Holiday-makers have been put on notice that border declaration passes to enter Queensland must be renewed every seven days.

From midday on Friday, Queensland’s borders will open for the first time since closing in mid-March to stymie the spread of COVID-19.

Anyone who has been in Victoria in the previous 14 days, including returning Queensland residents, will be placed in quarantine at their own expense.

As of Tuesday, more than 180,000 border declaration passes had been downloaded, says Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski.

The state is expecting a major influx of school holiday-makers from NSW and Mr Gollschewski says they should factor in lengthy delays at border crossings.

“When coming in, as well as your border declaration pass, you must have proof of address,” he said.

“It is not a ‘get once and forget about it’. It is only valid for seven days.”


He said anyone from Victoria who claims to have spent 14 days in NSW before entering the state must provide proof of their stay, or they will be quarantined.

Police have already given some people their marching orders with 33 people refused entry as of midday Tuesday.

Another 63 people who flew in from COVID-stricken Victoria have already gone into mandatory hotel quarantine under rules that took effect last Friday, Mr Gollschewski said.

At the road border checkpoints, 240 vehicles containing a total of 709 people were turned around and 12 allowed into quarantine.

“We do fully expect that Friday, with the move to more people being able to come into the state, that the increased traffic flows and passenger flights for airports will put more pressure on our system,” he said.

There are just two active cases in Queensland following a positive test on Tuesday, the first in more than a week.