Mon. May 23rd, 2022

From Monday, the so-called “Fort Queensland” opens up to interstate hotspots – just in time for family Christmas gatherings.

Fully vaccinated travelers will be able to arrive by road or plane without having to be quarantined, provided they have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival in Queensland, followed by a test five days after their arrival.

Here’s what we know about the latest test requirements.

Why test on day five?

Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken said authorities knew from practice that about 80 percent of the people who would test positive for COVID-19 would do so on day five.

He said about 87 percent were diagnosed on day seven.

“So we do not gain much by putting it out anymore, but by having it a little earlier, we pick up most people early,” said Dr. Aitken.

It is also in line with hotel quarantine arrangements that require guests to be tested on day five.

What if I spend less than five days in Queensland?

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said in the case that the day five test rule would not apply.

“If they have already chosen to leave the state, it does not matter to us, that is fine,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“[But] if you’re still in Queensland and you’re positive, we want to know … so we can protect you and the community. “

What if on day five I am on an island without test facilities?

The public health direction will allow for some nonsense.

“Where you can not get a test on that day because testing is not available, we make sure that the direction allows that person to get the test shortly before or shortly after, to still meet these requirements,” Ms. D ‘ Ath said.

To put it simply, if you are heading to an island with no test capacity, you should get the test either shortly in advance or the moment you leave the island.

What if my day five test falls on Christmas Day?

Mrs D’Ath said there would be some testing capacity that day “in public places”.

But authorities are still checking to see if private testing facilities will be open.

Should children be tested?

Yes. Queensland Health has confirmed that any child 12 months or older traveling into Queensland must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival.

They must also take a test on day five.

Do I have to isolate until I receive my day five test result?

When asked this question yesterday, Dr. Aitken: “No, as long as you’ve had that test.”

However, if the test gives a positive result, you will need to isolate and follow the public health guidelines.

Do I have to pay for my day five test?

Not if you are being tested at a state-run clinic.

COVID-19 testing is free at these facilities for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, anyone who is close or randomly in a confirmed case or has been asked to be tested as part of their quarantine.

It is important that it is also free for anyone required to have a test under a public health guideline – including domestic border rules.

A negative result received via SMS will suffice.

Queensland Health said the cost of COVID-19 testing at private testing facilities was determined and administered by the federal government through Medicare.

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Will I be fined if I am not tested?

Authorities said it would have consequences for travelers who deliberately disregarded the test requirement.

“The penalties are the normal sanctions that apply under the Public Health Directive,” Ms D’Ath said.

“This is not about using a stick and going in and fining people – it’s about people doing the right thing.”

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