Naked-eyed Queenslanders have claimed to see exiled Victorians sneak into the state as it finally opens after 106 days of border closings.
Traffic already pulled back on Friday morning for the long-awaited border opening at noon.
Up to 250,000 Australians are expected to search for a winter sun in the coming weeks.
However, due to the dire situation in Melbourne, with a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus infections, Victorians are not admitted.
Concerned residents have reported seeing cars with Victorian number plates in the state, raising concerns that some may have already sneaked in.
There is a lot of traffic on the Gold Coast Highway, hours before the Queensland border reopens on Friday at noon (see photo). All these vehicles went to an official checkpoint
Locals near Bundaberg in Queensland posted online (photo) claiming that Victorians had crept ‘on back roads’ across the border
Up to 250,000 Australians looking for a winter sun are expected to enter the state in the coming weeks (pictured, drivers queuing to enter the state on Friday afternoon)
A woman in Bundaberg posted on Facebook and said: ‘Victorian caravans quite happy with themselves crossing the QLD border on side roads
“Now I’m staying in the small coastal town of Woodgate. I hope they get caught and fined.
“Be very aware of the residents of Woodgate. I hope the police visit them. ‘
But the police have dismissed the claims, as the license plates are likely from people already traveling in Queensland before the border is closed, or from locals using rental cars.
“Just because someone sees a vehicle with a Victorian license plate driving along the highway doesn’t mean they can’t be in the state,” Childers police sergeant told the ABC.
A bus driver is spoken to by the police on Friday at the Coolangatta checkpoint (pictured) before the border that reopens at noon
Annastacia Palaszczuk (photo on Friday) has warned southerners that they could ‘spend hours in traffic’ while authorities conduct coronavirus investigations on Queensland borders
“We conducted patrols at Woodgate Caravan Park. We spoke to management and were able to verify that all vehicles in that Victorian plate park were legally in Queensland.
“Some were rental cars rented from Brisbane by Queensland residents … others had been in Queensland for two and three months before COVID-19 started.”
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk on Friday sent a grim warning to avid travelers looking to descend into the Sunshine State, warning of massive traffic jams.
A motorist in the car is interrogated on Friday at a police checkpoint on the border between Queensland and New South Wales (photo)
The Prime Minister of Queensland made it clear that when the state borders reopen at noon on Friday, southerners can “sit in traffic for hours” as police, military and medical authorities conduct coronavirus investigations.
The border has been closed since March 26, and only essential workers are allowed to withdraw to the state.
“Patience will certainly be a virtue today,” Palaszczuk told ABC’s Breakfast program just hours before the reopening of July 10.
“We know there will be long delays.
“I’ve been saying to everyone all week, please plan your trip. Don’t rush across the border today because you’re in traffic for hours.
“If you can delay your trip, put it off.”
Although seven of Australia’s eight states and territories can plan their next Queensland getaway, Victoria is not invited.
Victoria was brutally cut from a viral map of Australia when Melbourne begins its second coronavirus lock (see photo)
To enter Queensland, all travelers by air, sea or road must have their online border statement checked by the police (pictured Friday before the border opening)
In the past seven days, there have been nearly 800 confirmed cases of the deadly virus, mainly in northwest Melbourne.
“All other states and territories have not seen a large-scale transfer of communities, so that means people are free to come here, but if they show symptoms they will have to submit to a mandatory test because we want to preserve the great state of Queensland COVID -free ‘, Mrs. Palaszczuk.
“We know Victoria is struggling and my heart goes out to everyone in Victoria.”
To enter Queensland, all travelers must have their online border statement checked by police by air, sea or road.
One of the questions on the application asks if you have entered the state of Victoria in the past 14 days.
Drivers queue at the Queensland border which reopens on Friday (photo)
If you choose yes, you will not have access.
The only exceptions are for residents, a student or someone on the run.
But anyone caught giving false information on the form could face a hefty fine of between $ 4,004 for individuals and $ 13,345 for businesses.
“Don’t think you can get through this if you lie or make a false statement, you will be fined,” said the prime minister.
Queensland authorities have also warned against heavy vehicle drivers attempting to smuggle southerners hidden in trucks.
Drivers can be seen on the Queensland border on Friday (pictured) before opening at noon
“We’ve seen other heavy cargo (s) swing that kind of thing before,” said Vice Commissioner Steve Gollschewski, Queensland State Disaster Coordinator.
“They’ll still be able to do that, but we’ll randomly intercept them to make sure … people don’t get through who shouldn’t.
“We’ve already had people try to test the system all the way through, so we’re really going to make sure people don’t.”
Queensland has only recorded two confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past three weeks. It did not register any new cases on Friday.
Anyone traveling from Victoria to Queensland will be fined $ 4,000 for lying to the police (photo, border controls)