NSW brings in entry declarations, Gold Coast listed as ‘area of concern’

The New South Wales government has brought in new entry declarations overnight, which people need to fill out if they’ve recently been in Queensland.

It stipulates that you have to complete the form within 24 hours of entering New South Wales from Queensland, whether you enter by air, road or rail since midnight.

The form then declares that if you’ve recently travelled to ‘areas of concern’, which currently includes the Gold Coast and all locked down Local Government Areas in southeast Queensland and Townsville, you may be subject to follow the New South Wales ‘stay at home’ orders on return.


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“A person who has been in an area of concern after the time specified for that area must, after arriving in NSW, immediately travel directly to the person’s place of residence or a suitable place to reside in,” reads NSW’s ‘Covid-19 concerns notice – Public Health (Covid-19 Interstate Travellers) Order (No 2) 2021’, issued overnight.

“If already in NSW, the person must immediately return to their place of residence or other suitable place.

“The person must not leave that residence except with a reasonable excuse for 14 days after they were last in an area of concern or while this notice is in force, whichever is sooner,” it reads.

**NOTE: further clarification around border communities is expected from NSW authorities throughout today. The situation is still unfolding.

Tweed Councillor James Owen has spoken to myGC about the rules this morning, admitting that it’s pretty concerning for residents who regularly cross the border.

“Anyone that’s been in an area of concern, which includes the Gold Coast, needs to follow the New South Wales stay at home rules for 14 days and that’s in effect from 12AM this morning.

“So it’s pretty concerning for people that are travelling up and down from the Tweed to the Gold Coast.

“The ‘stay at home’ rules impose a number of restrictions that are available on the Service NSW website.

“It’s not as bad as it could be if you need to travel for work and it’s not possible to do from home.

“As long as you have all your passes – and don’t forget there’s also a Queensland border declaration pass which you need to get into Queensland… If all your passes are in order it looks like you would be able to travel to Queensland for essential work and education on a daily basis.

“I would recommend anyone to have a look at those rules and get your head around them but it is very concerning,” Councillor Owen said.

**NOTE: further clarification around border communities is expected from NSW authorities throughout today. The situation is still unfolding.

“If you don’t have to travel to the Gold Coast, I wouldn’t travel to the Gold Coast. I won’t be, but I don’t have to.

“I would recommend anyone to have a good look at the rules – they are confusing – and if you’re not sure, call Service NSW on 13 77 88.

“They’re very helpful and they’ll be able to advise you what to do,” Councillor Owen said.

For more information about the travel declarations, visit the NSW website here. 

NSW authorities are expected to provide more clarity around what this means for border communities later today.