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COVID-19 Information for Travellers


Where can I stay?

In relation to hostels, bed and breakfasts, backpackers and boarding houses, these:

  • May continue to operate for permanent and temporary residents traveling for a permitted purpose under the home confinement direction, and workers of the facility, with social distancing observed.
  • If you are a backpacker and a temporary resident at a hostel, you are subject to home confinement and should only leave the premises for the permitted purposes.
  • Limited to 2 people in common areas such as lounge rooms and shared facilities, with no more than one person per 4 square metres.
  • Limited to 2 people in outdoor areas, that is part of the facility, or near the facility, with social distancing observed.

If you do not comply with the public health directions, penalties will apply: $13,345 for individuals and $66,672.50 for corporations. It is possible the enforcement officer can issue on the spot tickets of $1,334.50 or $6,672.50 for corporations.

How to apply for visa extension

If you’re in Australia on a visa, you must apply for a new visa before your current visa expires. You may be eligible to be granted a bridging visa that will keep you lawful until a decision is made on your visa application. See what you need to do to stay longer.

Services relating to the visa application process may be impacted by COVID-19.

Looking for harvest work

If you are already in Queensland, you should secure employment before you move into a new area. If you’re looking for harvest work, it’s really important that you don’t just show up to a farm. A better way is to register your availability at Harvest Trail - You can also phone the National Harvest Labour Information Service on 1800 062 332.

If you are not currently in Queensland, and plan to work here, you will need to secure employment before you cross the border. Before you can enter Queensland, you need to apply for an entry pass at If you do not have an entry pass, you will not be allowed to cross the border into Queensland.

Below is some information that may be helpful to keep you safe and help you plan your next moves.


Researchers think that if everyone washed their hands properly, about 1 million lives would be saved every year. More info at Qld Health’s handwashing guide.

Translated resources

If you need some translated resources to help you understand your obligations, head to Queensland Health.

Food safety and hygiene

Transmission through food is unlikely and so far there is no evidence that people have become infected by swallowing the virus in or on food or drink.

All raw meat can contain other microorganisms that cause food poisoning. It is important that we continue good food hygiene practices such as taking care to prevent cross contamination and cooking meats, especially mince and chicken, thoroughly. Visit Food Standards Australia.

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