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Singaporeans visiting Australia can use self-service passport gate

The self-service passport processing capability, called SmartGate, will be permanently eligible to Singapore nationals arriving at any of Australia's eight major airports. Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the move reflects both countries' close bilateral ties.

SINGAPORE: Australia on Monday (July 21) expanded its SmartGate self-service passport processing capabilities to eligible Singapore nationals visiting the country.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash said use of the SmartGate will be permanently extended to Singapore nationals arriving at any of its eight major airports. This option has been available for Singaporean travellers since February this year. 

This move shows the commitment of Australia's Customs and Border Protection to progressively offer the use of SmartGate to as many ePassport holders as possible, the minister added in a statement.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Monday that it "welcomed" the Australian government's decision to extend SmartGate to eligible Singapore passport holders.

"This move reflects the close bilateral ties shared by Singapore and Australia and will further enhance the already-close people-to-people links between the two countries,” a MFA spokesperson said. 

Besides Singaporeans and Australian nationals, New Zealand, United States and United Kingdom citizens are also able to access SmartGate. Swiss electronic passport holders are able to access the service under trial arrangements.

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