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COVID-19: What NSW travellers entering QLD need to know


From Far North Police:

Queensland border checkpoints have been reinstated at all major border crossings and will be continually rolled out across the state by 6am tomorrow morning (December 22).

Anyone entering Queensland by road or air from New South Wales, including Queensland residents will need to complete a border declaration pass online prior to travelling to Queensland.

Those who have travelled from a declared New South Wales hotspot on or since Friday, December 11 are urged to get a COVID-19 test and immediately self-isolate. Travellers are also directed to apply for a Queensland border direction pass.

Queensland residents returning from a hotspot before 1am tomorrow Tuesday, December 22 are able to complete a 14-day quarantine process at home, provided they undergo a COVID-19 test.

People quarantining at a private address need to take their obligations seriously and stay at home.

Police will be conducting random checks on those people in home quarantine to ensure they are doing the right thing and not putting others at risk by going into public spaces.

A police presence will remain at airports with compliance checks carried out on all flights from New South Wales and random checks on passengers disembarking from other interstate flights.

State Disaster Coordinator Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said tightening border controls was vital to keep Queenslanders safe.

“We know it has been difficult for many people, particularly those who were looking forward to spending time with their family and friends over the festive season,” Gollschewski said.

“As with previous border changes, we expect significant delays for motorists at some border crossings and we thank everyone for their patience.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to understand and listen closely to the Queensland public health directions as the situation in New South Wales develops.

“Now is not the time to be complacent, and I’d like to thank all Queenslanders for playing their part to help keep our community safe,” he 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.

The Queensland Entry Declaration can be accessed at www.qld.gov.au/border-pass and is valid for fourteen days.