Sydney to have Automated departure SmartGates by June

Travel News 01 May 2015

The Sydney airport might install the smart gates by June this year, followed by eight of Australia's largest international airports including those in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Cairns and the Gold Coast.

With the use of the smart-gates, eligible travellers will have an option to self-process through passport control which provides a more secure and efficient way to clear through passport control. The gates makes use of data in a passenger's ePassport and face recognition technology to carry out customs and immigration checks that are usually conducted by a Customs and Border Protection officer.

People who are above 16 and hold an ePassport from countries including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the US and Singapore are eligible to use the SmartGates. Under trial arrangement, people holding Switzerland, Canadian or Irish ePassport and aged 16 years or over and people aged 10-15 years old and are travelling with a minimum of two adults holding Australian ePassport can also make use of the technology under trial arrangements.

For further information please contact your travel manager.