(*aka Global Entry/PreCheck that we've told you about in earlier posts – click the blue link above)
First, I must tell you that we used the Trusted Traveler fast-track Pre-check lines at Seatac and Honolulu airports in January.
And what a snap!
Laptop and our quart-sized bag of liquids stayed in the carry-on bag; we wore our shoes and jackets. There was no one else in line . . . were through security in less than five minutes!
Trusted Travelers ‘Down Under’
Note: The following information is from an email we received last week from the Department of Homeland Security:
“Visiting Australia is now easier than ever for U.S. Trusted Travelers. Late last year, Australian Customs and Border Protection opened up access to its automated border processing system, SmartGate, to U.S. Trusted Travelers. Now when you arrive in Australia, you can bypass the passport processing queues and self-process using an ePassport¹.
How does it work?
SmartGate uses facial recognition technology and biometric data to perform the customs and immigration checks usually conducted by an Australian Customs and Border Protection officer. You can still choose to talk to an Australian Customs and Border Protection officer if you prefer, but as long as you have a U.S. ePassport¹, you have the option to use SmartGate.
Can I use SmartGate?
You can use SmartGate provided you are:
- flying into Australia;
- 16 years or older; and
- traveling on a valid U.S. ePassport¹.
Tips on using SmartGate in Australia
Australian Customs and Border Protection has produced a new fact sheet to help US Trusted Travelers use SmartGate with confidence. The fact sheet is available at: http://www.globalentry.gov/pdfs/FAQs_for_US_Trusted_Travelers.pdf.
Australian Customs and Border Protection would like to hear from you
Have you tried SmartGate in Australia? Australian Customs and Border Protection would like to hear about your experience. Please email your comments, suggestions or any questions about SmartGate to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on using SmartGate in Australia, visit www.customs.gov.au/smartgateor www.globalentry.gov.
¹ For more information on ePassports, please visit http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_2498.html”
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