Queensland Police are asking those waiting to enter into Queensland once again to have documentation and patience close at hand.
Gold Coast District Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler told the Today show there were lengthy delays at Queensland’s southern border from noon on Friday.
“We ask people to be patient, plan your journey and understand we are trying to get you through as quickly as possible,” Spt Wheeler said.
“If you are coming through the M1, expect there will be delays.”
Traffic was backed up about six kilometres on Friday from the M1 border checkpoint, which would normally amount to a 20-minute delay but delays were reportedly up to one hour due to documentation not being in place.
The superintendent implored those looking to cross the Queensland border to have their Border Declaration Pass complete before reaching the checkpoint.
The pass applies to all visitors to the state, as well as Queenslanders returning to the state after interstate travel, but will not be available to Victorians.
The pass is a print-at-home document and issued after the completion of an online questionnaire.
Failure to comply with quarantine directions and border restrictions can result in on-the-spot fines of $1334 for individuals and $6672 for corporations.
Providing false information on the declaration or entering Queensland unlawfully could result in a $4003 fine.
State disaster coordinator Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said previous border entry passes into Queensland were now invalid.
“Each person travelling must have a completed Queensland Border Declaration Pass and those travelling by road need to have one clearly displayed within their vehicle to enable priority passage,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.
“They must also carry identification which show a residential address.”
The Queensland Entry Declaration is valid for seven days and restrictions apply to all travel to Queensland – air, sea, rail and road.
Since reopening the borders at noon on Friday, the police have turned away a “very small handful” of visitors.
“Some of those people we weren’t confident they hadn’t come from a hot spot. We had six on our M1, one of our major arterial roads into Queensland,” Spt Wheeler said.
“We have seen really good compliance at Coolangatta Airport. We didn’t have to turn anyone around.”
The Queensland borders will be monitored by an operation made up by more than 1000 personnel in partnership with Australian Defence Force, State Emergency Service and a number of other government agencies.