Macau’s Identification Department, along with the Public Security Forces Affairs Bureau and the Public Security Police Force have been in close cooperation with their relevant authority counterparts in Australia so a new immigration clearance process for residents of the Macau and Hong Kong can be expedited.
Holders of the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) electronic passport can now start using the automated immigration clearance system of Australia, and vice versa, however, Australia will still be asking the same visa requirements from Macau residents who will be travelling to Australia.
Residents of Macau who are aged 16 and above, and are holders of a valid MSAR electronic passport can use ”SmartGate,” the automated system of Australia.
Users who are eligible to use Smartgate would have to proceed to the designated Australian immigration kiosk upon their arrival for certain requirements which will be provided by the authorities. Travellers would be asked to have their photo taken, as well as register using a software that uses facial recognition.
MSAR electronic passport holders were able to access the SmartGate arrival system prior to this, however it was only on a trial basis, and was done at Australia’s major international airports: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.
Macau Residents holding a valid MSAR passport/electronic passport, who are taller than 120cm (1.2 metres) can also use the automated immigration clearance system of Australia when they are leaving a different country apart from Australia.
Residents from Macau who would like to keep using this option to exit would be asked to register their photo using a facial recognition software, and will also be asked to submit their completed Outgoing Passenger Card following the traveller’s passing through the gate.
The same privileges when exiting and entering Macau will be provided to the residents of Australia through the ‘e-Channel,’ the Automated Passenger Clearance System of Macau.
This privilege is going to be provided to travellers from Australia after registering at the Immigration Department Building at the PSP, the Border Gate, the Taipa Ferry Terminal, or the Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Terminal.