Moree Plains Shire LGA removed from NSW/Queensland Border Bubble


From 12.01am Friday 5 November 2021, the Moree Plains Shire LGA was declared a restricted border zone area under the Queensland Government. Due to the growing concern of positive COVID-19 cases in the local area, residents from Moree Plain Shire will no longer be able to cross Queensland border except for limited reasons such as essential health care. 

What does this mean for the point to point transport industry?

This means service providers and drivers who live or stay in Moree Plains Shire LGA cannot cross the border to provide passenger services. For more information, visit the Queensland government website. 

The LGAs included in the border bubble are: Ballina, Byron Bay, City of Lismore, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Inverell, Kyogle, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, and Tweed. Drivers who live or stay in these LGAs can cross the border to provide passenger services but only if they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination. Evidence of the vaccination must be carried at all times. Drivers will also be required to first complete a Border Zone Travel (X/XR Pass) in order to cross the border.  For more information, visit the Queensland government website. 

COVID safe rules remain:

  • Drivers and passengers must continue to wear masks in the vehicle unless an applicable mask exemption applies.
    o    More information on mask-wearing, including exemptions, can be found on in the mask-wearing FAQ’s on the Keeping COVID Safe page. 
  • Drivers must continue to check-in via the NSW Government QR code at the start of their shift and check out once their shift has finished.
  • Passengers must continue to check-in at the start of or early on during their journey.

Follow our COVID safe tips

  • Passengers should sit in the back seat
  • Use contactless payment methods where available
  • Do not travel if unwell, stay home and get tested immediately 
  • Passengers should handle their own luggage
  • Drivers are encouraged to sanitise their vehicle at the end of each shift at a minimum.

Stay up to date

We will continue to update the Industry as new information and Public Health Order updates become available.

The Commissioner’s website and COVID-19 updates page provides further information COVID safe rules and how they apply to the Industry.