Digital Passenger Declaration

Beano

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Personally I would welcome the digital card but hopefully they don't make all entries mandatory. I don't usually enter phone and email details in the handwritten card. If pressed I give an International landline or an non-accessible international mobile number. If it is about tracing someone then good luck as they can chase me from the first, and only, address I give where I'm unlikely to be for more than 12 hours. The airlines already have my contact details so should be no problem to go that way to contact me where I have my email address and all my phone numbers.
 

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Frankly, I'm surprised you give those greedy telcos any money for your home internet if that's how you feel about them.
I pay $60/mth for UNLIMITED high speed NBN. Try getting anywhere near that for a mobile connection.
 

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I pay $60/mth for UNLIMITED high speed NBN. Try getting anywhere near that for a mobile connection.

You're comparing apples and oranges. Not really sure what point you're trying to make here.
 
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We should just adopt the American system with the touch screens before immigration. Will give us something to do while the luggage makes it's way to the belt.
 

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We should just adopt the American system with the touch screens before immigration. Will give us something to do while the luggage makes it's way to the belt.

I think in the current climate, people will want to avoid touching anything.

A flat phone battery will be the deal breaker for many here!

Welcome to AFF Julib.

I think almost every airline has in seat power these days, so no excuse not to arrive with a charged phone ready to go. But I am sure there will be some form of back up for those that have a flat phone, or don't use a smart phone at all.
 

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Got to make sure you have the cable as well and not locked in the checked bags.
 
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I suspect that there will still be a paper option for those who don’t have a smartphone/battery run flat/technologically challenged etc, but be prepared for a looooong wait in a queue for a real person to process you. It’s what’s called positive reinforcement to reward those who get on board with the new technology.
And I suspect there were many who resisted Smartgate when it was first introduced too, but most people use it fine these days.
Smart gate, maybe it should be called not so smartgate. I have not been able to access this ’new technology’ always had to use the manned gates. The Smartgate is unable to read/recognise my passport photo. Hope my next passport will fix the problem.
 

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It would make for an interesting Border Security programme with no paper copy to point to when you failed to declare food. PS "Food" is not an option on the card.
 
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It would make for an interesting Border Security programme with no paper copy to point to when you failed to declare food. PS "Food" is not an option on the card.
Food used to be an option on the card, but the generic term has now been replaced on the card by the actual foods of bio security risk, ie meat, fish, dairy etc. The Moro bar in your bag is not a bio security threat, but that slab of French cheese is.
You will still have to show the “signed” declaration on your smart device, and it will still be an offence to make a false statement. This is the same procedure that QLD Police used at QLD airports for the border declaration pass, which most people applied for electronically.
 

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A colleague was entering Australia and had ticked 'parts of animals" and 'parts of plants'. When asked to show them he said my shoes and belt 'leather' and shirt 'cotton', both parts of plants or animals. I don't think customs was amused. On another matter I used to tick contact with animals. I live on a lifestyle block with chickens and sheep. When travelling I look like any other professional businessman. I was sent to the counters and was asked if there were any farm implements in my carry-on bag. I said 'no' and that I think I left my John Deere at home (living dangerously). I think he was amused and commented "huh, gentleman farmer" and let me through. Never again!
 

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