What is SmartGate?
SmartGate is an automated self-service border control system. It is operated by the Australian Border Force and located at immigration checkpoints in ten Australian international airports.
SmartGates use ePassports and facial recognition technology to check a passenger's identity against the data stored in the chip of their biometric passport, as well as performing additional security checks by checking this information against immigration databases. The process is quick and secure, meaning passengers can leave the airport faster.
Please note, SmartGate does not change the visa requirements or the visa process for travel to Australia.
Who is eligible to use Arrival SmartGates?
Travellers need to meet certain criteria to be eligible to use Australia's arrival SmartGates. Travellers can use SmartGates by having an ePassport from an eligible country and: 1. be a citizen or non-citizen aged 16 years or older, or be an Australian citizen aged 10 to 15 years old and travelling with at least two adults.
All Australian passports have ePassports. Other eligible countries include:
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Who is eligible to use Departure SmartGates?
Unlike the arrival SmartGates, passengers of any nationality can use departure SmartGates. Passengers will still need to have an ePassport or other machine-readable passport.