Qld to decide on Adelaide travel next week

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged patience as she decides on Adelaide travel.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged patience as she decides on Adelaide travel.

The Queensland government will wait another week before making a decision on reopening its border to greater Adelaide "before Christmas" as thousands of visitors from southern states prepare to flock to the Sunshine State.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged people in the SA capital to be patient after a briefing with the Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young on Monday.

She says Dr Young and Queensland Health need more time to assess the coronavirus cluster in Adelaide.

"Of course we do have that aspiration that everyone can travel freely before Christmas, so I'm just asking people to please be patient for another week so they can do some further detailed analysis about that." Ms Palaszczuk told reporters.

Queensland closed the border to 20 local government areas in greater Adelaide on November 16 after a virus cluster emerged there.

The SA government has now largely suppressed the outbreak, which grew to 33 cases, after a brief lockdown.

However, Dr Young is concerned that large numbers of people Adelaide are still being asked to self-quarantine and that pop-up testing sites are still being rolled out.

"It looks good there now at 33 cases related to that cluster, they still are continuing to have cases and continuing to have areas of concern," she said.

Meanwhile, thousands of NSW residents and Victorians will flock to Queensland after the state reopens to its southern neighbours on Tuesday.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said Brisbane airport is expecting 6000 arrivals on the first day.

He said Virgin Australia was offering 38,000 seats on flights between Queensland and Victoria and 65,000 seats between his state and NSW in the lead-up to Christmas.

Qantas and Jetstar will operate 250 flights between Sydney and Queensland and 160 flights between Victoria and the Sunshine State every week.

"For a while now Queenslanders have had Queensland to ourselves and now we're happy to share it with our friends from NSW and Victoria, friends and family from there," he said.

Queensland's road border checkpoints will also start being removed from 1am on Tuesday with border passes to be scrapped.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski asked for motorists coming from northern NSW to be patient as officers remove the checkpoints, particular in the Gold Coast and Goondawindi areas.

"Please work with us and be aware of that," he said.

Commissioner Gollschewski warned that police will still be randomly intercepting vehicles crossing the border to check if any Adelaide residents were trying to sneak across.

He said residents of the SA capital were not allowed to enter Queensland by road and had to fly in and he flagged that police would be checking flights from Sydney and Melbourne for Adelaide residents as well.

Anyone caught will be ordered into mandatory two-week hotel quarantine, which they will have to pay for themselves.

"Whilst it's almost Christmas a little early for us, it's a great outcome, but COVID is by no means finished for us. So our quarantine in Queensland will continue for the foreseeable future," Commissioner Gollschewski added.

Australian Associated Press