Digital Departure Card at BNE

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Hi there,

not sure if this was mentioned elsewhere, but Brisbane Airport lets you create a digital departure card via their App. Once you have entered your details, you scan the QR code at the machines before security and immigration and it will print out a departure card for you. Used this for the first time last week and thought I'd share.


http://www.australianfrequentflyer....cussion/new-departure-card-feature-67425.html
Edit: Already posted here, my apologies

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Do they even care about departure cards any more? Last time I didn't bother dropping mine in the box (even though I had written it out) and no one came chasing after me.
 

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Apart from having a box to drop them into, nobody seems to care when departing Melbourne. I expect they'll be gone, in all forms, sooner than later.
 

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I forgot to drop it in the box till after a few drinks at the lounge when I realised the same. I rushed back to do so and now I realise its not even a big deal!!!
 

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Flew BNE to LAX x 2 before Xmas and came home with all departure cards, the pre-printed ones and the US ones. Nobody cares about them and why should they. They are being withdrawn soon anyway.
 

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Apart from having a box to drop them into, nobody seems to care when departing Melbourne. I expect they'll be gone, in all forms, sooner than later.
I think so as well.

Last two times out of Melbourne, I have filled out old versions (single 10k question of the back) of the departure card and ended up dropping in the box.
 

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I think they will need to keep asking the question about taking cash out of Australia so some kind of declaration will still be needed.
 

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I think they will need to keep asking the question about taking cash out of Australia so some kind of declaration will still be needed.

But what's the point if no one looks at them before you leave or even after? It's all electronic clearance now, at BNE at least.
 

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IMHO they should be checking. I think it's part of the anti-money laundering regime. Perhaps if they catch someone who has transferred money offshore then they will dig out the card and if they have ticked the "no" box then that is a criminal offence.
 
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IMHO they should be checking. I think it's part of the anti-money laundering regime. Perhaps if they catch someone who has transferred money offshore then they will dig out the card and if they have ticked the "no" box then that is a criminal offence.

It's debatable whether they look at them at all. And someone with a few hundred K in their suitcase is going to be honest and tick yes? ;)
 

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I asked a staff member this when departing last week.. her response was technically "no comment" but you know.. I think they want to get rid of them but legally can't right now.
I failed to drop one once (missed the box) and yeah.

Also I'm fairly sure the money declaration is just a convenience technically.. if you don't fill out the card but carry the money it's still a crime.
 

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I don't think taking the money out of Australia is a crime per se. I think the idea was that you ticked "yes" and then the border people report the cash movement to AUSTRAC who then tell the ATO and AFP. If you tick "no" and then get caught it's the false declaration which is the crime.
 

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It's debatable whether they look at them at all. And someone with a few hundred K in their suitcase is going to be honest and tick yes? ;)

Certainly no one who is trying to dodge the ATO or other authorities. Not quite as pointless as asking if you are carrying drugs or child coughography (as if anyone is going to tick yes to those boxes!) but still seems to be a way to rack up another charge to use against you in court (see below).

I don't think taking the money out of Australia is a crime per se. I think the idea was that you ticked "yes" and then the border people report the cash movement to AUSTRAC who then tell the ATO and AFP. If you tick "no" and then get caught it's the false declaration which is the crime.

I didn't think it was a crime either, although taking large quantities might raise suspicions (tax avoidance, organised crime, etc). Might consider bringing some paperwork if ever in the lovely position of being able to tick yes to the $10,000 question.

The false declaration offence is just legal intimidation to me. Similar to resisting arrest (don't just about all criminals resist arrest?). Rack up the charges to encourage a plea bargain (more of an American tactic, I understand). Why charge someone who was in a bar fight with one count of assault when you could multiply the charges by the number of punches thrown? [/cynicalofftopicrant]
 

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There's no limit to amount of cash you can take in or out of the country, you just have to declare above the threshold amount.
 
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