Queensland Backtracks on PCR Certificate Rule For Travellers

Australians will no longer be required to pay about $150 for a PCR test certificate to show upon entry to the state of Queensland after days of confusion while the rule was challenged by federal and state politicians. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said Tuesday that Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had caused “unnecessary stress” for many people by declaring the rule change—which was quickly reversed. Previously, over the last 18 months, a free text message had been sufficient to show as evidence of a negative PCR test. Hunt took to Twitter to refute a claim by Palaszczuk, who framed the rule reversal as being the result of the federal government deciding to co-fund the tests. “I welcome the Federal Health Minister’s commitment to fund PCR tests required to enter Queensland from interstate hotspots,” Palaszczuk wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “I am pleased people can look forward to being reunited in time …

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