As of November 01, 2012 Australian Customs and Border Protection allows eligible US Trusted Travelers to use Australia's automated border processing system, SmartGate, on a trial basis.  US citizens who are members of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to use SmartGate upon arrival in Australia if they:

  • are a member of CBP's Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI Program;
  • travel on a valid U.S. ePassport and
  • are 16 years of age or older.

SmartGate performs the customs and immigration checks usually conducted by an Australian Customs and Border Protection officer. It uses the data in the ePassport and face recognition technology to securely and efficiently process passengers.

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