Vaccinated domestic travellers who fly into Queensland, and have external access to their homes, will be allowed to quarantine at home as soon as 70 per cent of state residents are fully vaccinated.

Previously, the state government planned to allow home quarantine for fully vaccinated domestic travellers who tested negative on November 19, and only for people in the southeast.

However, home quarantine will be allowed as soon as 70 per cent of eligible Queenslanders are fully vaccinated, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath announced on Wednesday.

She says anyone living within a two-hour drive of an airport, who has external access to their homes, can home quarantine for 14-days.

D’Ath says applicants must be fully vaccinated, fly into Queensland two weeks after their final dose and have a negative PCR test 72 hours before travel.

“People who meet this criteria will have the certainty to now start booking flights to come back to Queensland,” she said.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath. File image.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath. File image. Credit: Jason O’Brien/AAP

“If you meet this criteria you will be able to fly in from November 19 and it’s possible we will hit the 70 per cent double dose earlier than that.”

The state sits at 67.8 per cent fully vaccinated on Wednesday, with 79.8 per cent of the population having had their first dose.

D’Ath urged Queenslanders to get fully vaccinated, saying opening up the state to “thousands” of visitors from November 19 would come with a risk.

“This is the right thing to do. It is a balanced, reasonable approach to let people come into Queensland but it does come with a risk,” she said.

“Thousands of people will be able to come into Queensland from November 19 who have been in hot spots.

“This means there is more reason than ever for people to come out and get vaccinated today to get the protection that they need because this virus is going to come into our community.”

Queensland will scrap quarantine for fully-vaccinated domestic travellers who test negative when the state hits the 80 per cent double dose target, or December 17 at the latest.

Once 90 per cent of eligible Queenslanders are vaccinated quarantine will also be scrapped for fully-vaccinated international travellers who test negative.

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