What you need to know before heading to the Queensland border

Residents who frequently cross the Queensland-NSW border will no longer be forced to complete an online declaration form when travelling between the two states.

The drawn-out border restriction has been a tedious roadblock for the hundreds of thousands who live in the area and were regularly required to complete the online form that takes up to three business days to process.

The strong police presence has also created delays of up to three hours at the border on the Gold Coast Highway, but the fixed checkpoints will be removed from 1am on Tuesday, December 1.

Unless the traveller has been in Adelaide or overseas for two weeks prior to entering, drivers will be able to cruise over the border.

“So that means if you have not been in a hot spot or overseas for 14 days, you will no longer be required to have a border pass and can freely travel into Queensland,” Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said on Wednesday.

RELATED: Airlines flooded with would-be travellers

The borders will now longer be slowed down by strict checkpoints. Picture: Nigel HallettSource:News Corp Australia

“There will be no road border checkpoints from that day, so people will be able to travel across the Queensland border without needing a border pass.

“However, the situation in South Australia is being monitored and will be reviewed at the end of the month. That means Adelaide remains a hot spot for now.”

People coming from Adelaide will still be required to complete the online border declaration pass if driving into the Sunshine State or be forced into hotel quarantine if flying.

“While you won’t see the fixed checkpoints at Queensland borders anymore on the roads, police will still be conducting random intercepts of vehicles and checking, in particular, those that have come from South Australia,” Mr Gollschewski said.

Those who have failed to comply with these rules may be stung with a fine of more than $4000.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Wednesday morning the border restrictions imposed on Victoria would be eased.

This came less than 24 hours after the Sunshine State chief made the call to fling open the borders to the rest of NSW, allowing for a huge spike in travellers flooding airlines to snap up pre-Christmas fares.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has had a tough stance on the borders all year. Picture: Peter WallisSource:News Corp Australia

When the borders are opened on December 1, Virgin Australia will operate three services a day between Sydney and Brisbane that will ramp up to seven a day by Christmas.

Flights between Sydney and other Sunshine State destinations such as the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns will also increase.

Search for flights online between Sydney and various Queensland airports has returned to pre-coronavirus levels, evidence of a clear pent-up demand for domestic travel, according to Virgin Australia.

Qantas has also said hundreds of extra flights will hit the skies in the lead-up to Christmas, with more than 1200 extra flights into the Sunshine State from NSW and Victoria.

From December 1, the two airlines will increase operation between Sydney and seven destinations from 36 return flights per week to more than 160, returning the group’s schedule to about 60 per cent of pre-coronavirus levels.

“Based on the demand we’re seeing already, Queenslanders can expect to welcome a lot more visitors in the next few months,” Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said.

trending in travel

Source: Read Full Article