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Quarantine in government arranged accommodation

In response to the global COVID-19 situation, anyone arriving in Queensland must quarantine if they have been:

  • overseas in the last 14 days (excluding travel on a quarantine free flight from a Queensland safe travel zone country)
  • in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter), and the place is a COVID-19 hotspot at the time they enter Queensland.

Mandatory quarantine is important to stop the spread of COVID-19.

You will need to stay in government arranged accommodation for 14 days unless you have received an exemption, which is rare.

People already in Queensland will be directed to quarantine if they have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You may be directed to quarantine in government arranged accommodation if your home is not suitable.

While in quarantine, Queensland Health and the Queensland Government COVID team will call and SMS you to check on your health and wellbeing. These calls may come from a private number, so we encourage you to answer it as soon as possible.

Fees and payment

If you are directed to quarantine in government arranged accommodation, you will have to pay some of the cost of your stay. The quarantine fee includes your accommodation and daily meals.

At the end of your quarantine you will be sent an invoice to pay within 30 days. You can apply to have the fee waived after you get the invoice.

Read more about quarantine fees and payments.

Testing

During your stay, you will be tested for COVID-19. If you do not agree to be tested, you must quarantine for a further 14 days until there is greater certainty that you do not have the virus.

You will need to pay for the cost of the additional 14 days.

Questions and Answers

Questions about quarantine

What is quarantine?

Quarantine is when people who are well but have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 have to stay away from others to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Quarantine means staying in your home or government arranged accommodation or at another quarantine address for 14 days  until the date that stated on your quarantine direction (if issued). You must avoid contact with other people, including receiving visitors and not leave. The quarantine period is 14 days from when you may have been in contact with the person with COVID-19. This is because you may be in the incubation period (the time between getting the virus and showing symptoms).

Who has to quarantine?

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, anyone arriving in Queensland must quarantine if, in the last 14 days, they have been:

  • have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter)
  • have been to an interstate exposure venue, at the relevant time and have been identified as a close contact
  • have been identified as a close contact by other means
  • are a secondary contact that resides in the same household as an identified close contact as specified in Schedule 1 of the Management of Secondary Contacts Direction.
  • have been overseas in the last 14 days (excluding travel on a quarantine free flight from a safe travel zone country)

When someone is directed to quarantine, they may be issued with a quarantine direction under the Public Health Act 2005. This is a legal notice. A secondary contact will be required to quarantine in accordance with a quarantine direction issued to the member of their household who is the identified close contact.

Who can direct a person to go into quarantine?

Under the Public Health Act 2005:

  • the Chief Health Officer can release a Public Health Direction stating that specific groups of people need to go into quarantine
  • an emergency officer can direct a person to go into quarantine.

You can be directed to quarantine either verbally or in writing, including as a text message, email or letter.  When you get given a written quarantine direction, you must complete quarantine, even if you have not been told verbally by an emergency officer.

Even if you don’t receive a written quarantine direction but are requested to quarantine by an emergency officer (public health), either verbally or via SMS you are still required to quarantine.

What is a quarantine direction?

A quarantine direction is a legal notice issued under the Public Health Act 2005 that may be given to a person who is directed to quarantine. If the close contact is a minor, the quarantine direction will be issued to the parent, guardian or responsible adult of the minor. The quarantine direction includes:

  • person’s name, date of birth, contact details and the address they advised where they will be quarantining (i.e. residential address or alternative address)
  • date that they are required to quarantine until
  • if applicable, children in the person’s care who are to also comply with the quarantine direction
  • penalty for not complying with the quarantine direction
  • link to further quarantine information.

A secondary contact will be required to quarantine in accordance with a quarantine direction issued to the member of their household who is the identified close contact.

Who is a close contact?

#closecontact

A close contact is someone that has been determined to be a close contact of a person with COVID-19 by a public health officer in Queensland or an interstate government authority. This may be someone who has:

  • had face-to-face contact for any amount of time
  • been to a venue or location where the risk of transmission is considered high based on public health assessment
  • been to an interstate exposure venue identified by another state, territory or New Zealand – even if the exposure venue has been assessed as casual or low risk by the state, territory or New Zealand
  • been identified by public health authorities to be at high risk for developing COVID-19 as they have or may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, e.g. in a school or other institutional setting
  • been confirmed as a contact by an interstate government authority.

What do I need to do if I have been directed to quarantine at home?

If you have been directed to quarantine at home, you must stay at the address for 14 days or the date specified on the quarantine direction from the date of exposure.

You cannot:

  • leave your home except:
    • in an emergency
    • to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm – for example escaping risk of harm related to domestic and family violence or accessing support from a domestic and family violence support service
    • to get essential medical care
    • to get a COVID-19 test
    • as required or permitted under a direction given by an emergency officer
    • to get essential medical supplies if you have a Chief Health Officer exemption to do so.
  • go into public places including your work or the shops. You will need to let your employer know that you cannot attend your workplace until the end of your quarantine period.
  • let anyone into your home unless they:
    • usually live with you
    • are required to enter in an emergency
    • are given permission by an emergency officer.

You can:

  • go into your garden or courtyard if you live in a house
  • go onto your balcony if you live in an apartment or are staying in a hotel.

If you are in quarantine and need help getting food or other essentials you should call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

What do I do if I live with other people if I’m quarantining at home?

If you live with other people, they may be categorised as secondary contacts and may also be directed into quarantine at home with you for the time you are required to quarantine. This will be determined at the time of initial assessment by a public health officer.

If living with other people, you must:

  • stay in your own room as much as possible, no one else should come into the room
  • only leave your room to use the bathroom or have fresh air breaks
  • use a separate bathroom if possible or clean the bathroom immediately after each time you use it
  • have meals and medicines brought to your bedroom door
  • wear a mask if you need to open your door and move through the home, always staying more than 1.5 metres away from other people
  • clean the home regularly, especially things people touch often like door handles and light switches
  • maintain good hygiene practices like washing hands regularly, avoiding touching your face (or others’ faces) and covering coughs and sneezes.

If living with other people, you must not:

  • go anywhere in the home where there are other people, wait until they leave the room or area
  • prepare meals for other people
  • share household items.

Everyone in the household should:

  • practise good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • practise physical distancing
  • monitor their health for any COVID-19 symptoms
  • follow any directions from a public health officer or emergency officer that may be specific to that household.

How can I get food and medication if I’m quarantining at home?

You can get food and medication while in quarantine by doing the following:

  • Ask friends or family members you don’t live with to get food and medication to leave at your door.
  • If you need a prescription filled arrange this with your usual pharmacist or GP. They can then deliver it to your home or you can let your friend or family member know where to collect the medication. Read more about getting medicines and accessing health services.
  • Arrange a food delivery service. Have all food left outside your home. Do not let any delivery person into your home.

Contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 for help.

Can home care and essential services like nurses still visit me at home?

These workers are not currently permitted to enter the home of a close contact in quarantine unless permitted by an emergency officer. Close contacts in quarantine should discuss their in-home care needs with public health officers. When visits occur, it is essential to wear a mask, practise good hand and respiratory hygiene and maintain physical distancing.

For more detailed information, please read the specific COVID-19 advice for in-home community workers on the Queensland Health website.

Do I have to have a test while completing quarantine at home?

Close contacts

If you are directed to quarantine at home, you will be emailed a laboratory form and will be asked to attend a test centre on day 12 of your mandatory quarantine period. If you do not get tested when asked to do so, your quarantine period will be extended.

Please wear a mask when you attend the clinic for testing. When you arrive at the clinic, tell the healthcare professionals that you have been identified as a close contact of a person with COVID-19, are in quarantine and are attending for routine day 12 testing. Even if you test negative on your routine day 12 testing you must stay in quarantine for the full 14 days until the date specified on your quarantine direction. This is because you could still develop COVID-19 towards the end of the quarantine period.

Secondary contacts

If you are a secondary contact you only need to get tested if:

  • you develop COVID-19 symptoms
  • any of the people in the house test positive for COVID-19, then everyone in the house will be considered a close contact of a confirmed case.

How can I travel for testing if I’m quarantining at home?

You are allowed to leave your home to attend a fever or respiratory clinicfor testing if permitted under a direction given to you by an emergency officer.

You should travel alone, use personal transport where possible, and must go directly to the clinic and return home straight away without stopping anywhere else (not even to get petrol). If you are unable to drive yourself, see if a member of your household or a friend can take you.

When travelling with other people, you must:

  • wear a mask at all times
  • sit in the back seat with the windows down
  • maintain physical distancing as much as possible
  • handle your own belongings
  • use hand sanitiser.

If you are unable to organise travel in a private vehicle, you can use a taxi or ride share service with the above-mentioned precautions. A taxi van or a taxi with a protective shield is preferred, if this is not available, you can travel by taxi or rideshare while sitting in the back seat on the passenger side.

When you arrive at the clinic, tell the health care professionals that you have been identified as a close contact of a someone with COVID-19 and are in quarantine.

What happens if I develop symptoms during quarantine if I’m quarantining at home?

If you or any other member of your household develops any COVID-19 symptoms at any time during your quarantine period please immediately isolate yourself from others and attend your local fever or respiratory clinic to get tested as soon as possible.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms that are life threatening or urgent:

Call Triple zero (000). Tell the operator that you are in quarantine.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms that are not urgent:

Call 134 COVID (134 268) to speak to someone about your health.

Which agencies may contact me during my quarantine?

If you have been issued a quarantine direction, the following Queensland Government agencies may contact you whilst you are in quarantine:

  • Smart Services Queensland – contact may be by SMS or phone call on a number of occasions to provide information about quarantine and testing
  • Health Contact Centre – contact may be by phone call or SMS on a number of occasions to check on your health, provide testing advice and answer any health questions you may have
  • Public Health Units or Department of Health/Queensland Health – contact tracing officers may contact you as part of their investigations.

When you are being contacted by a Queensland Government agency, the officer should always introduce themselves with their full name and the name of the agency they represent. When asked, they should also give you a contact number that you can call back on.

Be alert about COVID-19 themed hoax SMS and emails, for example, notifying people they are a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 case. These messages usually include a link to a non-government website or may ask to provide personal information, including banking details. You will never be asked for your banking details by a Queensland Government agency via an SMS. If you are unsure whether an SMS or email you received is genuine, you can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to check.

What happens at the end of my quarantine if I’m quarantining at home?

You can leave home quarantine if 14 days have passed since you had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and your day 12 test result is negative. If other household members are subject to the same quarantine requirements as you, they may also leave home quarantine.

A quarantine release notice is not essential and is currently not routinely provided.

You must continue to practise physical distancing and good hand and respiratory hygiene. If you become unwell and have any cold or flu-like symptoms return home straight away and contact your doctor.

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

Everyone entering Australia from overseas excluding travel on a quarantine free flight from a Queensland safe travel zone country or people transiting through Queensland before boarding another international flight, must go into quarantine in government arranged accommodation for 14 days in the city of their arrival at their own expense.

I have already quarantined for 14 days in another state or territory, do I have to quarantine again in Queensland and pay the fee?

No, you only have to quarantine for 14 days in the state or territory you arrive in.

If the location you are quarantining in is a COVID-19 hotspot, you will not need to quarantine again when you arrive in Queensland – subject to the following conditions. When you arrive in Queensland, you will need to provide written proof to an emergency officer that you have completed your mandatory hotel quarantine in another state, that you have had a COVID-19 test in quarantine and received a negative result, and that you travelled on a direct route in private transport or as arranged by a government authority from the hotel to the airport. During this travel time you must have worn a mask and you must not have left the confines of the airport.

If you have completed quarantine in another state or territory and have since travelled to Queensland (meaning you are already here on day 16 or 17) you must still get a day 16 or 17 test. While waiting for your day 16 or 17 test results, you must comply with post-quarantine requirements until you receive a negative result. This includes:

  • no or minimal contact with the Queensland community
  • not attending any type of work
  • not entering residential aged care facilities, shared disability accommodation services or a hospital unless it is an emergency or to get a COVID-19 test.

Can Queensland residents quarantine in their own homes?

Quarantine must be in government arranged accommodation. Quarantine outside of government arranged accommodation will only be available in very limited circumstances.

You cannot arrange to quarantine at home or another pre-booked accommodation. This is due to the significant health risk that cannot be appropriately managed at other residences or accommodation providers. If the mandatory quarantine requirements are not strictly followed and people mix more easily in the community, there is unacceptable risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community.

What are the screening questions which may be asked on arrival to Queensland?

An emergency officer may require any person arriving in Queensland from overseas, including on a quarantine free flight, to answer questions or provide evidence about:

  1. whether the person has symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  2. whether they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  3. whether the person has been undertaking managed isolation or quarantine in a safe travel zone country in the past 14 days
  4. their name
  5. their date of birth
  6. their phone number while in Australia
  7. their intended address while in Australia
  8. their email address
  9. their flight number
  10. their flight seat number
  11. the places the person has been in the last 14 days before arriving in Queensland.

Where is government arranged accommodation available in Queensland?

The Queensland Government has arranged for quarantine accommodation in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns.

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

The Queensland Government has arranged for quarantine accommodation in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns.

When you arrive, transport from the airport to government arranged accommodation will be provided. You cannot take a taxi, rideshare or public transport to the premises.

What do I do with my pets while I’m in quarantine?

You will need to arrange for the care of animals prior to your arrival in Queensland.

Can I quarantine at a cheaper hotel, at home or with family or friends?

No. Quarantine for people arriving from overseas (excluding travel on a quarantine free flight from a Queensland safe travel zone country) or from a declared COVID-19 hotspot must be in government arranged accommodation unless they are otherwise directed by an public health emergency officer. You cannot arrange to quarantine at home or other accommodation. This is due to the health risk that cannot be properly managed at other residences or accommodation providers. In limited circumstances, you may be directed to quarantine at another place by an emergency officer.

Can I have people visit me while in quarantine?

No. You are not allowed to have anyone enter your room, unless they are:

  • needed for an emergency situation
  • staying in the premises for quarantine reasons
  • required to enter by an emergency officer to conduct a COVID-19 test
  • directed to enter by an emergency officer for an emergency and their contact details are recorded.

What emergencies will people be allowed to enter my quarantine room?

Emergency officers will allow people to enter your room for an emergency situation where it is not possible for you to be transported to hospital. Other emergencies could include emergency maintenance such as a broken pipe.

Do I have to quarantine in Queensland if it’s not my final destination in Australia?

Yes. If Queensland is not your final destination in Australia you must quarantine here before continuing your journey unless you are an unaccompanied minor. You do not have to quarantine if you travel on a quarantine free flight from safe travel zone country.

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

Unaccompanied minors must quarantine for 14 days in a nominated premises and they must stay with a parent, guardian or other responsible adult if they are coming from overseas (excluding travel on a quarantine free flight from a safe travel zone country) or a hotspot. They cannot quarantine at a residence. Unaccompanied minors who arrive in Queensland from overseas can be accompanied from the airport by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult to a nominated premises to quarantine.

An unaccompanied minor who arrives in Queensland from overseas can also travel from Queensland to another state or territory to quarantine at a place of residence with a parent, guardian or other responsible adult, if it is allowed by the other state or territory.

A responsible adult is someone who has been given written consent by the child’s parent or legal guardian to complete quarantine in government arranged accommodation with them.

What happens if I have a long layover between my connecting international flights?

If you are arriving into Queensland from overseas and have a long layover before another international flight to leave Australia, there are different steps depending on how long your layover is:

  • less than 8 hours - you will have to stay at the airport and will not have to complete the Queensland International Arrivals Registration
  • 8 to 72 hours - you will be directed by an emergency public health officer to quarantine in government arranged accommodation. You will be required to pay for the number of nights you stay at the hotel if you are at the hotel for more than 24 hours.

Questions about opening your door in government arranged quarantine

Can I open the door of my quarantine room?

You can only open the door to your room for a permitted purpose if everyone inside is wearing a surgical face mask. You must wait one minute after staff have knocked on your door before opening the door. For example:

  • collect food, laundry or other items left at your door
  • place laundry, rubbish or other items directly outside your door in a sealed bag for collection
  • in an emergency situation
  • for safety reasons (to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm)
  • for essential medical care, including a COVID-19 test
  • as otherwise required or permitted under a direction given to you by a relevant authority.

What rules must I follow to go on my balcony?

#balcony-rules

When you go on your balcony you must practise social distancing, by staying 1.5 metres away from people on other balconies.

You must not:

  • pass food or other items out of your balcony
  • climb out of your balcony
  • allow anyone to enter your balcony
  • accept any other items on to your balcony
  • physically interact with neighbouring guests across balconies.

Who doesn't have to wear a face mask in quarantine?

There are some exceptions to wearing a face mask when opening the door to your quarantine room. These exceptions include:

  • children under 12
  • anyone who has a medical condition or disability that may be made worse by wearing a mask – for example, a person who has breathing difficulties, a serious skin condition on their face, a mental health condition or psychological impacts from experienced trauma.

What sort of face mask can I wear?

You can wear a single use surgical mask with a minimum level 1 barrier protection (Australian Standard) that covers your nose and mouth.

You cannot wear a scarf, bandana or face shield.

Where can I find information on how to correctly wear a face mask?

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

Questions about leaving government arranged quarantine

What if I decide I no longer want to remain in Queensland after starting my quarantine?

Arriving from Overseas

If you arrive in Queensland from overseas you will have to quarantine in government arranged accommodation for 14 days, at your own expense. You cannot leave quarantine to travel interstate or overseas unless you have an exemption from the Chief Health Officer.

If you come to Queensland from a safe travel zone country and you are directed to quarantine, you will only be able to leave quarantine early if allowed by an emergency officer or if you are granted an exemption by the Chief Health Officer.

You will have to quarantine if you haven’t travelled on a quarantine free flight or from a country that is not a Queensland safe travel zone country. If you have been in a place outside of Australia in the 14 days immediately before you enter Queensland, you will have to follow the requirements under the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction.

Arriving from a hotspot

If you arrive in Queensland and you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the start date identified for the hotspot (whichever is shorter), and have not been overseas in the last 14 days, you will need to quarantine in government arranged accommodation for 14 days.

If you decide you do not wish remain in Queensland after starting your quarantine, you can leave quarantine prior to completing the full 14 days to immediately leave Queensland without stopping, provided you:

  • wear a mask and travel by an endorsed transport provider
  • have received a negative COVID-19 test result while in quarantine.

Close contacts and interstate exposure venues

If you are identified as a close contact or you have been to an interstate exposure venue at the relevant time you will be contacted by a public health emergency officer and be required to get tested and quarantine as per their instructions. You cannot leave quarantine early unless you have an exemption from the Chief Health Officer due to the increased public health risk.

If we can’t find the people who had been in close contact with a person who tested positive, we will issue an alert on our website and through media and social media. This lists the dates, times and places where the sick person was will be listed on our website. We ask the public who may have had contact with that person at one of those times or places to contact us. If you have travelled interstate you should keep up to date with the latest public health alerts of as listed on the other relevant state or territory government’s website. If you have been in an exposure site you should call 134 COVID ( 134 268 ), you will be required to get tested immediately and follow the public health advice of the relevant jurisdiction.

If I am currently in mandatory quarantine due to entering from a country that has since become a safe travel zone country for Queensland, can I leave quarantine?

If you entered Queensland from a location that has since been declared a Queensland safe travel zone country, you can leave quarantine.

You must complete the following before you can leave quarantine:

  • declare in writing that you haven’t been in a country that is not a safe travel zone country in the last 14 days
  • provide your contact details and an address where you’ll be residing in Queensland
  • have a negative COVID-19 test while in quarantine
  • declare you have not been to any of the listed interstate exposure venues and commit to monitor the list of interstate exposure venues daily (at least once every 24 hours) from the time you complete a Queensland Entry Pass and for 14 days after arriving into Queensland

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

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

  • in an emergency situation
  • for safety reasons (to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm)
  • for essential medical care at a hospital, if allowed by the authority
  • to depart on a connecting international flight
  • as otherwise required or permitted under a direction given to you by a public health emergency officer.

If I need to leave quarantine for an essential reason, how do I get to my destination?

If leaving quarantine for medical care at a hospital, you must travel in an ambulance.

If leaving quarantine for any other allowed purpose, you must travel in an emergency services vehicle or transport arranged by a government authority. From 9am AEST 21 May 2021 if leaving quarantine for any other allowed purpose, you must travel in an ambulance or by a government authority endorsed transport provider with a transport plan.

Questions about government arranged quarantine service inclusions

How will my accommodation be organised?

When you arrive in Queensland from overseas (excluding travel on a quarantine free flight from a Queensland safe travel zone country) or from a declared hotspot or if you are identified as a close contact needing to quarantine in government arranged accommodation, you will be given a mandatory 14 days quarantine notice and required to go straight to your government arranged accommodation.

Your accommodation and daily meals will be managed by Queensland Government.

Following the quarantine period, you will be invoiced for a contribution to the cost.

How can I get essential items when I arrive, e.g. nappies or medication?

You will receive an information pack at your accommodation listing the local services available. You can order takeaway like UberEats, and supermarket deliveries or arrange for friends and family to drop off food and other items. Please check with the hotel concierge on the preferred drop off method.

There will be people at the accommodation to support you. You can also call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

Do I have to pay for the hotel food if I provide my own?

Yes. Daily meals are included in the quarantine fee and there is no option to exclude them. All accommodation providers cater for a wide variety of dietary requirements. Please tell hotel staff if you have dietary requirements when you arrive.

Please note there will be no cooking facilities available in your room.

How will my food be delivered?

Food will be delivered to your room by ‘contactless delivery’. Hotel staff will explain how this will work.

You can only open the door to your room if everyone inside is wearing a surgical face mask. You must wait one minute after staff have knocked on your door before opening the door.

Can I order food and drinks online?

Yes, you can buy food and drinks online to be delivered to the hotel and staff will bring it to your room. You will be charged for hotel quarantine meals even if you don’t eat them.

Check the hotel rules about buying and drinking alcohol. Hotels practice responsible service of alcohol and deliveries are recorded. You are allowed the equivalent of six 330ml cans of beers (6-9 standard drinks), or one bottle of wine (7-8 standard drinks) per day.

Any excess alcohol will be stored on your behalf until you have completed your quarantine period.

What if I have dietary requirements?

Let hotel reception know if you have any dietary requirements when you check in.

I am travelling with a friend, can we share a bed and the cost of a single room?

If you have been travelling with a friend and this request can be accommodated, then the cost of the room provided can be shared for the full quarantine period. However, each person will be charged for the meals provided.

Can I pay to upgrade my hotel room?/ Can I request a room with a balcony?/ Can I choose my own hotel?/ Can I change my room?/ Can I choose which government hotel I go into? / If we are a family with children, can we get an apartment?

No. All rooms are pre-allocated. All attempts have been made by the Queensland Government to source suitable accommodation for quarantine purposes.

Room changes are not allowed unless medically required or in exceptional circumstances. There may be additional costs for room changes. Call hotel reception to request a Room change form.

What is included in the quarantine fee, e.g. Wi-Fi, gym, pool, minibar, Foxtel, laundry etc.?

While in mandatory quarantine you will not be able to use any shared facilities at the hotel (pool, gym etc.) due to the requirement to remain in your room. There will be a minibar fridge in your room, but there will be no minibar menu items available for the duration of your stay.

On arrival at your government arranged accommodation full details will be provided as to Wi-Fi access, laundry facilities etc.

Questions about health and wellbeing during government arranged quarantine

Am I allowed to leave my room for fresh air or exercise?

We know how important it is to look after mental wellbeing, but we also know how important it is to keep Queenslanders safe and well.

Queensland Health does not support the provision of fresh air breaks during quarantine, as they pose a risk to the public health and safety of all persons involved.

Fresh air breaks are not allowed due to the potential spread of COVID-19.

What should I do if I am sick?

If you arrive in Queensland with any COVID-19 symptoms tell a health official immediately.

If you feel sick in quarantine tell the health support team or hotel staff immediately and stay isolated in your room.

Call emergency services on 000 if you are very unwell.

How do I get my medication while in quarantine?

If you have a current script, you can take a photo and send it to a local pharmacy. You will have to discuss payment and delivery of the medication with the hotel. Call hotel reception for local pharmacies.

If you don’t have a current script, you can book a telehealth consult with a Doctor. They can organise a prescription to be sent to a local pharmacy and medication delivered to the hotel. Call hotel reception for local Doctors.

How do I access First Nations medical services while in quarantine?

If you want to book a First Nations medical service, you first need a telehealth consult with a local Doctor. The Venue Health Manager can help you access Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hospital liaison services.

Can I use my nebuliser or CPAP machine while in quarantine?

Using a nebuliser or CPAP machine is not permitted while in quarantine. Nebulisers and CPAP machines have an increased risk of spreading viruses such as COVID-19 through aerosolisation. This means small particles containing the virus can flow through the air and spread more widely.

If you require the use of a nebuliser or CPAP or any other respiratory device, call reception for the health team to discuss other ways to manage your health conditions.

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

A person unable to live independently without ongoing or regular support, including disability support, due to significant health or disability needs, will be accommodated in a special needs hotel or may have their carer quarantine with them.

How can I look after my mental wellbeing in quarantine?

Looking after your mental wellbeing is even more important during times of uncertainty. Read our blog for some hints and tips or check out Queensland Health's Your Mental Wellbeing website.

We understand that measures put in place during the COVID-19 response, including mandatory quarantine, can be and have been difficult for some Queenslanders. There are people to support you during your quarantine. Queensland Health, as well as various government and community agencies, conduct regular wellbeing phone check-ups for people in mandatory quarantine.

If you are in mandatory quarantine and have any health concerns, please contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for 24/7 health advice. You can also call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

How can I stay connected with my friends and family during my quarantine?

Social distancing does not mean you cannot be social, keep the conversations going by:

  • chatting on the phone
  • having a video call
  • writing an email.

To find out more about how to stay in touch while being physically apart, read our blog.

How can I keep physically active?

Getting your body moving can improve how you feel physically and mentally. We suggest trying some of the:

Other questions about government arranged quarantine

Can I smoke while in quarantine?

You cannot smoke in your room. It is important you talk to the health support team if you smoke or are dependent on any other substance. The health support team can help you get the support you need during your stay.

You can call Quitline (13 78 48) between 8am and 9pm, 7 days a week to receive free nicotine replacement therapy patches that can be sent to you within one business day. The Quitline also provides free and confidential advice on how to quit smoking.

What do I do in an evacuation?

In an evacuation, follow normal hotel procedures. If safe to do so, wear a face mask and keep 1.5 metres from others. You will be given an extra mask to use in case of an evacuation. If you use this face mask, ask for a new spare one.

What happens when I complete my 14 days of quarantine?

Your hotel’s health team will talk to you about leaving quarantine. You will have to:

  • Arrange your selected departure time with reception
  • Wear your mask until you have departed the premises and on your transport home. If there are requirements for mask wearing in place at the time of your departure, you must follow these
  • Complete a discharge form – this proves you have finished hotel quarantine
  • The discharge form also outlines the requirements for you to have a COVID-19 test after leaving hotel  quarantine and to restrict your movements until a negative result is received
  • Give details that you can be contacted on for two weeks after leaving quarantine
  • Follow any other instructions as provided by the onsite health and QPS team.

You cannot stay in government arranged accommodation after your quarantine has finished. You must organise and pay for your own travel and accommodation after quarantine. Call hotel reception if you need help with this.

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

Yes. Consular employees who arrive in Queensland from overseas (excluding travel on a quarantine free flight from a Queensland safe travel zone country) must quarantine in a government arranged hotel or other government organised quarantine.

Questions about testing in government arranged quarantine

Why do I have to be tested for COVID-19?

In Australia, it is known that international travellers and people who have been in a hotspot are at a higher risk of having COVID-19.

You have to be tested so that if you are carrying the virus – even without showing symptoms – you do not pass it on. By getting tested you will help keep Queenslanders safe.

How often do I need to be tested?

You will be tested for COVID-19 on:

  • arrival at your government arranged accommodation; and
  • on day 5; and
  • on day 12 or 13 of your quarantine, even if you have no symptoms
  • 2 or 3 days after you leave government arranged quarantine.

Some children may only be tested on days 10 to 13. Call hotel reception to speak to the Venue Health Manager if you have any questions.

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

If you are in government arranged accommodation, trained clinicians will visit you at the hotel to undertake COVID-19 testing.

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.

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 responsible for your quarantine venue, this may be by phone or by SMS.

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?

No. 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. This is because you may be in the incubation period (the time between getting the virus and showing symptoms).

You can only leave quarantine earlier if you are in quarantine due to coming from a place that used to be a hotspot and is no longer a hotspot.

What happens if I develop symptoms during quarantine?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms that are life threatening or urgent:

  • Call Triple zero (000). Tell the operator that you are in quarantine.
  • If possible, call hotel reception and tell them an ambulance is coming.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms that are not urgent:

  • Call hotel reception and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms. The hotel will tell the Venue Health Manager.
  • The venue health team will contact you (during business hours) for an onsite COVID-19 test.
  • Outside business hours you can call 134 COVID (134 268) to speak to someone about your health.

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, we will arrange to transfer you to a hospital to isolate until you have recovered.

Your isolation costs, for when you have tested positive to COVID-19, whether they be in hotel or hospital will be covered by the government if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

What happens if my test is negative?

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

People in quarantine who get tested for COVID-19 with a negative result still need to remain for the full 14 day quarantine period. This is because you may be in the incubation period (the time between getting the virus and showing symptoms).

You can only leave quarantine earlier if you are in quarantine because you have been in a hotspot and it is no longer a hotspot.

If I refuse to be tested, do I need to pay for the extra 14 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 14 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.

What does the test involve?

For the COVID-19 test, secretions are collected from the back of your nose and throat using a swab. The test will be performed in your hotel room by a trained healthcare professional. They will ask you to stand in your doorway to sit or lie down comfortably, if you are unable to stand, tilt your head back and quickly insert a small swab with a soft tip into your mouth and into each nostril. You may experience brief discomfort, but the test will be over quickly.

How are children under the age of 12 tested?

Small children will need testing using a specialised swab, by a healthcare professional who has been trained to complete COVID-19 tests on children. Discuss your children’s testing with the health support team, when they contact you regarding your tests.

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 (excluding travel on a quarantine free flight from a Queensland safe travel zone country) or a declared hotspot will be asked to take a COVID-19 test soon after entry to quarantine, on day 5 and on day 12 or 13 of their 14 days quarantine in government arranged accommodation.

Is it safe for people to come into my room and test me?

Yes. Testing clinicians will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and they may also ask you to wear the appropriate PPE while getting tested or when leaving your hotel room. It is important you do not have any other visitors other than those who are exempt under the Direction.

Questions about requirements after completing and leaving government arranged quarantine

What do I need to do to leave quarantine at the end of my 14 days in government arranged quarantine?

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Testing

You must have had a COVID-19 test each time requested by an emergency officer, including:

  • as soon as you arrive in government arranged quarantine
  • on day 5
  • on day 12 or 13

You must receive a negative test each time you are tested.

If you refuse to be tested when requested, you will have to complete an additional 14 days quarantine in government arranged quarantine at your own expense.

Declaration/Chief Health Officer approved form

You must complete a Chief Health Officer approved form and declare:

  • whether you have any COVID-19 symptoms (If you have any COVID-19 symptoms you must tell the venue health manager of the government arranged quarantine)
  • you will get tested for COVID-19 2 or 3 days after you leave government arranged quarantine
  • you will contact 134 COVID (13 42 68) if you develop COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of leaving quarantine
  • you will get tested for COVID-19 if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of leaving quarantine
  • you will act on any advice provided by Queensland Health given to you via text message or any other means after you leave quarantine
  • you have provided accurate and valid contact details
  • the information you have provided on the form is true and correct to the best of your knowledge.

The responsible adult quarantining with a minor must make the declaration on behalf of the minor.

If you refuse to complete the form you will have to complete an additional 14 days quarantine in government arranged quarantine from the end of your quarantine period. If you refuse to complete the form on behalf of a minor you will need to complete an additional 14 days quarantine with the minor. You will not be required to complete the form at the end of your second set of 14 days quarantine.

What do I need to do after I leave government arranged quarantine?

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From 1 am AEST 7 September, until you get a negative COVID-19 test result from the test you get 2 or 3 days after you leave quarantine you must:

  • minimise your contact with the Queensland community
  • not attend any type of work (including essential work)
  • not enter a residential aged care facility, shared disability accommodation service or a hospital
    • you can enter a hospital to get essential medical care, as a responsible adult accompanying a minor to get essential health care, as a support person for someone getting essential medical care, to get a COVID-19 test, as told by an emergency officer.
  • collect and maintain written records of anyone you come into close contact with and provide these to an emergency officer or contact tracing officer if requested.

What if I can’t get tested 2 or 3 days after I leave quarantine?

From 1am AEST 7 September, if you cannot get tested 2 or 3 days after you leave quarantine due to circumstances beyond your control, you must present for a test as soon as possible. While you wait to get your negative test you must:

  • minimise your contact with the Queensland community
  • not attend any type of work (including essential work)
  • not enter a residential aged care facility, shared disability accommodation service or a hospital
    • you can enter a hospital to get essential medical care, as a responsible adult accompanying a minor to get essential health care, as a support person for someone getting essential medical care, to get a COVID-19 test, as told by an emergency officer.
    • collect and maintain written records of anyone you come into close contact with and provide these to an emergency officer or contact tracing officer if requested.

What does minimise your contact with the Queensland community mean?

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This means:

  • only leaving your residence for essential reasons
  • when you do leave your residence for an essential reason that you travel in private transport and do not use public transport.

Questions about 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.

Questions about maritime and air 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.

What are the rules for air crew?

All air crew arriving from overseas are required to follow quarantine requirements under the Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing for Air Crew Direction.

Questions about the Queensland International Arrivals Registration

Who has to complete a Queensland International Arrivals registration?

If you have been overseas in the last 14 days prior to arriving in Queensland, you must complete a Queensland International Arrivals Registration.

You don’t have to complete a registration if you arrived in Australia on a quarantine free flight from a Queensland safe travel zone country.

Children can be included on the registration of the parent, guardian or responsible adult they are travelling with.

International passengers can leave on another international flight that leaves from Queensland in line with the Australian Government Department of Health advice.

International passengers can transit through Queensland without quarantining or completing the Queensland International Arrivals Registration if you remain at the airport until your next international flight to leave Australia and your next flight is within 8 hours of your arrival in Queensland.

If you are an international transit passenger who has between 8 and 72 hours from your arrival in Queensland and your next international flight, you will be required to quarantine at government arranged accommodation until your next flight and complete the Queensland International Arrivals Registration.

What is the Queensland International Arrivals Registration?

The Queensland International Arrivals Registration requires you to answer the following questions:

  • What is your name?
  • What is your date of birth?
  • What is your primary residential address in Australia?
  • What is your phone number?
  • What is your email address?
  • When will you arrive in Queensland?

You will need to provide evidence of your identity if asked – this could include your Passport, Driver Licence or Medicare card.

You will also need to provide details of the parent, guardian or responsible adult who will quarantine with any unaccompanied minors.

Questions about endorsed transport providers

Endorsed transport providers

See more information on endorsed transport providers and for answer to commonly asked questions.

Questions about entering Queensland and quarantine

Can I travel into Queensland?

For details on who can enter Queensland from another state or territory, see the Border Restrictions Direction.

For details on who can enter Australia from overseas, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Why do I need to quarantine?

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, anyone arriving in Queensland must quarantine if, in the last 14 days, you have:

  • been overseas
  • been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot (and the place is a COVID-19 hotspot at the time you enter Queensland)
  • been in contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • or have had COVID-19 or any COVID-19 related symptoms
  • are a Queensland resident or New South Wales border zone resident who travelled outside the border zone in New South Wales.

Mandatory quarantine is needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Queensland.

This is in accordance with the Border Restrictions and Self-quarantine for Persons Arriving in Queensland From Overseas Directions.

People already in Queensland will be directed to quarantine if they have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You may be directed to quarantine in in government arranged accommodation if your home accommodation is not suitable.

Questions about fees and waivers

Why are quarantine fees being charged?

Mandatory quarantine is needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Queensland. The quarantine fee is proposed to reduce the financial burden of COVID-19 prevention measures on Queensland taxpayers. The total fee, which is a contribution to the overall cost of government arranged accommodation will help repay the government for the cost of providing quarantine to you.

How much will quarantine cost?/ How do I pay?

More information about quarantine fees and payment.

What if I booked my international flight before the announcement, do I still have to pay for the accommodation? / Can I apply for a fee waiver?

If your travel from overseas was booked before midnight 17 June 2020 (even if arriving after 1 July) you may be eligible for a fee waiver. However, you will still need to quarantine in government arranged accommodation for 14 days when you arrive.

If your travel from overseas was confirmed before 17 June 2020 but then cancelled or rescheduled beyond your control, you may still be eligible for a full or part waiver.

You will still be required to quarantine in the government arranged accommodation for the duration and an invoice for your stay will be issued. Upon receipt of this invoice, you will need to submit a request for waiver supplying the required evidence.

CriteriaMandatory evidence Other evidence that may assist

Transitional arrangements

  • Copy of Queensland Health invoice
  • Evidence of confirmed travel plans prior to the announcement of quarantine fees.
  • Cancellation notification by a third party
  • If State or Commonwealth exemption was issued to enter Queensland proof may be submitted.

More information about quarantine fees and payment.

What if I do not fit within any of these grounds but still want to apply for a waiver?

If you feel your circumstances should be considered but they do not fall within the above grounds and criteria due consideration will be given to the application.

When applying on these grounds, the following is considered mandatory evidence:

  • copy of Queensland Health invoice
  • statement of reasons.

Other evidence can be submitted at the discretion of the applicant.

More information about quarantine fees and payment.

I travelled to Queensland for work, can my employer be invoiced for my quarantine fee?

No. The quarantine fee invoice will be issued to the individual who was in quarantine. It cannot be re-issued in your employer’s name. It is the responsibility of the individual and employer to determine who will pay the invoice.

Can I receive a tax receipt once I pay for my quarantine as I want to claim the costs back?

When you pay using internet banking via BPAY then BPAY receipt is generated by a banking system and a similar scenario occurs with internet payments via direct debit, BPoint or Post BillPay. An invoice plus own bank records should be enough for supporting documentation to claim the costs back.

I have a flight stop-over in Queensland, will I be charged the quarantine fee?

If you are entering Queensland by air in order to transfer to another flight, you may be required to go into government arranged accommodation at the airport. You will not be charged a fee if you are in transit for less than 24 hours.

If you are required to be accommodated for over 24-hours an invoice will be issued and the fee will be calculated based on the time spent in government arranged accommodation.

I am from a non-English speaking background and did not understand that I was agreeing to pay the quarantine fee?

All people arriving in Queensland from overseas (excluding travel on a quarantine free flight from a safe travel zone country) have to quarantine in government arranged accommodation for 14 days, regardless of their cultural background.

Once the quarantine fee invoice has been issued by Queensland Government you have 30 days to apply to have the fee waived.

Information will be made available in many languages and should you or a family member require access to an interpreter please request from the hotel reception or through the Health Liaison Officer