Hours long delays at border expected

RACQ has warned motorists to expect long delays at the New South Wales and Queensland border as the border closure was reinstated by the Queensland Government.

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The Courier Mail reported full barricades and checkpoints would be up by 6am 22 December.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said there had already been two-hour long delays today as motorists tried to make their way across the border.

“Traffic stretched all the way back to Banora Point, it was some of the worst traffic conditions since border closures were introduced earlier this year,” Ms Ritchie said.

“From tomorrow, everyone will be stopped at the border to have their border declaration pass checked.

“Our advice to motorists is to allow extra travel time and be patient. The checkpoints are there to keep everyone safe.

“It’s also a good idea to check what traffic is like before you start your journey at RACQ Road Conditions.”

Ms Ritchie said from 1am 22 December, Queensland residents returning from Greater Sydney would be required to get a border pass and undertake 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine.

“More information about border passes can be found at the Queensland Government website,” she said.

“Anyone travelling into Queensland who has been anywhere in New South Wales at any time since 1am Friday 11 December, must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

“However, if you’ve been in Greater Sydney you will required an exemption to enter the State and will have to quarantine for 14 days at your own expense.

“This situation is changing quickly, so we’re urging motorists to stay up to date with the latest Government advice before hitting the road.”