Australia speeds up immigration process for Hong Kong travellers

Travel News 11 Jul 2016

Eligible Hong Kong passport holders can now use automated immigration clearance service at all international airports in Australia.

Holders of electronic SAR passports who are aged 16 or above and have no adverse record in Australia and a valid visa to the country, are now eligible to use the SmartGate service upon arrival at international airports in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, the Gold Coast and Perth.

Having completed an incoming passenger card, eligible travelers may proceed to a SmartGate self-service kiosk in the arrival hall of the airport and place their passport onto the reader.

A SmartGate ticket will be issued upon completion of the procedures. Travellers then proceed for facial identity verification, and must return the ticket and a completed arrival card to immigration staff to complete the arrival process.

In addition, when departing Australia, Hong Kong passport holders who stand over 120cm tall can use the SmartGate service at the country’s international airports in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, the Gold Coast and Perth.

Enabling Hong Kong travellers to move through border clearance more quickly and effectively.

Hong Kong has implemented a mutual use of automated clearance services with the country. Under this reciprocal arrangement, holders of an Australian passport can enrol for the e-Channel service in Hong Kong free of charge

The Immigration Department said the arrangement allows for greater travel convenience for Hong Kong residents and Australian visitors, and boosts trade, business and tourism links between the two places.

To ensure a smooth travel experience FCM encourages travellers to be aware of their passport information so as to ensure you have a smooth immigration experience. Check to see if you have an eligible HKSAR passport, check if your visa is valid and confirm your passport has a minimum of six months validity from the date of expiry.