Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has issued a warning to anyone planning to travel across the New South Wales-Queensland border at the weekend that there will be “lengthy delays”.
- Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged holiday-makers to carefully consider when to cross the border
- Lengthy delays at the border will be caused by necessary police checks
- Passengers must ensure they have an up-to-date border pass
Queensland’s borders officially re-open on July 10 to all states and territories except Victoria.
Police will be stationed at border crossings to enforce quarantine controls for anyone who has been in Victoria in the last 14 days.
Ms Palaszczuk said holiday-makers who planned to travel across the border from Friday should carefully consider their plans.
“We do expect on the weekend that there will be lengthy delays … I’m telling the public now,” she said.
“I’ve asked people to think about the way in which they plan their holidays or their trips.
“And that they actually think about not going at the peak times and spreading it over a number of days.”
All motorists, sea, rail and air passengers are required to fill in the online Queensland Border Declaration Pass, print it out, and have it available for inspection by police.
The latest figures from police show that since July 3, 13,000 vehicles have been stopped with 13 people directed to enter hotel quarantine and 282 vehicles turned away.
At airports, more than 12,000 passengers have been checked and 94 people have been sent to hotel quarantine because they have been in a hotspot.
Border pass checks to impact travel time
Queensland police said while not every vehicle would be inspected at the border, it was expected some passengers would be carrying outdated passes and would need to complete a new form before being allowed entry to Queensland.
Depending on a person’s answer to the pass questionnaire, they would be given a letter of ‘Q’, meaning they may need to quarantine, ‘E’ to flag they are exempt (e.g. essential worker), or ‘G’ for a general pass for members of the public.
Police have said they will stop and check all cars with ‘Q’ and ‘E’ passes, and cars with ‘G’ at random.
“We have to take these precautions because these are necessary precautions to keep Queenslanders safe,” Ms Palaszczuk.
“We’re very cautious that what’s happening in Melbourne could be happening anywhere, so we have to be vigilant.”
Ms Palaszczuk also warned anyone who had returned to Queensland before the hotel quarantine cut-off of July 3 to be very closely monitoring their health.