Special 'X' pass released for border residents

Postcodes eligible for a special ' X Pass' to travel across the NSW-QLD border.
Postcodes eligible for a special ' X Pass' to travel across the NSW-QLD border.

Border residents will be eligible for a special 'X Pass' to cross the QLD-NSW border as new restrictions came into place at 1am on Saturday, August 8.

People who live in Queensland but work or go to school in their neighbouring border town, or people who live in New South Wales but come to work or school in their neighbouring border town in Queensland are eligible for the pass.

Border zone residents will be able to cross the border for any purpose, with the zone designated by postcode. Tenterfield residents, for instance, can travel freely between home and Warwick for any purpose.

Don't venture past Deepwater, however, as technically you've been to a 'hot spot' if you then want to enter Queensland.

Queensland border zone residents cannot travel outside the border zone in New South Wales (but can travel anywhere within Queensland) and New South Wales border zone residents cannot travel outside the border zone in either Queensland or New South Wales.

The tightening of restrictions means people who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days - including all of NSW and ACT - will no longer be able to quarantine in Queensland and will be turned away at the border.

Meanwhile, motorists had short delays at the Wallangarra checkpoint on Friday as travellers tried to re-enter Queensland while they still could.

Queensland residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot can return home but will be required to quarantine in government provided accommodation at their expense.

More information can be found on the Queensland Government website.