**Passenger Update – SeaLink North Queensland Ferry Operations Covid-19 Requirements**
As of 5am this Friday the 17th of December 2021, the Public Health and Social measures linked to vaccination status will come into effect. For more information on this direction go to the Queensland Government Covid-19 link here.
What does this mean for you when you travel to Magnetic Island and Palm Island?
You will now be required to check in once onboard our vessels with the Check In QLD App for your trips to either Magnetic Island or Palm Island. Each vessel has their own unique QR Code, and our staff will remind you to check in once on board.
Please treat our crew with respect, as they are working to help keep you safe, so please always follow their instructions.
Continue to maintain good hand hygiene, hand sanitizer is available for your convenience.
If you are feeling unwell with Covid (flu-like) symptoms, please stay home and get tested.
It is mandatory to wear a mask in and around the terminals and on board our vessels. (As of 1am Saturday 18th of December 2021).
SeaLink North Queensland is providing public transport services to Magnetic Island and Palm Island, so passengers are not required to be vaccinated to travel on board our public ferry services.
What is the team at SeaLink North Queensland Doing?
All staff are required to declare their health and fitness status prior to starting shift, with vessel crew also Checking in via vessel QR codes.
All staff are trained and comply with our internal procedures to ensure a high standard of service, cleanliness and hygiene is maintained for our terminal and vessels.
It is mandatory for staff to wear a mask in and around the terminals and on board our vessels. (As of 1am Saturday 18th of December 2021).
All staff at SeaLink have been encouraged to get vaccinated due to the nature of our business.
Updated - 17th December 2021.
Please note: The National Cabinet has agreed that public transport services (trains, trams, buses, ferries) are essential and therefore exempt from the travel and social gathering restrictions at this time. However, wherever possible passengers should try to leave a gap while travelling on public transport.
At SeaLink Travel Group we are following the advice of the health authorities and the Federal and State governments when making decisions about our vessels, cruises, tours, accommodation and operations. We will keep you informed of any changes that will impact your trip with us as soon as possible.
For the timetable’s to Magnetic Island & Palm Island please see our latest updates here.
You should also keep up-to-date with the latest travel and health information from the Australian Government – visit www.health.gov.au or your state or territory government health department website for any additional controls.
We have provided the below links which you may find useful for you prior to travelling with us:
What are we doing to minimise the risk of COVID-19?
We have always had stringent and rigorous hygiene standards, cleaning procedures and health and safety practices. During this time, we have stepped our practices and procedures up even further.
Our staff have been briefed and trained on appropriate hand hygiene and sanitising practices. We will continue to monitor and maintain these practices in accordance with the health advice to ensure we maintain these to the highest standards.
All our operations have increased vessel, vehicle and room cleaning procedures and practices. Hard surfaces (such as tables, handrails, door handles, counters etc.) are being cleaned more regularly to minimise the risk.
Where possible we have made additional hand sanitisers and cleaning stations available to our customers and employees to exercise good hand/hygiene practices. We have also placed hygiene communications in our vessels, vehicles, accommodation, food venues, shop fronts/counters/terminals from the relevant health authorities.
In the unlikely event that a customer or staff member presents with symptoms, where possible we will supply them with a mask and follow the instructions and recommendations from the Australian Government Health Department. Click here for more information.
What can you do to minimise the risk?
Practicing good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best way to minimise the risk from COVID-19. You should:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
If unwell, avoid contact with others. Consider deferring travel and seek healthcare advice.
Exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).
If you are feeling unwell or want more information on the recommended personal control measures, visit www.health.gov.au.
Can I change my travel dates?
If you have an existing booking and were scheduled to travel and you wish to change your travel dates, we will waive any amendment fees if you book your travel dates within 12 months of the original booked travel dates.
Please note: If any third-party or supplier costs change before the new travel dates, additional costs may be incurred.
What if my trip is cancelled?
If you are scheduled to travel and either you or SeaLink Travel Group cancels your trip with us, you can either choose:
100% travel credit to use at a time that suits you on any of SeaLink Travel Group’s products (to use within 12 months of the original booking date), or
a 100% refund.
You should also check with your travel insurance policy for any information regarding cancellations.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support during these difficult times.
We can’t wait to welcome you back again soon to connect you with an experience that creates a brilliant lifelong memory.