BREAKING | Everything you need to know about Qld’s strict new border rules

Anyone caught trying to cross the border into Queensland, without a legitimate reason, is being warned they could cop a fine of more than $13,000 under tough new border restrictions.

The restrictions, which apply to all travel to Queensland by air, sea, rail and road, officially come into place at midnight tonight.

We’re being warned to brace for long delays and are being urged to avoid all “non-essential” cross-border travel.


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“Anyone trying to enter Queensland particularly by road on the Gold Coast can expect significant delays from tonight,” State Disaster Coordinator Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said at a press conference a short time ago.

“We will aim to prioritise essential food, supplies and services. The community can help us by not trying to cross the border unless their travel is absolutely essential.”

Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski says the message is clear: “Do not try and enter unless you have a need to”.

“Every car that’s coming across the border will be subject to scrutiny… Anyone that doesn’t have an exemption will be stopped,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski warned.

There will be exemptions for people who need to cross the border, including national and state security, essential health services, emergency services, transport of goods or freight including food, critical maintenance and repair to critical infrastructure, and mining, energy and agribusiness.

Other people who will also be allowed to cross the border include carers and relatives of dependent people, those who need to obtain essential medical treatment including visiting terminally ill relatives, those who are interstate boarding school students, and those who are required to comply with the law for family court, parole and bail conditions.

FIFO workers in commercial construction, fishing, mining, energy or agribusiness industries will also be exempt, along with people who live outside Queensland but near the border who work or study in Queensland.

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Police say they are currently working on an “identifier”, understood to be a visible sticker, for vehicles who regularly need to cross the Tweed, Gold Coast border so that they will not have to be stopped every time.

However, this will not be in place tonight, and officers are warning motorists to expect long delays if they need to cross the border.

“The exemptions to cross the border will take some time to implement and is expected to take a few days,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

An online application and exemption system, including a help line, is currently being developed, however won’t be ready in time for tonight’s border lockdown.

“We will have work arounds in place tonight but that could contribute to delays,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski warned.

“Once an exemption is granted, you will not need to re-apply. In the meantime, please be patient.”

When asked how long these strict measures were going to remain in place for, Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski revealed it could be months.

“We think we can sustain this for as long as we need to… We are planning for months of this, not for a couple of weeks. For as long as up to six months if that’s what’s required,” he said.

“We understand that people will be inconvenienced but these restrictions are being implemented to slow the spread of novel coronavirus.

“It is about minimising the risk to the Queensland community posed by COVID-19”.

Anyone who arrives in Queensland from another state or territory from 12.01am tomorrow must self-isolate for 14 days unless they are an exempt person.

“If a person does not comply with quarantine directions, penalties of up to $13,345 for individuals and $66,672.50 for corporations can also apply,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski warned.

From midnight tonight, the following roads will also be closed to deter people from travelling across the border.

• Nerang-Murwillumbah Road at Springbrook
• Tomewin Mountain Road at Currumbin Valley
• Kent Street at intersection with Toolan Street at Coolangatta
• Dixon Street roundabout with no access to Queensland from Charles Street to Florence Street at Coolangatta
• Dixon Street at intersection with Bay Street at Coolangatta
• Miles Street at Coolangatta opposite Len Peak Oval.

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Shirleen
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Shirleen

Can we leave Queensland if we are from interstate and want to return to our home state/territory?

Richard Kranum
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Richard Kranum

There will be no checks leaving QLD, so you will have no problem

Ally
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Ally

Yes there will be…..no qlder is allowed to leave unless necessary and if they do, they must self isolate in NSW before being allowed to walk around and if they don’t, there is penalties

Leanne
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Leanne

Not there won’t be, from everything that I have read. The Qld border is closed to non-old residents coming to Qld. There is no 14 day self isolation when travelling to NSW, not sure where that information has come from but not from anything that I have seen.

Shirleen Browne
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Shirleen Browne

Is Qantas still flying to Darwin?

Richard Kranum
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Richard Kranum

I normally drive through 4 of the closed intersections to go the shops for food, I will have to take the long way now just to stay in my state of NSW.

I am hoping I get a sticker sooner rather than later, being stopped daily to go to work will be a pain.

Richard Kranum
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Richard Kranum

So if a person from QLD goes to NSW to ride their jetski in the tweed river for a couple hours and return to their QLD address, they will need to self quarantine for 14 days as they are returning to QLD without an essential reason/exemption?

Sounds like the Tweed River boat ramps might actually get to be used by the locals….

Bernie
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Bernie

Not if you are a QLD resident only, thats how I read it

Tracy
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Tracy

Can anyone help me please. I have kids who go to their dads in qld every school holidays. Whats the go can i stand at the border with my son and do the handover ?

Richard Kranum
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Richard Kranum

As written above:
“Other people who will also be allowed to cross the border include … those who are required to comply with the law for family court”

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Get a pass.
I did from Qld government website for Covid19 passage – to get my boy from qld to take back home to NSW. If you cross from NSW to qld use the pass.
It is called compassionate reasons you place the name of all people on the pass that are going from NSW to Qld.

Coming back to NSW at the moment there is no restrictions 27 March 2020

Sue
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Sue

What happens when people have family members in NSW and QLD however there are no family cut orders as these are adult children and grandparents?

Ally
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Ally

No travel allowed unless 14 day quarantine

Julia
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Julia

Again not true Ally.. if you care for elderly grandparents or anyone for that matter you are allowed to travel… Non essential family visits are not allowed..Ally…stop fear mongering..

Tracy Hawkins
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Tracy Hawkins

Im homeless as of 20/4. I need to get myself and my kids from Vic to my parent’s in Queensland. Hoping i can get through and isolate for 14 days at mum and dads. They say stay at home but i carnt if i dont have one.

Ally
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Ally

You can get into Qld but must self quarantine for 14 days

Real budgie smuggler
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Real budgie smuggler

You just answered your own question
Derrr

Annie
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Annie

I thought if you worked in tweed and lived on gold coast you were exempt as it was a job

Ally
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Ally

Only essential services are considered workable jobs at the moment all others should be closed

Julia
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Julia

Not true Ally… all jobs are considered as essential

Balls
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Balls

I want to leave Australia but can’t. Travel ban overseas why. Does the government want all the airlines to go bankrupt and destroy Australians economy? Take all infected people and lock them away for a month or so problem solved. But no let the government put Australia into recession and create mass unemployment. Will the government pay my bills and mortgage? No it’s the infected going out spreading the virus not people travelling. The home isolation only works if people stay home. This is not the case they need to be taken away to Christmas Island problem solved. Virus gone… Read more »

Terri
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Terri

If a child has to go from qld to nsw in the school holidays because of family court orders do they need to self isolate for 14 days when they return?

Mick yo
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Mick yo

I plan on playing golf with friends on the weekend. Do I need to get my own cart and will the drinks cart be allowed

Real budgie smuggler
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Real budgie smuggler

Leave the drinks take the bong no drug or RBT testing

Justin
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Justin

Can anyone tell me my son goes to Currumbin Special School as he is autistic and I have a letter from his school due to the border closure. We live in Tweed Heads West 5 kms off the border are we exempt are we allowed to take him to school as normal

Julia
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Julia

All these things are allowed.. work (all industries) school, child custody count orders, essential medical and even if you regularly grocery shop are all allowed.. in other words they have been very considerate of Tweed residents

Kevin
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Kevin

I’m moving to QLD can I still cross the border and self isolate for 14 days as my I can’t stay in NSW

Real budgie smuggler
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Real budgie smuggler

The cops are looking for you in Queensland too kev

Adrian
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Adrian

Is a delivery driver based in QLD who has to travel to tweed for work reasons still able return back over the border to QLD without any dramas?

Julia
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Julia

Work is considered an essential service

Margaret
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Margaret

I am moving to live in Qld as I have a permanent teaching job to go to. Am I exempt or do I need to self isolate? I am coming from NSW.

Real budgie smuggler
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Real budgie smuggler

Story I was told earlier this evening by a NSW resident was that he asked the cops who were already across the street from the seven eleven near the cooly tweed border
What the rules were for locals
Cops say if your on a push bike or walking across the border you can come into Queensland and return to your place in local NSW ..that cars would be impounded and people in them with NSW rego would have to self isolate for two weeks… inside Queensland….
Hope this helps local residents..

Julia
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Julia

Not true!! Read the governments release!! Stop spreading panic and fear!!

Jen
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Jen

So I’ve recemtly purchased a puppy from Toowoomba and I’m from NSW she isn’t ready for another 4-5 weeks how would I go about getting her I was meant to be picking her up? Any suggestions? Or who to contact to get exemption?

Francis
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Francis

Hi,I want too know, my kids live in Kingscliff,I live in Qld, an I able to get them on my fortnightly basis and still be ok to cross back and forth?

Brian Dickson
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Brian Dickson

My wife has a Doctors appointment in Qld we live in Kingscliff can I drive her?

Trevor
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Trevor

Can I cross the border into NSW to work on Friday for the day? Can I come back home again?

Robyn
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Robyn

I am currently working in qld for an unknown length of time. Could be permanent. My partner went to NSW and wants to come back up. Is he allowed back in?

Bella
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Bella

I am in NSW and need to take my partner to Gold Coast hospital tomorrow, can I still get through the Murwillumbah-Nerang road block?

Qlda78
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Qlda78

My parents live in qld 5hrs away can I drive to see them, I live in Mackay

Paul Higgins
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Paul Higgins

Tasmanian Government Directive,27thMarch: in short,all caravan parks&campsites,essentially all accommodation types in Tasmania, are prohibited, visitors to depart by Wed.April1.(No,this is not an April fool’s day joke).My partner&I live permanently in our Motor home.My question is,even if we comply with the Tasmanian Government &manage to vacate in time limit imposed, manage to drive to Qld.where we have family, are we allowed to self isolate in our Motorhome? If not, where do we go? There are thousands of Grey nomads in similar situations as we are,I’m sure.

Brenden
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Brenden

Biggest scam in history..

Brenden
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Brenden

We lost freedom of speech when?

Karen Holland
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Karen Holland

We will be traveling back to nsw from Queensland where we live , so do we have to self isolate, we are not sick and have not been around anyone that has travelled from overseas, we have just been looking after our grandkids, whle our daughter in law recovers from major surgery TIA

Leonie
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Leonie

I’m moving from Queensland to NSW Newcastle will I be allowed to go through boarder?

Chrissy
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Chrissy

I live in Qld but my elderly father who is terminally ill lives in a nursing home in Yamba NSW. I think I should be exempt but how do I prove this?

Leon
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Leon

Can you travel to New South Wales from Queensland

Leon
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Leon

Can you travel from Queensland to New South Wales