A Sydney man has copped a $4000 fine for allegedly lying on his declaration pass while trying to cross the border on the Gold Coast this morning.
The 43-year-old was busted after officers at the Griffith Street border control check point in Coolangatta intercepted a bus around 11am and spoke with the man to verify his border pass.
“His declaration indicated he was travelling from New South Wales to Queensland for essential medical treatment,” Qld police said in a statement.
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However, further inquiries revealed the man was allegedly in possession of false identification, did not actually require medical treatment and had completed his border declaration fraudulently.
He was refused entry to Queensland and issued with an on-the-spot infringement of $4,003 for failing to comply with the Covid-19 Border Direction.
The incident, which comes just two days before the Queensland border opens to all states except Victoria, has again prompted officers to warn anyone planning on entering the sunshine state to complete their border declaration pass honestly.
“The Queensland Police Service is committed to ensuring everyone complies with public health directions and will continue to enforce restrictions at the border,” Qld police said.
“Vehicles will continue to be intercepted at random where police will verify declarations with identification.
“Providing false information on the declaration or entering Queensland unlawfully could result in a $4,003 fine.”
Since 12pm on Friday 3 July, anyone entering Queensland has been required to complete a border declaration pass.
The Queensland Entry Declaration can be accessed here and is valid for seven days.