Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski (Photo: QPS)

November 9, 2020

An improved border pass system to streamline entering Queensland will be introduced on Tuesday (November 10).

All travellers to Queensland still have to apply in advance for a border declaration pass.

A police spokesperson said the new upgraded system would streamline processing at border checkpoints and strengthen compliance measures.

It will remove confusion around pass types by auto-selecting passes for applicants based on the information they provide.

All applicants will need to upload supporting documents for validation which may take up to three business days to be processed.

Travellers should bring their hard copy documents to border control while the new system is phased in.

There is no need for people with existing Queensland Border Declaration Passes to re-apply as all valid passes will continue to be honoured.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said 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,” Deputy Commissioner Gollshewski 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.”

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