One of the most annoying aspects of flying out of Australia is filling out those green Outgoing Passenger Cards prior to departure.
Without fail, you can never find a pen or remember your passport and flight numbers, which just ends up frustrating you and taking up time you could be spending shopping for duty free or drinking champagne in the lounge.
Well, the good news is that those irritating green cards are getting the boot tomorrow. Yes, as of 1 July 2017, you’ll no longer have to fill out the cards prior to clearing immigration.
All the details the authorities need to know will now be collected from each airline’s Advance Passenger Information System (APIS).
Unfortunately, the orange incoming passenger card still needs to be filled out manually by passengers, however the government is apparently considering doing away with these as well so as to “achieve a seamless and automated traveller experience.”
It looks like the 21st century has finally arrived at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
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