The Australian Government continues to advise Australians to avoid all non-essential domestic travel to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Australian Government’s ban on Australians travelling overseas remains in place.

In a very limited set of circumstances, some domestic UQ travel may be approved. However, it is subject to demonstration of criticality to UQ operations or research, current government restrictions, public health rules including self-isolation protocols, and approval from senior executives.  

Outbound international travel remains prohibited and is not to be undertaken, booked or approval sought.

The University will continue to monitor the situation and reassess its travel position consistent with government advice and restrictions.

Updated travel approval process (as at 18 May 2020)

The following measures are for essential travel only and applies to all UQ travellers:

  • Intrastate travel – travel within Queensland that includes a flight or overnight accommodation requires approval from your USMG member.

Travel for field trips related to high-value and/or time critical research activities will be prioritised (subject to any government restrictions/permits).

  • Interstate travel – prohibited unless exceptional circumstances which requires the approval of your USMG member.
  • Inbound International travel – prohibited unless exceptional circumstances which requires approval from the Provost or the Chief Operating Officer.

In all situations:

  • No private travel is to be undertaken in conjunction with any UQ business travel.
  • All requests and approvals for travel are subject to:
  • Justification that the business travel is essential (as per government restrictions) and critical to UQ and cannot be completed via another medium (e.g. video conferencing)
  • Full compliance with applicable government guidelines and restrictions
  • Confirmation that funds to pay for the travel and associated costs are available
  • The traveller, travel endorser/recommender, and travel approver recognising the risks associated with the travel given that there is currently no travel insurance cover for any COVID 19 related claims.

Further information

UQ travellers who have booked, or are planning to undertake travel must read the travel and insurance information on the UQ Travel website COVID-19 FAQS.

Australian states and territories can apply their own travel restrictions and additional quarantine requirements. Information on government state and territory restrictions can be accessed through the Australian Department of Health website.

If you need urgent medical advice call 000.

Australian Government:

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