Queensland border restrictions eased with extension of NSW border zone

RELAXED: Border restrictions have been eased from today, allowing more people to enter Queensland with updated border passes. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
RELAXED: Border restrictions have been eased from today, allowing more people to enter Queensland with updated border passes. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

Queensland border restrictions have now eased, allowing all Queensland residents to travel to the defined New South Wales border zone and return into Queensland.

From 1am today the defined New South Wales border zone has been extended further south to include more New South Wales local government areas.

The border zone includes Glenn Innes Severn, Gwydir Shire, Inverell, Tenterfield, Moree Plains, Walgett, Kyogle, Lismore, Brewarrina, Bourke and Walgett Shire and Unincorporated Far West New South Wales. All postcodes included in the updated border zone are outlined in a map available at health.qld.gov.au.

The remainder of New South Wales and the state of Victoria remain declared COVID-19 hotspots and are closed to people travelling via road, unless an exception applies, or the person has been granted an exemption by the Chief Health Officer.

Queensland residents intending on travelling within the New South Wales border zone and re-entering Queensland, will need to apply for the updated border zone resident declaration pass, also known as the 'X' pass.

New South Wales border zone residents who have not travelled to a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, to travel anywhere in Queensland for any purpose.

Providing false information on the declaration or entering Queensland unlawfully could result in a $4,003 fine or a notice to appear in court.

Anyone with information about potential breaches of the Queensland COVID-19 Border Direction should report the matter online or call Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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