The passport SmartGates which speed the arrivals process for Australian and New Zealand travellers at Australia’s eight major international airports now cater for many other nationalities and the numbers of people using them is about to rise sharply.
Australia’s arrival SmartGates can now be used by eligible Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, Japanese, Korean, French and Swedish ePassport holders, almost doubling the current eight eligible passports to 15.
Arrivals SmartGates at all Australian international airports will now provide a permanent automated border clearance option for many of Australia’s most regular visitors, including those from China, which behind Australia and New Zealand is the third largest source for overseas travellers.
The expansion will enable passengers to self-process using SmartGate and move through border clearance more efficiently, according to Immigration and Border Protection.
Visitors are now allowed to use arrivals SmartGates if they are aged 16 years or older and if they hold an ePassport from one of the following:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States of America.
Arrivals SmartGate is currently available at Australia’s eight major international airports, including:
- Gold Coast
The Australian Border Force processed more than 35 million travellers through Australian airports in 2014-15. The number of travellers arriving in Australia is steadily increasing and the expansion of SmartGate to other nationalities “will help the Australian Border Force maintain border security while managing the challenge of growing traveller numbers”, a statement says.
* These locations have SmartGate kiosks in the arrivals concourses as well as at passport control.
Edited by Peter Needham