Australian Government - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

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US Global Entry Program Trial

This trial has now concluded, and access to SmartGate for all eligible US ePassport holders has been extended permanently.

To be eligible to use SmartGate to self-process through Australia’s passport control, US citizens must be:

  • travelling on a valid US ePassport; and
  • aged 16 years or older

Eligible US citizens were the first non-Australians to use the self processing solution since SmartGate was made available to New Zealand ePassport holders in December 2007.

The national trial continued from 1 November 2012 until 5 May 2014 after which the use of SmartGate was extended permanently to eligible US citizens.  Please note that you are still required to obtain a visa for travel to Australia.  For more information about obtaining a visa to enter Australia, visit the Embassy of Australia website.