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AFTA welcomes QLD Government decision on international arrivals

20 Jan 2022: Peak body the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) welcomes the QLD Government’s announcement that fully vaccinated international arrivals will be able to enter without quarantine from 1am, Saturday January 22.

Rather than having to quarantine, fully vaccinated arrivals will be required to have a RAT within 24 hours of arrival. Unvaccinated international travellers who have Commonwealth approval to enter Australia will be required to quarantine for 14 days in a QLD Government nominated facility.

Quotes attributable to Australian Federation of Travel Agents CEO Dean Long (who is available for interview):
“The Queensland Government’s decision to allow fully vaccinated international arrivals to enter the state without having to quarantine but instead take a RAT within 24 hours of arrival is a very welcome step toward travel returning to normal.”

“The return to more normal international travel conditions for vaccinated international arrivals into Queensland brings another important tourism market back on line globally. We thank Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Tourism, Stirling Hinchcliffe for providing a firm date for this which AFTA has been seeking for some time. This also provides an incentive for Queenslanders who have not been fully vaccinated to get the jab and move to a living with COVID mindset which includes holidaying domestically and internationally.”

“But it’s a long runway to recovery for Australia’s travel retailers. Australia’s travel agents and businesses have been in hard lockdown for almost 700 days and, with no end in sight, we need the Federal Government to provide financial support so we can continue to support travelling Australians. Travellers need travel experts now more than ever and the percentage of all international travel out of Australia booked through travel professionals is rapidly rising from the 7 in every 10 bookings pre-COVID.”

“Australia is only going to have a healthy inbound travel sector if our outbound sector is also healthy and that’s not going to happen without ongoing support until international travel returns to normal.”

“There’s still no clear roadmap for cruise re-opening, international and domestic air is and will be significantly constrained for some time and 53% of bookings are using existing credits which require additional support from agents for little revenue. This will not normalise before mid 2022.”

Media Contact: LJ Loch 0488038555 lj.loch@afta.com.au