Australia Expands SmartGate Border Processing

By Dex Tennyson, for 07 November, 2014

Australia's Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced that the country's automated border processing technology, Smartgate, is now available at all major international airports on a trial basis to e-passport holders from Canada and Ireland, and that further trials are expected for visitors from China, Hong Kong, and Japan by the start of 2015.

To use the service, travelers need to have an ePassport, which has a microchip embedded in the center pages and an international ePassport symbol on the front cover. The service is already available to travelers from New Zealand, UK, US, and Singapore, as well as returning Australians, and a trial for Swiss e-Passport holders is still underway. The Government intends to roll out the scheme to Malaysian, Indian, and French e-Passport holders shortly.

Morrison said that it was increasingly important for Australia to provide "a seamless, low-touch experience" at international airports "to ensure the Australian economy reaps the benefit of growing travel and trade across the Asia-Pacific."

He said: "This technology makes the border more efficient and also allows our frontline border protection officers to devote more time to focus on traveler interactions, intelligence gathering, enforcement, and targeting activity, which are key to preventing threats at the border."

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