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Queensland has reviewed the border restrictions that were in place. We explain the current restrictions.  

Update as of 21 September 2021:

Byron and Tweed LGAs will become part of the restricted New South Wales border zone from 1am Wednesday 22 September.

Border zone residents who have been to Byron and Tweed LGAs will only be allowed into Queensland for limited essential purposes. Queensland residents may only return to Queensland if they have entered a restricted area for limited essential purposes.

Those entering Queensland from a non-restricted LGA, who must transit through a restricted LGA, can do so if they transit, without stopping, using private transport for no more than two hours.

Important information 

From Friday 20 August 2021, essential workers with an exemption to cross into Queensland — like emergency and health workers — will need to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination for NSW essential workers

Essential workers currently permitted to cross into Queensland from New South Wales (X, XQ or XN Pass holder) will be required to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by Friday 20 August 2021.

X Pass holders are now eligible to attend selected Queensland Health Vaccination Locations without a booking until Friday 20 August 2021, to receive a priority vaccination.

As of 8:00 pm on Saturday 21 August, there is a restricted list of purposes for crossing, leaving only a small list of essential workers allowed to cross into the Sunshine State.

Queensland Border restrictions

Queensland is closing its border to NSW from 1:00 am Friday 23 July 2021.

NSW/Qld border zone residents can only enter the state for essential reasons.  The local government areas and regions in the NSW/Qld border zone are Ballina, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Byron, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Inverell, Kyogle, Lismore, Moree Plains, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, Tweed, Unincorporated Far West and Walgett. The Byron Bay region inclusion on the border region will be monitored closely after sewage testing revealed COVID 19 fragments.

This includes: Healthcare, work, education, essential shopping and caring for vulnerable people.

Queensland residents will be able to travel into the NSW border zone for similar reasons, but not further than the border zone.

Queensland residents can return from non-border zone locations in NSW, but will need to complete 14 days in hotel quarantine.


Declared hotspots

The following are declared COVID-19 hotspots:

  • Victoria – all of Victoria.
  • New South Wales – All of NSW
  • ACT 
  • Anyone in Queensland who has been in the ACT since August 9 and arrived in Queensland before 5:00 pm yesterday must immediately self-quarantine until 14 days have passed since you entered Queensland.


    From 1:00 am this Saturday 14 August, anyone who arrives in Queensland from the ACT will go into hotel quarantine.

For a map of restrictions, see Map of current travel restrictions for entering Queensland.

If you have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter Queensland, except for a limited range of people who can enter for essential purposes.

View the list of current COVID-19 hotspots.

Travelling to Queensland

Queensland Travel Declaration

You must complete a declaration to enter Queensland from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 in Queensland and manage outbreaks, the Queensland Government has put in place declaration requirements for all travel into Queensland from interstate and New Zealand (on quarantine free flights).

Queensland has two types of declarations, a Queensland Travel Declaration and a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

You must complete the right declaration for your situation before you travel to enter Queensland. If conditions change or you need to update your travel details, you’ll need to complete a new declaration with updated details. Queensland residents must also complete a declaration if they are returning home from interstate or New Zealand.

Check current contact tracing alerts.

For more information.

Information about the Border Zone with NSW.

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