Current as of January 18, 2023

Queensland’s fourth Covid wave is officially over, with the state moving to a green alert setting. This indicates that there are low rates of community transmission and the state is no longer in a Covid-19 wave. It is recommended that Queenslanders continue to stay home if they’re sick, keep up to date with vaccinations and maintain good hygiene.

Masks only need to be worn if required by a healthcare provider, venue or household.

If experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, it is important to take a rapid antigen test (RAT) and report it through the Queensland government website.

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Close contact rules

You are considered a close contact if:

  • You are living with someone infected with the virus.

  • You have spent four hours or longer with someone in a home, or a health or aged-care setting since they developed COVID.

The following changes to Queensland's COVID-19 close contact rules are currently in effect:

  • Close contacts no longer required to quarantine provided they have no symptoms.

If you're a close contact, you can continue your daily routine provided that you:

  • Test negative every second day for a week from the day of becoming a close contact (day 0, 2, 4 and 6). A self-test using a RAT kit will be allowed, testing does not need to occur at a testing clinic.

  • Wear a mask outside of home for seven days.

  • Don’t visit any vulnerable settings for seven days.

  • Let your employer know you are a close contact, and work from home if possible.

Anyone who has any COVID-19 symptoms must isolate at home until symptoms resolve, even if they test negative on a RAT.


International arrivals rules

International arrivals (vaccinated or unvaccinated) don't need to quarantine provided that they:

  • Have no COVID-19 symptoms

  • Test negative within 24 hours of arriving, or if any symptoms develop

  • Don’t visit any vulnerable settings for seven days

Anyone who has any COVID-19 symptoms must isolate at home until symptoms resolve, even if they test negative on a RAT.


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Information sourced from: ABC #1, ABC #2, and Queensland Government

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