Everything you need to know about Qld’s new border pass system

Queensland’s new border pass system for all travellers arriving in the sunshine state is expected to come online at various times tonight, here’s what it means for you.

From 1am, December 13, anyone entering Queensland will need to have completed a new border pass.

Those travelling from a hotspot, including NSW, Victoria, and the ACT, will have to be fully vaccinated and provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test in the previous 72 hours.


They will also have to get a Covid-19 test on day five after arriving in Queensland.

Fully vaccinated border zone residents will be exempt from having to take a PCR test, however, they will still be required to apply for a new XV border pass in order to enter Queensland.

“We’re really asking our border community residents who are fully vaccinated to download this pass as soon as it goes online, print it off, and have this visibly displed on your dash as you enter Queensland,” Acting Chief Superintendant Rhys Wildman said.

“The idea of that is to assist our officers in using this ‘risk-based’ approach to manage not only traffic flows, but to look at which particular vehicles need to be intercepted”.

Vehicles without the XV border passes will be the main target for officers, but police have warned border residents that they could also be pulled over.

“We will be conducting greater compliance in relation to vehicles that aren’t using the XV pass, but just to highlight, even with an XV pass you can still expect to get stopped,” Acting Chief Spt Wildman said.

“It’s really important to note that you can be stopped at any time crossing our Queensland borders.”

Border zone residents who are unvaccinated will be restricted to crossing the border for essential reasons only.

Police are warning motorists of massive delays at all Gold Coast road border checkpoints from tomorrow, with up to 50,000 vehicles expected to cross over the next few days.

Travellers are being urged to ensure the border pass is printed and displayed on the front windscreen, with drivers also being encouraged to “consider travelling outside peak periods and after Monday if possible”.

“Plan for delays exceeding 60 minutes at high peak times,” Acting Chief Spt Wildman said.

The new border passes can be obtained here.

Border zone residents will be given access from 8.30pm AEST, while international passes will go live at 10.00pm.

The passes for travellers from hotspots will be available from midnight.