Border lockdown: Entry pass now available

Motorists who lived on the Tweed border who needed access into Queensland for an ‘essential need’ must apply for an entry pass with the border officially closed, according to RACQ.

The online portal to gain a QLD Entry Pass was launched this morning which would allow non-residents who had a need for essential travel access into Queensland.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said it was critical that motorists listened to police and didn’t travel unless it was absolutely necessary.

“The RBT-style enforcement of the border lockdown will start at 12:01am (Thursday 26 March) and unless you are exempt you will be turned around,” Ms Smith said.

“Queensland Police will be prioritising essential food, supplies and services.

“Please do not travel unless it is essential to help ease delays for those who need to get through and allow police to do their job.”

Ms Smith said the border restrictions would likely last months, not weeks.

“The M1, Gold Coast Highway and Griffith Street will remain open under the restrictions,” she said.

“There are several road closures in place and motorists should keep up to date with RACQ Road Conditions.

“We know this will be an inconvenience for some, but this is about protecting the health and safety of all Queenslanders.”

The online entry pass could be accessed here.

Who is exempt from the requirement to enter quarantine for 14 days:

Those living outside of the State who provide critical services to Queensland:

• National/state security
• Essential health services
• Emergency services
• Transport of goods or freight including food
• Critical maintenance/repair to critical infrastructure in Queensland
• Mining/energy/agribusiness who have a plan to manage COVID-19 transmission among employees.

Queensland also allows a general compassionate grounds exemption as well as specific exemptions for those who live outside Queensland who:

• Are carers/relatives of dependent people in Queensland
• Need to obtain essential medical treatment including visiting terminally ill relatives in Queensland
• Are interstate boarding school students where school is closed
• Are required to comply with the law to travel to Queensland (for example, Family Court, parole/bail conditions).

Additional exemptions:

• People who live outside Queensland but near the border who ordinarily work or study in Queensland to travel for that purpose, or travel interstate to obtain essential goods and services
• FIFO workers in commercial construction, fishing, mining, energy or agribusiness industries.