A limousine driver who brought three Queenslanders across the border was recently in a NSW coronavirus hotspot, police say.
The three Queenslanders have been forced into hotel quarantine and are awaiting tests to determine if they have the virus.
The driver has been sent back to NSW and there’s nothing to indicate yet that he is infected.
But Queensland police have confirmed he visited a COVID-19 hotspot in NSW within the last fortnight while that state was dealing with a major outbreak.
The limousine was intercepted when Queensland police pulled it over at Tugun on the Gold Coast on Thursday afternoon.
“Police will allege the driver … did not provide a Queensland Border Pass and had travelled to a declared NSW hotspot within the past 14 days,” police said on Friday.
The 43-year-old driver has been returned to his home state with a $4135 fine for failing to comply with coronavirus border rules.
Police are yet to confirm if the three Queenslanders, all female, also visited hotspot areas in NSW.
Earlier, Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the three passengers were not cooperating with investigators.
He said the limousine was one of two cases of people entering Queensland on “false declarations”.
The other involved a 79-year-old driver who has also been put into quarantine.
“For those coming into our state – understand what is required of you,” Mr Gollschewski said on Friday.
Queensland has declared Victoria a hotspot, and anyone entering the state after 1am on Saturday will have to complete two weeks of quarantine. The same rules apply to the hotspot Queensland has declared over greater Sydney.