Global Entry and Nexus/Sentri Users Now Eligible for SmartGate in Australia
Those travelers who are members of Global Entry or Nexus/Sentri are now automatically eligible to use Australia’s SmartGate automated border processing system when arriving in the country. No enrollment is required and travelers can bypass the passport/immigration lines and proceed to a SmartGate kiosk.
SmartGate uses a combination of biometric data and face recognition technology to process travelers at Australia’s borders. It is available to people 16 years of age and older who are Global Entry or Nexus/Sentri members who hold a U.S. passport.
Using SmartGate is fairly straightforward although somewhat different than Global Entry as it’s a two-step process.
Step one is to proceed to a SmartGate kiosk and, just like with Global Entry, place your passport into the reader and answer the questions using the touchscreen. The kiosk will then issue a SmartGate ticket.
Step two is proceed to the gate (hence the name SmartGate) and insert your ticket in the slot. Look at the camera using a similar facial expression as the one on your passport photo and the gate will open. Simply retrieve your ticket, claim your baggage (if you’ve checked any), and hand in your SmartGate ticket and Incoming Passenger Card upon reaching the Customs and Border Protection checkpoint.
Travelers will still require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa to enter the country. The ETA can be obtained online and costs $A20.
SmartGate is available at all major international gateways including Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.