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Queensland reopens its borders to NSW: Here’s what you need to know

Posted: 2 October 2020 12:06 pm

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Set your summer travel clocks for 1 November 2020.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that the New South Wales-Queensland border will reopen without area restrictions.

As of 1am, 1 November 2020, New South Wales residents are free to cross into Queensland, which is just in time for the summer school holidays.

The news comes as Queensland saw only two cases of COVID-19 overnight, and stage four restriction eases were put into place.

What's next?

Just like the stage four plan, New South Wales residents looking to head into Queensland must still apply for a border pass.

Getting your hands on one is simple, all you have to do is apply for the Queensland Border Declaration Pass. If you live within the current border zone, then you'll still be applying as a Border Zone Resident.

The premier commented saying, "We have always said that we would continue to ease restrictions where we could in a staged and balanced way to keep Queenslanders safe – and this plan does just that."

It's important to note that the border opening will only go ahead if there is no community transmission for 28 days.

"We have made it very clear that our borders have kept us safe … We're watching NSW very closely," she continued.

This news follows the state's decision to open up travel to five selected New South Wales area codes as a result of low coronavirus numbers.

Inspiration is never too far away

The New South Wales and Queensland summer school holidays fall merely weeks after the border reopening.

Take your pick from a selection of family-friendly destinations including the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the picturesque Sunshine Coast.

If you're ready to get out and about, head over to Skyscanner to lock in your next fares to Australia's sunshine state.

From 1am, 1 December 2020, Queensland is set to enter stage six.

Stay up to date by checking out our domestic travel restrictions pages for all the latest.

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