Rathdowney border crossing declarations under new regulations from midday tomorrow

NEW RULES: Police are expecting an increase in traffic as borders open but will still check every vehicle coming to Queensland. Photo: Supplied
NEW RULES: Police are expecting an increase in traffic as borders open but will still check every vehicle coming to Queensland. Photo: Supplied

FROM tomorrow Queensland will open its borders to all states with the exception of declared hot spots .

The entire state of Victoria has been declared as a hot spot for people entering Queensland.

The Logan policing district, which encompasses the Scenic Rim will have officers ready to process vehicles coming to Queensland through Rathdowney.

District Chief Superintendant Brian Swan said while people coming to Queensland have been made aware of the need for a border declaration pass, a few changes will come into effect from midday on July 10.

"Both Queensland residents and interstate visitors will need to present a declaration pass and any documents proving that they have not been to Victoria in the past 14 days," he said.

"These might include booking confirmations or receipts from camp grounds or other locations.

"Anyone failing to comply with police directions at the border could face an on the spot fine of $1300 for an individual or $6600 for a corporation.

"The declaration pass must be renewed after seven days to make sure the information on it is up to date."

Chief Superintendent Swan said anyone who had been in a COVID hotspot would not be granted entry to Queensland, apart from Queensland residents who would be quarantined at a secured hotel in Brisbane or the Gold Coast at their own expense.

He said there would be exemptions including health workers, government officials, police and members of the military conducting official business.

"These seem like fairly strict measures but they are really important to maintain the good work Queenslanders have done to control the spread of COVID-19," he said.

"We are expecting an increase in traffic at the border so there may be some delays," Chief Superintendent Swan said.

"We are asking people to be patient and we will work as quickly as we can.

"We have some information that there are a lot of motor homes and caravans with travellers intending to head north to Queensland. We ask that people with these vehicles check to see if they are eligible to enter Queensland.

"We don't want people to be disappointed if we have to turn them round."

Chief Superintendent Swan said police would also be conducting random checks of vehicle on highways and backroads near the border.

He reminded people that the Queensland Entry Declaration was a legally binding document.

Providing false information on the declaration or entering Queensland unlawfully could result in a $4,003 fine.

The border declaration also contains a requirement for people to get tested for COVID-19 if they develop symptoms after entering Queensland.

This comes as Health Minister Steven Miles said the document would require anyone who comes in to Queensland to sign off on their requirement to be tested. Those who failed to comply would face a $4004 penalty.

Mr Miles said the requirement would also apply to Queenslanders returning to Queensland, where there are currently only two active cases of COVID-19 registered.

"Since this pandemic began, we have continuously urged Queenslanders to get tested at the slightest hint of a symptom and they have responded," he said.

"So it makes sense for people coming from interstate or who have travelled interstate to show the same commitment to keeping Queensland safe from COVID-19."

Mr Miles said Queensland Health would text travellers to remind them of their obligation and ask if they have developed symptoms.

"And to assist travellers to meet their obligations mobile testing clinics will be deployed to the most popular tourist destinations.

"We will assess the border pass applications and make sure that areas with high visitor numbers get extra support - places like the Gold Coast and Cairns."

A Health Department spokeswoman said it was unsure if the Scenic Rim would also get a mobile testing clinic until Queensland Health assesses the number of border passes used here tomorrow.

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