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Departure cards (air & ship)

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Departure cards (air & ship)

Postby Roderick Smith » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:18 pm

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End of the departure card: Overseas travel’s most annoying item to be phased out.
news.com.au June 13, 2017.
OVERSEAS travel’s most annoying feature is already obsolete and will soon be phased out altogether.
The green departure card, or Outgoing Passenger Card (OPC) is scheduled to disappear, followed by the removal of the orange Incoming Passenger Card (IPC).
But as international travellers departing Australia are already discovering it is no longer necessary to fill out or deposit the green paper OPCs.
Officers no longer collect the cards at some departure points.
No action is taken when a traveller using the automated outbound SmartGate passport reader then fails to place the card in the boxes provided at Sydney airport.
When news.com.au filled out the green card at Sydney Airport on May 17, but failed to notice the deposit box and returned on June 10 with the card intact, nothing happened.
The cards are a source of irritation for travellers who are forced to scramble for a pen, their passport and flight numbers as well as declaring their occupation.
Then there is the question of which country they will spend the most time in, and the most perplexing of all, “Country where you will get off this flight or ship”.
Do you fill in the stopover country, for example Singapore or Dubai, or the destination country which is often actually at the end of a different flight number after you’ve changed planes?
All this is expected to cease soon.
It is no longer necessary to fill out the irritating ‘outgoing passenger card’ which is due to be removed from international travel.
Overseas travel’s most annoying feature is already obsolete and will soon be phased out altogether. Picture: Torsten Blackwood.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) told news.com.au that it would remove the cards, but did not name a date.
“Removing paper-based manual processes is integral to achieving a seamless and automated traveller experience,” the DIBP said in a statement to news.com.au on Tuesday.
“DIBP has been reviewing the use of paper-based passenger cards.
“Recognising the importance of the data collected on paper-based cards, DIBP has worked closely with the Australian Bureau of Statistics to identify and successfully test alternate data sources instead of relying on manual collection by paper-based cards.
“The Government is focused on low contact automated border clearance processes and technologies to manage the 50 million travellers expected annually by 2020.”
The Australian Government’s move to streamline border processing as travel to and from Australia increases is partly due to the fact it can access passenger information from other sources.
The Advance Passenger Information System or APIS provides passport and basic flight details plus passenger contact information.
Passengers at the departures gate at Sydney international airport soon won’t be handed a green departure card to fill out. Picture: John Grainger The Australian Government is streamlining the departure and arrivals process ahead of an expected annual 50 million travellers by 2020. Picture: Marc McCormack The outgoing passenger cards are expected to go first, followed by the incoming passenger cards which are still collected at the customs point at Australian international airports.
News.com.au asked how the Australian Government would receive declarations for prohibited and restricted items such as plant products, wood and cash amounts over $10,000.
The DIBP did not directly respond to this question, so it remains unclear whether travellers of the future would be required to inform customs officers verbally that they are carrying such items.
The automated SmartGate system at Sydney Airport now means that a departing passenger’s exit through immigration — not counting the security X-ray check of hand luggage — can take less than a minute.
Qantas aircraft at Sydney International Airport where passengers enter their passports into a machine and are not required to deposit the departure card. Picture: Joel Carrett.
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Re: Departure cards (air & ship)

Postby boronia » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:15 pm

Then there is the question of which country they will spend the most time in, and the most perplexing of all, “Country where you will get off this flight or ship”.
Do you fill in the stopover country, for example Singapore or Dubai, or the destination country which is often actually at the end of a different flight number after you’ve changed planes?

Maybe I am a smart traveller, but I don't find that perplexing.

If I was flying,say, Sydney-Sing-London on the one flight I would be getting off in London. If I was switching flights in Singapore, or having an extended stop over there, that would be my answer.

But I have come to learn that the average tourist is pretty dumb.

The only thing I thought was useful on the form statistically on the form was the "reason for travel" question.
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