International jetsetters will no longer need to complete and present a ‘travel history card’ when returning to Australia from mid-December as the Federal Government winds back its Ebola screening measures at the nation’s airports.
The move is welcome news for frequent business travellers whose travel history cards are already seldom collected when using the SmartGate channel, as the kiosk questions automatically identify passengers who may be at risk and direct these people to the appropriate staff.
For all other travellers, the only information gained beyond that already collected on the standard incoming passenger cards is the traveller’s seat number, making travel history cards cumbersome for the bulk of high flyers.
“With the Ebola threat safely behind us, the Travel History Card has now just become another piece of red tape to fill in at the airport… (and) no longer serve(s) a meaningful purpose,” said Tourism & Transport Forum CEO Margy Osmond.
“The universal requirement for inbound passengers to complete this card has caused facilitation delays at the border and unnecessary inconvenience to passengers,” Osmond added, noting that the number of reported Ebola cases has now declined to less than five per week across the globe.
In the interim, passengers should continue to complete both the incoming passenger card and the travel history card until the specific ‘end date’ has been chosen and communicated to airlines and Australian Border Force workers.
Completing the regular incoming passenger card will still be a requirement for all travellers entering Australia, whether under an Australian passport or as a foreign citizen.
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