Motorists are being reminded that the border into Queensland will look a whole lot different tomorrow, as the state opens up to the rest of Australia (except Victoria).
From midday tomorrow, anyone who enters the state will need to have a Queensland Border Declaration Pass and any necessary documentation to prove they have not been in Victoria over the past 14 days.
The changes apply to everyone who crosses the border, including Queensland residents and visitors.
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Police are also warning of lengthier delays at the crossings, due to increased numbers of visitors and teething problems.
Gold Coast Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler says all the changes are to protect Queenslanders from community transmission.
“These strict measures are about safeguarding Queensland in the midst of a global pandemic.
“They are necessary and important to maintain the good work that has already been done in controlling and stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our state.
“We acknowledge there will be a higher volume of traffic and varying delays when travelling across our border.
“We are asking members of the public to work with us and have their declaration pass, any necessary proof or documentation ready and above all, to be patient when crossing the border.
“Importantly, border passes need to be renewed every seven days to ensure declarations are accurate and up-to-date,” Chief Superintendent Wheeler said.
Police warn that failure to comply will 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.
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The Queensland Entry Declaration can be accessed here.
Police controlled vehicle checkpoints:
Griffith Street and Stuart Street
Gold Coast Highway and Coolangatta Road
M1 northbound at Stewarts Road
Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Natural Bridge will have a QPS controlled border pass system between 7am to 7pm each day and 24-hour access to emergency vehicles
Miles Street will be restricted access to local border residents only
Boundary Street and Clarke Street
Dixon Street and Bay Street
Dixon Street and Florence Street
Leeward Terrace and Tooloon Street
Kent Street near Murraba Crescent
Tomewin Mountain Road, Currumbin Valley