“So far so good” Minimal delays as QLD-NSW border bubble reinstated

After weeks of heartache, Queensland’s tough border restrictions have eased slightly this morning, allowing thousands of border residents to again cross into the sunshine state.

The border bubble was officially reinstated at 1.00am this morning, in a major relief for communities straddling the Queensland and NSW border.

It means residents from the 12 New South Wales LGAs that emerged from lockdown on Saturday are now allowed to travel into Queensland for essential reasons.


Some of those reasons include work if you cannot do so from home, education, essential shopping, healthcare or to care for someone who is vulnerable.

Police are warning motorists planning on crossing the border that delays will be inevitable, with officers checking every single vehicle that crosses.

However, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski has revealed traffic has been pretty good so far.

“This morning we are actually seeing very minimal delays, so nine minutes on the M1 and less than five minutes everywhere else,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski told TODAY.

He said a number of people have already been turned away due to being unvaccianted.

Those wanting to cross the border need to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We have seen some turn arounds and these are people coming for work purposes that are not vaccinated,” he said.

“The reminder is that if you want to come into Queensland to do your work you have to be vaccinated, have at least one shot.”

Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said he could not be happier to see the border bubble back in action after weeks of trying to get it up and running.

“For two reasons it is great… One it means that they are looking pretty good in the North of New South Wales there, so no transmission, no infections in that area which is great,” he said.

“Also, it means that the risk is low for us, but more particularly, I think, they are one community most of those places…

“The border doesn’t really mean a lot to those people so it is great to see communities start to be able to operate the way they should.”