Frustrated motorists are facing delays up to two hours as Queensland police stop every car with a NSW registration plate at the Gold Coast border checkpoint.

The coast’s top cop today urged those hopeful to enter the sunshine state to “pack their patience” amid delays following the announcement of new coronavirus hot spots in Sydney and new border declaration requirements rushed through state parliament yesterday.

Parliament also approved possible six month jail sentence for those found lying on declaration passes.

Since lunchtime on Tuesday, five interstate travellers arriving at Coolangatta Airport have been turned around, alongside 30 motorists intercepted at the M1 border checkpoint.

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All drivers with a NSW licence plate will now be stopped at the border, regardless of their border declaration. It comes as the Queensland government announced all 77 suburbs in Campbelltown and Liverpool local government areas in south western Sydney were coronavirus hot spots, joining the entire state of Victoria.

That means non-Queensland residents coming from those areas will be turned around. Queensland residents will have to quarantine if they have been to those areas.

Speaking at the Coolangatta checkpoint today, District Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said police were filtering tens of thousands of vehicles a day through five checkpoints.

“These delays are inevitable, the announcement of the two new hot spots means we have to intercept all drivers with NSW number plates to ensure they haven’t come from those areas,” he said.

“We’re currently reviewing what we can do at those checkpoints to get people through quicker, but the safety of our officers is important.”

Supt Wheeler said he understood the constantly changing border restrictions could be frustrating, but urged motorists to be patient.

“Everyone can appreciate this is an evolving situation, and things are changing by the hour in some instances,” he said.

“I’m aware this is impacting people’s lives, especially in Coolangatta and Tweed.

“There’s a simple rule: if you’re coming from a hot spot and you’re not a Queensland resident, don’t come to Queensland because you will be turned around.

“If you are a Queensland resident and you’ve been in a hotspot, you will have to quarantine at your own expense.”

Border businesses and residents are frustrated by ‘moving goalposts’.

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A Tweed Heads tourism park operator said it was a daily job to figure out how to get 20 minutes up the road.

“Crossing the border has been a nightmare, but you just have to keep renewing your border declaration,” he said.

“Especially now with these hot spots in Sydney, anyone with a NSW licence plate will now have to factor in extra time to get across.

“That could be hours.”

Falsifying declaration documents will also receive a heftier punishment, as the government pushed changes through parliament.

An on-the-spot fine of $4003 will be issued to those found to be falsifying their documents, but Health Minister Steven Miles said they wouldn’t hesitate to dish out imprisonment sentences for wrongdoers.

“The amendments allow us to apply a penalty of imprisonment for breaches of health directions,” he said on Tuesday.

“The maximum penalty is six months imprisonment. We hope that demonstrates how serious we are about enforcing these measures, how everyone complies and how serious the penalty might be if they fail to do so.”

Anyone who has been in coronavirus hot spots in NSW or Victoria in the past 14 days is either being denied entry into Queensland or sent to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at their own expense.

Mr Miles said so far 18 Queenslanders had come forward to say they had been in Campbelltown or Liverpool and had agreed to coronavirus testing.

Eleven results have come back negative, with the rest still pending.