The Gold Coast borders are coming down earlier than planned, in order to free up vital police resources as Queensland approaches the peak of the Omicron variant.
From 1.00 am on Saturday January 15 all the barricades will come down and border passes won’t be necessary any longer.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has thanked the police for their assistance on the border over the last several months.
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However, the international travel arrangements remain in place for at least a little while longer.
While we’re letting in unvaccinated people into the state, the Queensland Health Minister says other restrictions such as entry to hospitality venues must still remain in place.
Police report processing 3.3 million online border pass declarations.
Almost 36,000 cars were turned around at the road borders, while some 20,000 people were directed into quarantine from the road borders.
At the airports, police met almost 30,000 flights on arrival, checking 1.8 million passengers.
4,452 people were refused entry at the domestic airports.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll is pleased with today’s announcement and thanked the community for their patience.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says this is the largest number of people that Queenslanders have lost during the pandemic.
“Can I please express my deepest sympathies to the families of the people who have passed away.
“This will be very difficult time for families at the moment.
“Unfortunately we are in a pandemic but it is a very sad day for of the pandemic,” Premier Palaszczuk said.