Police fear changes to the border declaration online system may not be ready in time for Queensland’s 1am border curfew, potentially adding extra wait time to already lengthy queues.

Queensland will close to NSW, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory from Saturday morning, except for residents in a listed range of border suburbs who will be able to travel back and forth as part of a “travel bubble”.

Gold Coast Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said border residents needed to be careful, as anyone who left the bubble on the NSW side, say a Tweed resident who went surfing in Byron Bay, would not be able to enter Queensland without undertaking mandatory, self-funded two weeks hotel quarantine.

Mr Wheeler said developers were “hoping” to have the new system ready for applications tonight – X-pass for cross border residents, F-pass for freight drivers, and S-pass for “few and far between exemptions” – but suggested it might not be ready in time for the shutout.

“If it doesn’t, we will have an interim measure in place,” he said.

“We will work with people on the side of the road.

“We just ask people to carry some form of identification with them that provides their address.”

Queenslanders on Friday were racing to get home in time, causing lengthy delays at the border in order to avoid having to fly into the state and undergo two weeks hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said those people living in border communities eligible for an X-pass would be able to go between neighbouring shires, such as Tweed and Gold Coast City Councils, for whatever reason.

“Those people living in cross border communities are entitled to an X pass to allow them to go about their normal business in that area,” Mr Gollschewski said.

“They need to provide identification (for proof of residency)… if they live in the Tweed, they can’t go outside the Gold Coast… they are subject to the same rules.

“Border checks and random audits will continue.”

Mr Gollschewski said it was nearly impossible to police the entire length of Queensland’s border, admitting it wasn’t the “Berlin Wall”.

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The full list of postcodes eligible for X passes is below:


4492: Thargomindah, Noccundra, Bulloo Downs, Dynevor, Bullawarra, Durham, Norley, Nockatunga

4491: Eulo

4493: Hungerford

4490: Cunnamulla, Yowah, Barringun, Cuttaburra, Tuen, Noorama, Widgeegoara, Humeburn, Jobs Gate, Coongoola, Linden

4486: Dirranbandi, Hebel

4496: North Talwood, South Talwood

4494: Bungunya, North Bungunya, Tarawera

4495: Toobeah, Kioma

4390: Goondiwindi, Kindon, Lundavra, Wyaga, Callandoon, Wondalli, Yagaburne, Billa Billa, Goodar, Calingunee

4385: Smithlea, Texas

4382: Ballandean, Wyberba, Girraween, Lyra, Somme

4380: Stanthorpe, Mingoola, Eukey, Severnlea, Mount Tully,

4377: Glen Niven, The Summit, Maryland

4374 Dalveen, Palgrave, Goldfields

4370: Maryvale, Warwick, Pratten, Rosenthal Heights

4373: Killarney, The Falls, The Head

4310: Boonah, Mount Alford, Dugandan, Coochin, Carneys Creek,

4287: Mount Barney, Rathdowney, Running Creek, Palen Creek, Barney View, Mount Lindesay

4275: Canungra, Boyland, Wonglepong, Biddaddaba, Witheren, Sarabah, Illinbah, Ferny Glen, Benobble, Flying Fox, O‘Reilly

4285: Beaudesert, Cedar Vale, Mundoolun, Kooralbyn, Gleneagle

4213: Worongary, Mudgeeraba, Bonogin, Gold Coast, Springbrook, Tallai, Austinville, Neranwood

4209: Pimpama, Upper Coomera, Gold Coast, Coomera, Willow Vale

4207: Gold Coast, Yarrabilba, Brisbane, Edens Landing


2880: Broken Hill, Cameron Corner, Tibooburra, Silverton

2840: Bourke, Tilpa, Wanaaring, Enngonia, Louth, Fords Bridge, Yantabulla, North Bourke, Gunderbooka, Gumbalie, Hungerford

2839: Brewarrina, Weilmoringle, Gongolgon, Narran Lake, Talawanta, Collerina

2838: Goodooga

2834: Lightning Ridge, Angledool

2833: Collarenebri

2406: Mungindi

2405: Garah, Boomi

2409: Boggabilla, Boonal

2410: Yetman, Twin Rivers

2361: Atholwood, Bonshaw, Pindaroi, Ashford, Limestone

2372: Tenterfield, Boonoo Boonoo, Liston, Cullendore

2476: Woodenbong, Koreelah, Muli Muli, Acacia Creek

2474: Kyogle, Cawongla, Toonumbar, Wiangaree, Barkers Vale

2484: Murwillumbah, Crystal Creek, Tyalgum, Uki, Dungay

2483: Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Burringbar, Billinudgel

2489: Pottsville, Hastings Point

2488: Tweed Heads, Cabarita Beach, Bogangar, Tanglewood

2484: Murwillumbah, Crystal Creek, Tyalgum, Uki, Dungay

2486: Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Terranora, Bilambil Heights