Queensland Will Completely Ban Victorians From Entering State

Marco Green
July 11, 2020

"That's why we're announcing these strict new measures because we can't afford to import that risk from other states".

Queensland Police stop and inspect all vehicles attempting to enter Queensland at Tugun outside the Gold Coast Airport border crossing.

State Emergency Coordinator Chris Dawson said the WA Government had spoken to industry and warned them to source workers who were now eligible for an exemption to WA's hard border from places other than Victoria.

Although Queenslanders returning to the state from Victoria will still be able to come home, they'll continue to be required to go into forced quarantine for 14 days, in a hotel, and pay for the costs.

The news comes as Ms Palaszczuk said accommodation bookings were on par with the same time past year ahead of the borders reopening on Friday in time for the second week of NSW school holidays.

Its members have fielded a number of queries over the last few days, with some saying medical services in Victoria are providing different advice to what is being disseminated in NSW.

On top of the statutory declaration motorists must carry that says they have not been in Victoria for 14 days, a new burden of proof has been imposed on all travellers.

He said motorists were now taking about 30 minutes to get through the three main Gold Coast border checkpoints at Coolangatta, Tugun and Bilinga.

Applicants must then enter their personal details, and declare they will get a coronavirus test if they develop symptoms. Don't be dashing throughout the border at present as a result of you'll be sitting in site visitors for hours.

"This is the new normal".

"They will be turned around".

Tweed Byron Police Commander Superintendent Dave Roptell suggested drivers "have some snacks and water in the car".

Dr Chant said these cases had originated from travel to greater Melbourne, and urged anyone who was returning from Victoria to follow the rules around self-isolation and said this was vital to prevent further seeding.

The state government's even considering putting interstate arrivals in hotel quarantine like returned overseas travellers, but this time they'd have to foot the bill.

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At the time of the announcement - and at the time of writing this article - Queensland only has two active cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Freight drivers are exempt from the new rules.

Almost 250,000 people have applied for a border declaration pass ahead of Friday's opening.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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