Queensland has been closed off the NSW, Victoria and the ACT for months and even requires its own residents to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days when returning.
The harsh rules led to heart-breaking scenes on Father's Day when families were separated by bollards at the NSW-Queensland border.
Scott Morrison (centre with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, left, and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, right) wants Queensland to more quickly relax its border rules so families can be reunited
A home quarantine trial with 1,000 places began last week - but there are more than 13,000 people waiting to enter the Sunshine State.
The Prime Minister on Friday urged Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to 'rapidly expand' the home quarantine system.
'We have got home quarantine having begun in Queensland for some cases.
'I think we need to expand that very, very quickly, so we can get those Queenslanders home to Queensland,' he said in a press conference at Sydney Airport.
'You've all seen those reunification scenes as people have got back over the border into Victoria.
'There was a real Love Actually moment watching that happen, it was tremendous,' he said referring to the 2003 British romantic-comedy starring Hugh Grant and Keira Knightly.
Latest data on October 20 showed 13,335 people are waiting to have border pass applications processed by Queensland Police.
Queenslanders met with family at the NSW border on Father's Day due to the border closure
Between September 5 and October 18, there were 16,267 border pass applications submitted.
About one third were returning Queenslanders and two thirds were interstate residents moving to the Sunshine State.
Queensland on Monday announced it would not allow quarantine free travel until December 17.
NSW and Victoria will drop all quarantine requirements for the fully vaccinated from November 1.
The move has allowed Qantas to restart international flights ahead of schedule, with a Singapore travel bubble expected by November 23.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) announced she would not allow quarantine free travel until December 17
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce announced on Friday that flights from Sydney would begin to resume from as early as the end of November.
Singapore will be the first destination to reopen with flights restarting on November 23 - four weeks ahead of schedule.
Fiji will be next with flights beginning on December 7 - instead of December 19.
Johannesburg will welcome arrivals from January 5, Phuket from January 12 and Bangkok from January 14.
Qantas will also be launching a new route between Sydney and Delhi. Flights will begin from December 6.
International travel will kickstart weeks ahead of schedule with flights soon reopening to five major holiday destinations including Singapore and Fiji (stock image of a beach at Phuket)
Plans are also underway to reopen flights to Bali in time for Christmas.
Mr Joyce said it was big news for Australia in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which began in early 2020.
'This 20 (past) months is probably the darkest period in Qantas' 100-year history,' he told reporters at Sydney Airport.
'It has meant we have had to ground aircraft, stand down people and restructure the business. But there is light at the end of the tunnel.
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