AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety is increasing its presence at the Texas-Louisiana state border and has established COVID-19 checkpoints and screenings for all Louisiana travelers entering the state.

Last week, Texas Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-12 which requires all travelers entering the state of Texas through roadways from Louisiana to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine or until their departure from Texas, whichever is shorter.

The checkpoints will be established in Texas counties that border Louisiana and will allows DPS troopers to gather forms required under GA-12 which, in part, identifies a travelers' designated quarantine location.

"Travelers will be asked to complete the travel form required under GA-12, and it’s important for those entering Texas from Louisiana to be prepared to stop," read a statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Abbott's previous executive order, GA-11, issues the same mandate to air travelers from Louisiana entering Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is administering and enforcing the travel orders and may check on travelers at their designated quarantine locations for compliance. Non-compliance with the order is a criminal offense punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and/or up to 180 days in jail.

GA-12 does not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, and critical infrastructure functions.

Additional information and travel forms can be found on the Texas Department of Public Safety's website, here: www.dps.texas.gov/COVIDtravel.

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