Bad news for anyone heading across the border back into Queensland this afternoon, with the new border checks causing massive delays for motorists.
The old border permits are now invalid, with everyone, including Queenslanders, required to fill in a new declaration form online in order to get back into the sunshine state.
Traffic is currently at a standstill northbound on the Pacific Motorway all the way from Tugun back to Tweed Heads South.
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Warnings have even been put up on electronic billboards on the M1, advising motorists that delays of at least 90 minutes are being experienced.
Acting Superintendent Greg Baade has urged drivers to fill out the declaration forms before they get to the checkpoints in order to help minimise delays.
“We know this is going to be pretty unpleasant for a bit, people need to understand that, and can we just say can you get it done before you go, think about when you have to travel, understand that peak times are going to be really problematic so try and work around them.”
Police say they will go easy on motorists who haven’t yet been able to get their hands on a new pass today, but warn they will be cracking down tomorrow.
“We’re doing communication and compassion so we’re telling people get it by tomorrow, and tomorrow you will see congestion but just be patient and we will get you through.”
To apply for a new border declaration pass, click here.