As of midnight last night border restrictions came into force on the NSW and Queensland border.
This has seen police stopping vehicles on the highway to question their reasons for crossing the boarder. Travellers and holidaymakers are either being turned away or having to commit to 14 days self-isolation.
Medical appointments, essential shopping, work, and freight transportation are some of the exceptions that will be allowed to cross the border.
An online portal has been launched for people to apply for a Queensland entry pass that we live this morning. The portal is designed for non-residents who have a need for essential travel into Queensland, relying upon an exemption category under the Chief Health Officer’s direction related to border crossing.
The Queensland state disaster coordinator deputy commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the community should avoid all non-essential cross-border travel.
‘The system went live with a soft launch last night. Applicants who are deemed eligible for an entry pass will be electronically issued a pass at the end of completing a short online form,’ said Mr Gollschewski.
‘The issued pass is print-at-home and applicants given instructions to display within their vehicle to enable priority passage.
‘Border restrictions apply to all travel to Queensland by air, sea, rail or road.
‘Essential food, supplies and services are being prioritised. The community can assist us by not trying to cross the border unless their travel is essential,’ he said.
Arrivals to Queensland from another state or territory must self-isolate for 14 days unless they are an exempt person.
Failure to comply with quarantine directions can result in penalties of up to $13,345 for individuals and $66,672.50 for corporations.
The website can be accessed at Queensland border pass.