E-passports give S'poreans faster entry to Australia

Singaporeans aged above 16 holding electronic passports can now enter Australia faster at the country's eight major airports that use facial recognition technology.

The technology, called SmartGate, allows travellers to use self-service counters instead of having to queue at counters manned by customs officers.

It will make passing through passport control much easier and faster for Singaporeans.

First in Asia

This makes Singaporeans the first in Asia to use the option in Australia.

More than 385,000 Singaporeans visited Australia last year, an increase of 12.1 per cent on the previous year.

SmartGate is available to Australian, New Zealand and UK citizens on a permanent basis and to US and Swiss electronic passport holders under trial arrangements.

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