A family desperate to see their loved one in Queensland after he was given just months to live will be allowed to enter the state to say goodbye - but will need to stump up $16,000 in hotel quarantine fees.
Health authorities had earlier said only one of Brisbane father Mark Keans' four Sydney-based children - all of whom are under the age of 13 - could cross the border to see him one last time as he battles terminal cancer in his brain and lungs.
Queensland Health did not at first respond to multiple requests for an exemption from the truck driver's family, but have now told them they can drive into the state and pay for two weeks quarantine in a Brisbane hotel.
But the 11 close family members of Mr Keans, 39, will first have to pay the eye-watering fees to ensure they do not have COVID-19 before entering the Queensland community.
The state's standard quarantine fees are $4,620 for two adults and two children.
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Mark Keans - who has terminal cancer - pictured with his children (L-R) Noah 13, Caitlyn 11, Caleb 11, and Isaac, 7. His family have been quoted $16,000 in quarantine fees to travel to Queensland to say goodbye to him
Mr Keans was diagnosed a month ago with an inoperable cancer and is not expected to live until Christmas. Earlier, his family were told only one of his children would be given permission to cross into Queensland to see him in his final moments
Costs will also include taxi transfer to visit the father at his home - where his family will be escorted by government staff and have to wear full personal protective equipment.
'My wife told the Queensland Health person "this is ridiculous - its going to cost more to quarantine than it will to bury my son",' Mr Keans' father Bruce Langborne told Daily Mail Australia.
'At least they spoke to us but we didn't get anywhere - this is only a suggestion as well and nothing has been confirmed yet.'
Mr Langborne said his local member of parliament had been far more supportive of their situation - even offering to fly his son to New South Wales by air ambulance so he could be with his family.
'We understand and sympathise that this is a very difficult time and there are challenges,' a Queensland Health spokeswoman said.
'We are in the midst of a global pandemic and we need to protect our communities, especially the most vulnerable members of the community.
'We understand the health directions in place are strict, but they are designed to protect Queenslanders from COVID-19.'
New South Wales Health had previously proposed allowing one of his children to see their father for a supervised one-hour visit before going back across the border.
But his sister Tam Langborne told Daily Mail Australia the family were at a loss deciding which of the kids would get to see their father in his final moments.
'The youngest of the children is only seven years old. I think sending him by himself to see his Dad for an hour would do a lot more damage than good,' she said.
'I understand the reasons behind the border closure but what hurts the most is actors and sporting teams get a free ride to go into Queensland because they have a name.
Mr Keans' sister said the family simply could not afford the cost involved in putting up 11 people in a hotel for two weeks
'All we want to do is sit with our brother and say thanks for a good life and for the kids to see him for the last time.'
Their anguish comes as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk cops fierce criticism for letting 400 AFL officials enter the state ahead of the Grand Final, while repeatedly knocking back everyday Australians with health or family reasons.
US movie star Tom Hanks will not have to undergo hotel quarantine after flying into Queensland from the US - with Ms Palaszczuk saying Hanks was exempt because of the industry's COVID-safe plan.
All of Mr Keans' children are under the age of 13 and are 'desperate' to see him before he dies
Mr Keans' father said officials had even told him his family were being selfish for wanting to get all four of the children across the border as they were putting other cancer patients at risk.
'They [Queensland authorities] said we were being selfish and weren't thinking of the other cancer patients,' Mr Langborne said.
He added the family had no idea how they would choose one child to cross the border.
Pictured: Mr Keans' four children. Queensland's quarantine fees are $4,620 for two adults and two children.
'The only option is one adult and one child,' he said. 'We'd be chaperoned up there and chaperoned back.'
The family's case was raised in Queensland parliament by Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington as New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian hit out at the northern state's border policies.
'Our nation needs to deal with the pandemic... we’re Australians as well as living in NSW and a lot of families aren’t able to see each other,' she said.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson (pictured) won't be subjected to mandatory hotel