Police are warning of even bigger delays at border checkpoints when Queensland starts welcoming back interstate travellers this week.
The borders will reopen to everyone except Victorians at midday on Friday.
Changes to the border entry scheme came into effect with next to no notice last Friday which led to traffic chaos and massive delays.
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The old border entry permit was all of sudden invalid, with everyone entering Queensland forced to download a new border declaration pass.
It comes as tough new measures were introduced to block people coming here from Victoria.
Anyone coming into the state from Victoria, including Queensland residents, will be forced into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days.
“We saw on Friday that we moved to a new border declaration pass system. It’s fair to say that initially that was difficult and we expected that,” Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.
“Every time we have brought in the new controls, particularly at our road borders and airports, that has been problematic.
“I’m happy to say that as time has gone past, we have seen, as of today there are over 180,000 of those passes that have been download and things have started to ease up.”
Police have so far refused entry to 709 people from 240 vehicles at road borders since Friday and forced 12 people into hotel quarantine.
Officers have also processed 9200 passengers flying into Queensland airports from 115 flights, including 17 from Victoria.
Of those, 33 were refused entry and 63 were sent into quarantine.
Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski admits Friday will be a big test.
“We do fully expect that Friday, with the move to more people being able to come into the state, the increased traffic flows and passenger flows through our airports will put more pressure on our system.
“It is really important for people to prepare for that, so please get ahead of the game here, download the border declaration pass, make sure you’ve got the appropriate information in it and that will make things a lot easier.
“Plan head, allow extra time, have your border declaration pass ready and be patient is the really clear message for everybody.”
Police are also reminding people that they will need a new pass every single week.
“It is only valid for seven days, so it is very important that people understand that it’s not a ‘get once and forget about it’, that every seven days they must renew their border declaration pass to be able to come through.”