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'Credit To All Australians': QLD Reopens To VIC And Sydney, WA To Follow Suit

Queensland's border has reopened to travellers from Victoria and Greater Sydney, amid hopes it will lead to a much-needed economic boom in the state.

Thousands of southerners are flocking to the Sunshine State after COVID-19 hotspot declarations were lifted from 1 am on Tuesday.

"Queensland's health-led economic recovery is set to really take off ... and with that will come more jobs for Queenslanders," Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

About 6000 people are booked to fly into Brisbane airport from NSW and Victoria on Tuesday, with numbers expected to soar in the coming days.

Virgin Australia will make more than 100,000 seats available to travellers from the two states before Christmas and the Qantas Group has scheduled 410 flights per week, Mr Miles said.

"Tourism industry sources tell me anecdotally they are already experiencing a significant uplift in activity, with one booking agent reporting a 300 per cent increase in the number of calls."

Tourists are expected to spend $3.5 billion in Queensland in the coming month, which Mr Miles said would lead to more businesses reopening and people finding employment.

Queensland has also scrapped the border pass system and work has started to remove the road checkpoints along the southern border.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski asked motorists coming from northern NSW to be patient ... particularly in the Gold Coast and Goondawindi areas.

Police will continue to randomly intercept vehicles crossing the border to check if any travellers from Greater Adelaide are trying to sneak into Queensland.

Travellers from that hotspot will have to wait another week to learn if a welcome mat will be thrown out to them.


Western Australia will reopen its borders to NSW and Victoria from December 8, Premier Mark McGowan has confirmed.

Travellers from those states will no longer be required to quarantine for 14 days, having endured almost nine months of restrictions.

It means WA has removed border controls for all states and territories besides South Australia, which continues to grapple with a community outbreak.

Travellers will still be required to undergo health screening and a temperature check at the airport, complete a G2G pass outlining recent travel and take a COVID-19 test if necessary.

"I'd like to acknowledge and thank everyone for their patience and understanding," Premier Mark McGowan told reporters on Tuesday.

"It's been a long wait.

"As a country, I'm so relieved we've gotten to this point. It's a credit to all Australians that we are nearly at the point of eliminating the virus in the community."

Victoria has already reached WA's criteria of 28 days without community transmission to qualify for eased border rules, while NSW has now gone 24 days without a locally-acquired infection.