Here's who is allowed to cross the Queensland border now

| 08.08,20. 03:24 AM |

Here's who is allowed to cross the Queensland border now

Motorists queue at Queensland-NSW border crossing at Goondiwindi.(ABC News: Rae Allen)

Queenslanders who have missed the 1:00am deadline will not be allowed to drive into the state through a declared COVID-19 hotspot under tough new border restrictions.

They will need to fly, and then quarantine in Queensland Government arranged accommodation for 14 days at their own expense.

Motorists will still be able to enter via the Northern Territory border.

?Where are the declared hotspots
All of Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT have been declared COVID-19 hotspots.

?Who will be exempt
Exemptions will be very limited and will only apply to those deemed "absolutely essential for the functioning of Queensland".

These may include freight and transport workers, people in the construction, manufacturing and mining industries, elected government representatives on official duties, emergency service workers and air or maritime crew.

It does not include healthcare workers, except in exceptional circumstances.

FIFO workers who live in a hotspot will only be permitted to enter Queensland for work if they fit the criteria of a specialist worker.

They will be required to quarantine for 14 days at the worksite or employer provided accommodation in Queensland and leave quarantine only to carry out duties.

Freight workers going into hot spots will be allowed to cross without going into quarantine, but will need to be tested every seven days.

They will not have to isolate while waiting for results, unless they are unwell.

?What about people who live near the border
Those living within a prescribed border zone postcode will be able to cross into Queensland for any reason, but will need to apply for a new border pass. Proof of residence will also be required.

?Can border residents visit areas outside the zones


Queensland border zone residents cannot travel outside the border zone in NSW and NSW border zone residents cannot travel outside the border zone in either Queensland or NSW.

The zone stretches from the Ormeau on the northern end of the Gold Coast to Brunswick Heads in NSW.

It's a similar story running all the way along the Queensland-NSW border with residents in declared postcodes able to move freely if they have a border pass.

?How do you apply for a border pass
A border declaration pass can be applied for online.

Applications can be processed at the border, however there may be delays.

Identification, such as a driver's license or Medicare card will be required.

A border declaration pass is valid for seven days from the date of completion.

A new border declaration pass will have to be renewed every seven days, or more regularly if your circumstances have changed.

Does everyone flying into Queensland from a
?hotspot have to enter quarantine
Yes, unless:

It's to perform an "essential" activity.
Arrive into Queensland by air and transfer directly to another flight to leave Queensland or quarantine until boarding the flight out of Queensland.

Were in a COVID-19 hotspot for the sole purpose of transiting through an airport, excluding Melbourne Tullamarine airport.

Can provide evidence that mandatory hotel quarantine was completed in a COVID-19 hotspot and immediately transited to Queensland, unless flying out of Melbourne Tullamarine airport.

Are a border zone resident and have not been in a hotspot in the last 14 days.

Can people enter Queensland on compassionate

Yes, but only in exceptional circumstances, and if an exemption is granted by the Chief Health Officer.

If an exemption is granted to visit a dying relative, 14 days quarantine would be required, however, the visitor would be able to leave quarantine to visit the sick relative.

An exemption to attend a funeral is only likely to be granted if 14 days of quarantine in government arranged accommodation is completed prior to the funeral.


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