UAE nationals can use SmartGate at Australian airports

Emiratis need to get pre-arrival electronic entry visa to use the service
UAE nationals can use SmartGate at Australian airports
Etihad Airways flight landing at Sydney International Airport.
By Staff writer
Sun 23 Jul 2017 11:09 AM

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced that Australia has extended the SmartGate service in its airports to arriving and departing Emiratis who hold ordinary passports.

UAE citizens can choose to clear their arrival and departure by using the SmartGate services, provided they get a pre-arrival electronic entry visa to Australia, according to state news agency WAM.

Ahmed Saeed Alham Al Dhaheri, the ministry’s under-secretary for consular affairs, said the use of arrival and departure SmartGate at the Australian airports, is granted to holders of ordinary UAE passports who are at least 16 years old.

He added that the facilities extended to Emiratis abroad show that the UAE passport is among the most highly respected and trusted travel documents in the world.

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