Singapore passports can now be used at the automated SmartGate scanners at Australia's eight major international airports.
Singaporeans with the appropriate smartchipped electronic passports will be able to use any of the inbound SmartGate lanes following the success of a trial program launched in February.
Over 385,000 Singaporeans visited Australia in 2013 – an increase of 12.1% compared to 2012 – and Singapore is the first Asian country approved for the SmartGate system.
New Zealand, US and UK citizens already enjoy SmartGate access on a permanent basis, while Swiss electronic passports are currently being accepted under trial arrangements.
Australia's Customs and Border Protection agency plans to trial additional nationalities this year, with priority being given to countries that have the most regular visitors to Australia.
It's expected that by 2018 more than 80% of all travellers into and out of Australia will hold a SmartGate-friendly ePassport.
SmartGates are available for inbound travellers at Darwin, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Gold Coast international airports.
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