COVID-19 Travel Approval Process

18 May 2020

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)

See below FAQ ‘Travel Approval Process’ for the mandatory travel approval requirements effective from 18 May 2020 until further notice.

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 (and compliant with government restrictions) 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.

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.

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