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‘Nightmare stuff’: New rules bring delays and questions at Queensland border – Sydney Morning Herald

Changing rules at state borders have left travellers and workers navigating new permits and isolation requirements.



Queensland reopened its borders on Friday but anyone who has been a COVID-19 hotspot, which currently includes all of Victoria, in the past 14 days is not allowed to enter the state.
A border declaration pass has also been introduced for anyone entering Queensland and people who live and work on different sides of the NSW-Queensland border say the paperwork requirements have meant delays have persisted despite the border being reopened.
Lisa De Man and Tammy Becroft, both from Queensland, are staying at the Las Vegas Motel in Tweed Heads until traffic congestion eases.Credit:Elise Derwin
Lisa de Man said it usually took her five minutes to drive from work in Tweed Heads, northern NSW, to the Queensland border before commuting to her Gold Coast home.
But since permits for entry to Queensland were introduced, that short journey takes about an hour. Last Friday night it would have taken me four hours to get home,” she said. “It’s been nightmare stuff.”
Ms de Man thought the opening of the Queensland border on Friday would ease traffic, but permits are still being checked as people enter the state and queues are long.
She is now trying to find a new place to live on the NSW side of the border, to avoid the lengthy commute and motel accommodation costs.
Hopefully something will come up soon. Its a lovely place to stay, but motel living is not for me, she said.

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