Border passes return as QLD tightens rules

Anyone crossing into Queensland from New South Wales will now need a border declaration pass to enter the state with the system reinstated overnight.

But checkpoints at road borders will not be returning at this stage.

All returning Queensland residents who have been anywhere in New South Wales will also be required to have a border pass.


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It comes as tougher restrictions were announced on Saturday in response to the growing COVID outbreak on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Residents from Sydney’s northern beaches will have to apply for an exemption to enter Queensland and, if granted, go into hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Queensland residents returning from the northern beaches will also be forced to enter hotel quarantine.

Anyone arriving from Greater Sydney or the Central Coast will be asked to have a COVID test on arrival and self-quarantine until they receive their results.

Read more: Qld tightens border rules as concerns grow over Sydney cluster

While checkpoints won’t be in place, motorists crossing the border are still asked to display their border pass on their windscreen.

“We won’t have barriers up at the borders but what we will be doing is putting electronic signs up that let everyone know they need to have a border pass and the Police will be doing random audits and checks as people come across the borders,” Health Minister Yvette D’ath said.

Police have warned people risk a $4003 fine for providing false information on their border pass.

The latest border pass will be valid for 14 days and is available at http://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass