In welcome (and long-awaited) news from the Sunshine State, Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on the morning of Thursday, January 28 that the state would open to all of New South Wales from February 1– and yep, that includes the Greater Sydney region.
Travel to and from Queensland has been dogged for much of the past year. The state opened its borders with regional NSW on November 3, 2020, and proceeded to open to Sydney on December 1 – but this relaxation of border restrictions lasted mere weeks, as travel between the states was again halted on December 21, leaving many holiday-makers unable to visit friends and family or go on planned trips over the Christmas and New Year period.
The news of Queensland opening its border with NSW comes after NSW recorded its 10th consecutive day with no new local cases on January 27. From February 1, there will be no need for NSW arrivals into Queensland to isolate for 14 days.