Queensland Police has announced that an updated border pass system will come into effect from today, with the aim of streamlining the process of entering Queensland.
Those with existing Queensland Border Declaration Passes won’t need to reapply, as all valid passes will still be honoured.
The Queensland Police Service statement said the online application process will remove confusion around pass types by auto-selecting passes for applicants based on the information they provide.
Those applying will need to upload supporting documents for validation which may take up to three business days to be processed. Those planning on crossing the border should bring their hard copy documents to border control while the new system is phased in.
According to Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski, the revamped system was designed to streamline processes while ensuring compliance with border restrictions was maintained.
“This is an automated system to remove confusion and assist in speeding up processing at the border,” he said.
“The improvements to the system will further reduce the risk to Queenslanders by strengthening enforcement measures on those who seek to enter our state with false declarations.
“While most people coming into Queensland do the right thing, there have been a number of instances of people attempting to blatantly disobey the directions and make false declarations.
“The new improvements address concerns and give a very clear message that if you don’t have a valid border pass, you will not be granted access into Queensland.
“We urge everyone coming into Queensland to plan ahead and make sure you apply for a border pass before your travel.”