Entry requirements change for QLD freight

Queensland has removed the requirement for freight workers and truck drivers to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test to enter the state.

Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said the change follows a decision out of national cabinet.

“We thank all truckies, freight drivers, and the industry for their cooperation and patience over the last year,” said Bailey.

“There is no longer any requirement for freight and truck drivers to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test to enter Queensland.

“We have implemented a new F border pass for freight workers and truck drivers, which will still need to be completed to cross the border.

“Drivers must continue to monitor symptoms, and stay home if unwell, have tested positive, or have been deemed a close contact of a confirmed Covid-19 case.

“If a driver develops symptoms while in Queensland, they must immediately undertake a Covid-19 test and not continue their journey until they have a negative result.”

Bailey said other freight border entry requirement will remain including vaccination.

“Drivers will still need to provide proof they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and complete the F border pass,” he said.

“Freight workers and truck drivers are absolutely essential to keeping food on the table and rebuilding our economy, and I cannot thank them enough for their efforts over the last two years.

“We understand it has been a challenging time for the industry and will continue to support the industry as we have done throughout the pandemic.

“This is one step which will make it easier for them to work in Queensland, and we will continue to adjust the protocols to reflect the health situation.”

Changed requirements
Freight and logistics operators are no longer required to:

  • Show evidence of a negative Covid-19 result before entering Queensland.
  • Keep records of proximate contacts whilst on duty in Queensland.

Retained requirements
Freight and logistics operators must:

  • Hold a valid F Pass (Freight and Logistics).
  • Be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Immediately undertake a Covid-19 test (PCR or RAT) if you develop symptoms consistent with Covid-19.
  • Not continue the journey until a negative test result is received, or they have ended their isolation as permitted under a Queensland Public Health Direction.
  • Check in at all venues and document all interactions by registering applicable QR codes.

The Queensland Freight Protocol, according to the Department of Transport and Main Roads, is necessary to manage the risk of transmission of Covid-19 from freight and logistics operators who are travelling to and from Queensland.

Knowingly providing false, misleading or incorrect information is an offence under the Public Health Act 2005 punishable by a fine of $4,135, or a court imposed penalty of up to $13,785.

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