Police say not everyone who comes to Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot to home quarantine will be thoroughly checked at the airport when travelers start arriving under new border rules.
- 141 people have already entered the state using the new system
- Police say over 1,300 people have applied for passports
- Random audits are performed at airports
More than 140 people have already entered the state under the new passport system, which came into force on Monday night.
Under the new measures, eligible applicants who meet the home quarantine requirements can receive border passports immediately.
It comes as the state did not register new cases of COVID-19 in the local community and one in hotel quarantine.
Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski told ABC Radio Brisbane that there are more than 1,300 applications in the new home quarantine system.
The police presence will also be increased across state airports to accommodate the enforcement of the new rules, which allow interstate travelers to fly to any airport within two hours drive of their designated quarantine facility.
Passengers must also be fully vaccinated and present a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of travel.
“Expect to be checked and make sure you have the evidence with you that you should have,” he said.
“They do a review of people coming through, sometimes it’s 100 percent, and sometimes it’s not.
“So far last night, we have had 141 people who have come in and we currently have 1,319 applications in the system for the new passport, and we still have over 12,000 people in total with applications in the system.”
The Deputy Commissioner said that even if the level of compliance had been very high, random checks would still be carried out.
Police are urging anyone coming to Queensland under the new rules to be aware of the negative PCR test requirements required within 72 hours.
“As long as people can upload a screenshot of that text message, the system will accept it, but of course we’re doing random revisions and we’ll check people and we’ll make sure everyone’s doing the right thing,” he said.
Queensland Health said home-rapid antigen testing would not be accepted as evidence of a negative test result.
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