Qld premier says quarantine could go early

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The Queensland premier says quarantine could be scrapped for domestic travellers earlier than expected, admitting many people stranded interstate are waiting for that to happen.

Home quarantine is being offered to domestic arrivals from COVID-19 hotspots now that more than 70 per cent of Queenslanders are fully vaccinated.

Applicants must apply before travel, be fully vaccinated, test negative for the virus and fly in.

A quarantine residence must be within two hours' drive of an airport, and have direct outdoor access rather than a shared indoor entrance.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says a new application system will be online from 5pm on Monday, but people won't arrive immediately.

"They have to produce a negative test, so it may take them a couple of days, but it's still earlier than expected," she told reporters on Monday.

"It was supposed to be the 19th of November, and it's come forward."

The state plans to scrap quarantine for vaccinated domestic travellers once 80 per cent of Queenslanders are fully vaccinated, or December 17 at the latest.

Ms Palaszczuk admitted that many Queenslanders stranded interstate and other Australians are waiting for that change.

"I think a lot of people are gonna wait till we get to the 80 per cent double dose," she said.

"But this criteria is in place now for those who want to return home earlier, or for those people who have purchased properties, to come and live in paradise."

Given that vaccine coverage had reached 70 per cent earlier than expected, Ms Palaszczuk said it could also reach 80 per cent earlier.

That would allow quarantine for vaccinated domestic travellers could be scrapped earlier than planned.

"I don't want to get my hopes up, I don't want to get people's hopes up," the premier said.

"So we're on track for that 17th of December, it could come a few days earlier."

Home quarantine isn't available to people arriving by car, even if they can live within two hour's drive of the NSW border.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli said the government should properly explain why drivers, who live less than two hours from the border, aren't allowed to quarantine at home.

He said driving home without stopping appeared a lot safer than making people drive to Sydney and then fly into Queensland.

"That doesn't look like a protection mechanism," Mr Crisafulli told reporters.

"To me that looks like government pigheadedness."

The new home quarantine scheme is also set to free up hotel quarantine places for international arrivals.

However, the Queensland government is yet to lift the weekly international arrivals cap of 500 people.

There are still no restrictions or quarantine requirements for Australians who don't live in virus hotspots.

Queensland's vaccine drive has gathered pace since the government announced plans last week to ban unvaccinated people from venues when the 80 per cent target is hit.

The latest figures show 82.29 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have had one jab and 70.54 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The state on Monday recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and two in hotel quarantine.

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