Those wanting to enter Queensland will now have to have a new, valid Border Declaration Pass, as part of new border restrictions beginning today.
The new pass legally declares that the person has not been to Victoria within the last two weeks, and everyone in the vehicle is required to have one.
People wanting to come into the state have to apply for the pass now, which are available online at the Queensland government website.
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Once the pass has been approved, the person has 7 days to enter the state, or will have to apply for a new pass.
There’s already a lot of traffic building on the M1 heading into Queensland this afternoon, since the measures came into place at midday.
State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski say they are willing to work with people who haven’t yet got their new pass, but are urging the community to do it sooner rather than later.
“Some people still have the old passes, they are now invalid.
“So what we will do is work with the community as they come through today to explain was is required of them, and ask them to get it fixed as soon as possible.
“So expect to get stopped by police, if you haven’t got the right pass, expect to have to explain your situation.
“Honestly we know this is going to be pretty unpleasant for a bit, people need to understand that.
“Can we just say, ‘get it done before you go’, think about when you have to travel, understand that peak times are going to be pretty problematic so try and work around it,” Mr Gollschewski said.
From next Friday, travellers from all other states except Victoria will be allowed into Queensland as well, but will also need to apply for a border declaration pass before entry.
Queenslanders wanting to holiday outside the state will be allowed to, but will have to complete border declaration passes before re-entering.
Plus, police are warning that those who might have been waved through the borders before could get randomly stopped from now on.
“The other thing I’d like to say too is we are going to introduce a random auditing, or random interceptions, of all vehicles crossing the borders from now on.
“So previously if we’ve seen other heavy freight – that type of thing – get waved through, they will still be able to do that but we will be randomly intercepting them to make sure that there are not people getting through there that shouldn’t, that will happen from today as well,” Mr Gollschewski said.
Failure to comply with quarantine directions and border restrictions can result in on-the-spot fines of $1,334 for individuals and $6,672 for corporations.
Providing false information on the declaration or entering Queensland unlawfully could result in a $4,003 fine.
For more information, or to apply for a border declaration pass, click here.