Travelling to the Whitsundays COVID-19 

Updated Mon 23 May 2022

Family of four running into the water for a swim at Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays.

There really has never been a better time to explore your own backyard and take a holiday to the world-renowned Whitsundays! After the last two years of travel restrictions the islands, reefs and waters are more pristine than ever and are ready to be discovered!

With our flexible cancellation policies and last-minute COVID cancellation deals, a getaway to the Whitsundays Islands has never been more flexible or realistic. 

We understand that travelling amidst a global pandemic can be a little stressful and full of questions about what is right and wrong. If you are unsure about booking or taking your holiday, have questions about where you can or can’t go, or just want to triple check all COVID bases are covered, follow our simple before-you-go COVID-19 checklist. We’re here to make your experience as worry-free, seamless and above all, COVID-safe as possible!

COVID-19 Whitsundays Checklist

Before you book & before you go!

1. Check your local area’s government website for any restrictions

Whilst Aussies are lucky enough to be able to travel within their own beautiful country due to the recent ease of travel restrictions, you never know when COVID-19 could pop up. It’s often hard to not hear about current restrictions in your area, yet we recommend double-checking for any current COVID-19 travel restrictions before you book your trip and before you leave on the Queensland Government website.

2. Check our local area’s government website for any restrictions

To check if there are any COVID-19 restrictions within the Whitsundays regional area, head to the QLD Health restrictions page. As of Thursday 14 April 2022, the Queensland State Government eased COVID-19 vaccination restrictions. Vaccination is no longer required to enter most businesses, services and activities within the state. The requirement to check in at these locations has also ended.

Additionally, if you are visiting the Whitsundays from anywhere outside of the Queensland state, as of 15 January 2022, you no longer have to: 

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

To read more about the current vaccination and face mask requirements once you've entered Queensland for your holiday, make sure to visit the Queensland Health website.

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3. Download the Check-In QLD app

From Thursday 14 April 2022, the requirements to check in at most businesses, services and activities via the Check-In QLD app ended. Venues include pubs and clubs, cafes and restaurants, theme parks, casinos, cinemas, weddings, showgrounds, galleries, libraries, museums and stadiums.

However, proof of vaccination and mandatory check-ins via the Check-In QLD app are required in vulnerable settings, such as hospitals and residential aged care. Read more about the mandatory vaccination requirements and check-ins at the Queensland Health website.

If you’re unfamiliar with the app, you can learn more about it and download it here.

4. Pack your mask

Whilst face masks only remain mandatory in health care settings, on public transport and rideshares, and in airports and on commercial flights, masks are still recommended whenever social distance is not possible. It never hurts to pack a mask on your next Whitsundays adventure, although we hope it can remain untouched at the bottom of your suitcase for the duration of your trip!

Read more about face mask requirements at the Queensland Health website.

Arrivals sign at the Whitsunday Coast Airport, Proserpine

5. Get vaccinated, if you can

There’s no denying it, the last two years have been a pandemic whirlwind, filled with lockdowns and travel disruptions. Now that travel restrictions have eased in 2022, we can't wait to welcome interstate and international visitors to our Whitsunday backyard with open arms!

When thinking about your travel preparations and keeping yourself and the community safe, the best thing you can do is get the jab if you have the ability and access. For more information on vaccine eligibility and administration centres, check out the QLD Health vaccination webpage.

6. Book a COVID discounted overnight or day boat

If you haven’t already booked an experience amongst the incredible Whitsunday Islands, check out our new system of last-minute COVID cancellation discounted rates. While these deals can be last minute, they are so good you might as well plan around them!

For those wanting to escape the crowds, the perfect way to ensure a COVID-safe, personalised holiday with your loved ones is aboard a deluxe private charter vessel

Overnight Sailing private charter in the Whitsundays COVID safe

The only thing left to do now is to pack your bags, arrive in tropical paradise and let the worries of the last few years drift away in the sea breeze… you deserve it! 

For more information, check out our extensive COVID-19 Whitsunday Guide to answer all of your Whitsundays travel questions!

For a free itinerary consultation, booking assistance or the best of Whitsundays travel inspiration, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team of locals experts.

Get in touch with a travel agent on +61 7 4914 2425 or live chat with us today!

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