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From January 1 arrivals in Queensland from interstate hotspots will no longer require a PCR test but will be able to use a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) to meet border testing requirements.

Queensland’s Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement this morning.

‘From Saturday January 1, travellers from interstate hotspots will no longer need to produce a negative PCR test to gain entry into Queensland.,’ said Ms Palaszczuk on her social media account.

‘Travellers can use a Rapid Antigen Test to satisfy border pass requirements. This change will come into effect from midnight January 1.’

The change comes as Queensland has seen a surge in cases with 1,158 new cases in the las 24 hours according to the Queensland Health website.

Queensland currently has 86.1 per cent of the population fully vaccinated and currently no COVID-19 patients are in ICU.

‘To travel here, you must have a valid border pass and return a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel,’ said a Queensland Health spokesperson.


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