Do I need to be vaccinated to travel to the Whitsundays?

Updated 17/01/22

Whitsunday Travel COVID Information Vaccinations


Receive the most recent and accurate information regarding vaccination rollouts and travel restrictions from the Queensland Government website.


From 17 December 2021, the Queensland State Government will impose stricter regulations for unvaccinated people.

Queensland residents and visitors who are not fully vaccinated will be unable to participate in non-essential leisure activities, which includes all tours and outdoor entertainment experiences. This includes all of our tours and experiences available in the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef, as well as those from other agents and operators.

To be fully vaccinated, you must have two doses of TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine, including but not limited to Pfizer and Astra Zenica.

Many other services such as dining in at restaurants, pubs and cafes will be limited to only fully vaccinated patrons. Read more about restrictions for unvaccinated Queensland residents and visitors on the Queensland Health website.


Vaccination and travelling to the Whitsundays from within QLD

The Government has released a guideline roadmap for domestic travel within Queensland, with harsher restrictions coming into place on 17 December 2021 (predicted 80% vaccination rates). Both residents and visitors to the Whitsundays will be subject to these harsher restrictions.

Those travelling within Queensland are not required to be vaccinated, however, any unvaccinated visitors and unvaccinated residents will not be able to attend tours, restaurants, bars and cafes, limiting their ability to explore Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.

To prevent the spread, the Queensland Government has implemented mask mandates from 2 January 2022. Masks are to be worn until further notice in all indoor spaces except when at your own home or accommodation, while doing strenuous exercise or if it is unsafe. 


Vaccination and travelling to the Whitsundays from interstate 

As of 15 January 2022, any interstate travellers arriving into Queensland no longer have to:

  • Apply for a border pass
  • Provide vaccination status 
  • Provide a negative COVID-19 test result
  • Quarantine if you are unvaccinated

However, once in Queensland, harsher restrictions and travel mandates will be in place for both unvaccinated residents and unvaccinated visitors. These limit unvaccinated people from attending tours, restaurants, cafes, bars and some accommodation.

The Government has released a guideline roadmap for interstate domestic travel at various stages and dates of the rollout. Please keep in mind that this information is subject to change and depends on the speed of vaccination rates in Australia. Harsher restrictions and travel mandates will be in place for both unvaccinated residents and unvaccinated visitors. 

To prevent the spread, the Queensland Government has implemented mask mandates from 2 January 2022. Masks are to be worn until further notice in all indoor spaces except when at your own home or accommodation, while doing strenuous exercise or if it is unsafe. 

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms while in Queensland, check the current government regulations and find your nearest, registered testing clinic to get tested ASAP.


Vaccination and travelling to the Whitsundays from overseas 

As vaccination rates increase in Australia, international travel really is just around the corner! Check the Government’s guidelines for international travel rollout plan to assess whether overseas visitors can visit Queensland and see the beautiful, sunny Whitsundays. Harsher restrictions and travel mandates will be in place for both unvaccinated residents and unvaccinated visitors. 

Those travelling from a COVID-19 hotspot may be required to get a COVID-19 test prior to and during travel, as well as potential quarantine periods. Check the current government regulations and find your nearest, registered testing clinic.

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The Whitsundays looks forward to welcoming all visitors with open arms. Indeed, we all deserve a tropical getaway after the last tumultuous two years! For more guidance on travelling to the Whitsundays and COVID-19, read our handy pre-travel COVID-19 checklist.

For any questions regarding bookings, cancellations or queries, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced travel agents.

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