Queensland has removed the requirement for freight workers and truck drivers to provide a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to enter the state.
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.
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,” Bailey said.
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“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.”
Bailey said other freight border entry requirements 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.
Border passes are available at https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass/freight-and-logistics