Queensland will open its borders to no one.

Or at least not anyone from Victoria or New South Wales, where new cases of COVID-19 are still being confirmed.

That is the stance being taken by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who says she is putting the health of the people she leads first.

She is facing pressure from some Queenslanders, the Liberal National Party, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and other states to remove a border block, and resume to pre-pandemic crossings.

However, it could be weeks or even months before that happens.

“The very, very earliest, and only if everything went absolutely perfectly, we might be able to think about opening up our border in July,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said on Wednesday.

“If the tourism industry wants a more realistic scenario they should be preparing for September.”


Dr Young says she herself would like certainty over when the border will open, but cannot commit to any timeframe.

She said a September re-opening may not even be feasible if interstate cases are not brought under control.

Senator Hanson said she had engaged a pro bono constitutional lawyer to represent businesses affected by the border closure in a High Court challenge.

“It is unconstitutional for Premier Palaszczuk to close Queensland’s border and her actions are causing me a great deal of concern for the economic viability of our state,” Senator Hanson wrote on Facebook.

Meanwhile travel restrictions within Queensland are slowly being eased, with trips of up to 150km from home now allowed.

The Liberal National Party says it is up to the premier to make the call on borders, but Annastacia Palaszczuk says her decisions are based on the advice she is getting from Dr Young.