Border residents will be eligible for a special 'X Pass' to cross the QLD-NSW border as new restrictions come 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.
However, 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.
Meanwhile, motorists are facing about a 40-minute wait at the Goondiwindi checkpoint as an influx of travelers try to re-enter the state while they still can.
The wet weather would also be causing delays and people are encouraged to be patient.
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. 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.