COVID-19: Queensland’s new Travel Declaration. Could they design something more confusing?
From 1 am on Saturday 19 June (tomorrow!) Queensland is introducing possibly the most complex system for interstate (and overseas) travellers wishing to enter the state.
Where do I begin! OK, first, I’m going to send you to the Travel Declaration page for Queensland. You need to visit this at least 3 days before you travel. The good news is it will take you 3 minutes to complete, and you will get a response by email almost immediately.
The bad news is which declaration you need to complete – either the Travel Declaration or the Border Declaration Pass will depend on some complex circumstances.
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This is intended to enable Queensland officials to contact you quickly if you have been in an exposure venue or hotspot. The type of declaration you need to complete depends on where you have been in the last 14 days, and this is where it gets complex. You will need to become familiar with ‘hotspots’ and ‘exposure venues‘ Also, the last update to the page as I write was 11 June, and cases in Sydney have occurred since them, so check for changes!
Also – you need to complete the declaration even if you are a Queenslander returning from interstate or New Zealand.
What it all means
If you haven’t been to a hotspot or exposure venue, sit back and relax. You will get a ‘Green Travel Declaration’. You should be in like Flynn. If you have been near a hotspot or exposure venue, then prepare yourself. You are looking at testing at various times, probably self-isolation or quarantine at you own expense. You will be awarded an orange pass. It all depends on whether you enter before or after something called the ‘identified date’.
Basically, if you have been to a hotspot – after the identified date – expect quarantine. If before, then you have to wait out to what would be 14 days since your exposure at a suitable isolation venue. If you visited after the ‘identified date’ – head straight to 14 days quarantine, do not pass go.
Remembering that you can cancel and rebook any fares through to the end of February 2022, this offer is worth booking some speculative travel.
I usually value status credits over points, but triple points is a good deal. Anyway if a good bonus status credits deal comes up – I can always cancel my triple points booking and rebook using the credit to gain the the status deal. Sorry guys, you can’t combine deals.
Qantas didn’t come down in the last shower, so don’t expect this triple points deal to be giving you the best fare prices (I haven’t checked this), and the same applies to those double status points offers if they return. I have no inside knowledge, but a triple points offer, often comes just before a double status credits offer. Just sayin’.
I’m going to stop there before I confuse you more than the Queensland Government website does. Suffice to say, there are some exceptions and some grey areas. You are best off checking the government website – or not visiting Queensland.