Business travellers arriving internationally into New Zealand will soon be able to take advantage of a ‘trusted traveller’ scheme, providing a fast-track service through passport control and a dedicated processing lane at quarantine for a quick exit.
Flagged as part of a two-year trial, interested high flyers would provide certain personal information to border agencies in advance of their trip for complimentary access – but once the trial concludes, the priority handling service would come at a cost.
Start dates, eligibility rules and future pricing are yet to be announced, although the system isn’t without its challenges, highlights NZ Customs Service Group Manager Border Operations Anne Marie Taggart.
Speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Summit 2016, Taggart shares that “the people you’d expect to be able to trust are sometimes not the people you can trust,” and that even within a ‘trusted traveller’ group, some concerns from quarantine agencies would still remain.
Being an island nation with unique quarantine challenges, travellers wouldn’t be able to waltz straight out of the airport, but regular international business travellers to New Zealand “shouldn’t need the level of interaction that they have now,” Taggart continues.
Also under consideration as part of the trial: how the existing ‘green lanes’ at New Zealand airports can be operated more effectively for other passengers genuinely with nothing to declare – in particular, travellers arriving from Australia where similar border controls are currently applied.
Australian citizens with an electronic passport already have access to New Zealand's SmartGates on arrival and departure.
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