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Thursday, February 29, 2024

New QLD border passes go online

Five new categories of Queensland border declaration passes have been made available online.

Since 1am Saturday the Queensland border has been closed to anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days unless they receive an exemption, with NSW, ACT and Victoria all declared hotspots by the Queensland government.

The new Queensland Border Declaration Passes consist of the following categories:

  • X PASS: Border zone resident, issued to persons living in a border zone who are not required to quarantine.
  • G PASS: General, issued to a Queensland resident or interstate visitors who are allowed to enter Queensland and are not subject to a quarantine direction. This pass cannot be used at a New South Wales road border.
  • S PASS: Specialist, issued to exempt persons who have been to a COVID-19 declared hotspot and are not required to quarantine.
  • F PASS: Freight, issued to freight, logistics and transport workers who are not required to quarantine.
  • Q PASS: Quarantine Direction, issued to a person who is allowed to enter Queensland but must quarantine.

Residents living in the declared ‘border zone’ will now be able to apply for a new declaration border pass but will only be permitted to travel within the border zone in Queensland and New South Wales.

Residents in postcodes depicted on this map are considered in the border zone and eligible for a Queensland Entry Declaration Pass.

Queensland Police say residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot can return home via air but will be required to quarantine for 14 days in government arranged accommodation at their own expense, while anyone entering Queensland cannot travel by road through a COVID-19 hotspot and must make arrangements to travel by air unless an exception has been granted.

The new Queensland Border Declaration Pass is a requirement for anyone entering Queensland by road, air or sea and includes returning Queensland residents.

Providing false information on the declaration or entering Queensland unlawfully could result in a $4,003 fine or a notice to appear in court.

Police have advised anyone with information about potential breaches of the Queensland COVID-19 Border Direction to report the matter online or call Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

For more information including questions and answers about the new restrictions click here.

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