days even if you are feeling well if you have been overseas. You will be quarantined in appropriate accommodation for 14 days.

While you’re in quarantine, if you start to feel unwell, you should get medical help. Call your GP or emergency department before visiting. Tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel, so they can prepare for your visit.

How do I get groceries/medication delivered while in quarantine?

People who have been quarantined with no other means of support can call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 to arrange the non-contact delivery of essential food and medication.

Why can’t I quarantine in my own house?

Quarantine for persons arriving in Queensland from overseas must be in Government provided accommodation.

How do I get from the airport to the accommodation to quarantine?

After completing immigration and customs you must travel directly, as told by a relevant authority, from the airport to the nominated premises.

Can I leave the accommodation during my 14 day quarantine period?

No. You must not leave the nominated premises for 14 days, except:

  • for essential medical care or to get essential medical supplies; or
  • to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm (e.g. escaping a risk of harm related to domestic and family violence); or
  • in an emergency situation; or
  • as otherwise required or permitted under a direction given to you by a relevant authority.

Can I have people visit me while in quarantine?

No. You are not allowed to have any visitors, unless they:

  • live in the nominated premises; or
  • are providing emergency or medical care to a person living in the nominated premises; or
  • as otherwise required or permitted under a direction given by a relevant authority

Do air crew have to quarantine?

Air crew who arrive in Queensland from overseas must quarantine in their crew accommodation or residence until:

  • their next work voyage; or
  • 14 days have passed from their date of arrival in Queensland, whichever is shorter.

Air crew can leave their accommodation to carry out essential regulatory or safety flight related duties.

I’m the parent/guardian of a child arriving into Queensland on their own, do they have to quarantine before I see them?

You can meet unaccompanied minors at their point of arrival in Australia. You will then need to go with them to a nominated premises or place of residence. You will have to quarantine with them.

If an unaccompanied minor arrives in Queensland from overseas, they can travel to another State or Territory to quarantine at a home with their parent or guardian.

I’m a consular employee do I need to quarantine?

Yes. Consular employees who arrive in Queensland from overseas must quarantine but may do so in their residence.

I have a medical condition/live with a disability which means I am unable to live independently, can I quarantine with my carer?

People who need ongoing or regular support due to significant health needs, will need to quarantine with their carer.

What is the penalty if the direction is not followed?

If you don’t comply you may receive an on the spot fine of $1334, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,345 or 6 months imprisonment.

Questions about Maritime crew

What are the rules for maritime crew?

Maritime crew entering Queensland to join a vessel or sign off  a vessel need to comply with the Protocol for Maritime Crew.

Questions about testing

Will the test be carried out in my room? Do I need to leave quarantine to get tested?

The COVID-19 test will be carried out by trained clinicians within your government arranged accommodation.

How long will it take to receive my results?

Results are usually available within a couple of days after the test was taken. Your result will be provided before leaving quarantine.

How will I receive my results?

If the result is positive, you will receive a call from a public health doctor or nurse who will tell you what to do next.

If the result is negative, you will be contacted by the public health clinical support staff for your quarantine venue, this may be by phone or by SMS.

Can I be released from quarantine earlier than the 14 day period if I return a negative result?

People in quarantine who get tested for COVID-19 and the result is negative still need to remain for the full 14 day quarantine period.

What happens if I test positive while in quarantine? Will I have to pay for a longer stay in government arranged accommodation?

If your test is positive it is important that you isolate from others you may have been quarantining with. If you are quarantining with other family members, we will arrange another room for you so that you can isolate until you have recovered. If your clinical condition is such that you require hospital care, you will be transferred for isolation in hospital and further care.

Your isolation costs, whether they be in hotel or hospital will need to be paid by you.

If I refuse to be tested, do I need to pay for the extra 10 days in government arranged accommodation?

Yes. By getting tested before leaving quarantine you are helping us stop the spread of COVID-19 and protecting Queenslanders from the virus. We respect your right to refuse, however, you will be required to quarantine for a further 10 days until there is greater certainty that you do not have the virus. You will need to pay for costs of an extended quarantine period.

Do I need to have a test if I have no symptoms?

Yes. It is a requirement that all people entering quarantine in government arranged accommodation must be tested before leaving quarantine.

Getting tested before you leave quarantine will help us find as many cases as possible and limit the possibility of the cases entering our community. This will ensure we are doing everything we can to manage Queensland’s response to the pandemic.

Do I need to take another test if I tested negative for COVID-19 before travelling to Queensland?

Yes. Anyone who has travelled to Queensland from overseas or a declared hotspot will be asked to take a COVID-19 test soon after entry to quarantine and before the completion of their 14 day quarantine in government arranged accommodation.

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