EXCLUSIVE | Those bothersome and largely redundant Outgoing Passenger Cards are finally being binned for good, with international travellers no longer required to fill out the green forms from July 1, 2017.
This means there’ll be one less bit of paperwork standing between you and your flight – or even better, your airport lounge.
A spokesperson for the Federal Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection said “removing paper-based manual processes is integral to achieving a seamless and automated traveller experience”.
Core data such as passenger names, flight numbers and destination, passport details and contact information is already available through the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) operated by all airlines.
Travel agents, airport and airline staff are being advised of the July 1 cut-off date.
Completing the orange incoming passenger card on arrival into Australia will still be required, although it's understood that a revised version of the orange card will be issued from July 1 ahead of a likely phase-out in 2018.