Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check are two programs that have made the travel experience so much more pleasant for frequent travelers over the past couple of years. Through Global Entry you can simply use a kiosk when arriving back in the US instead of talking to an immigration officer, and don’t have to fill out the landing card. It’s a huge time saver, and has probably saved me dozens of hours over the past 18 months I’ve had it.
Now on a trial basis US Global Entry members that are 16 years of age or older can use SmartGate in Australia, which allows passengers to self-process through immigration. You can find out more about SmartGate here. It’s currently available at the following Australian airports: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.
Can’t wait to try this out the next time I’m in Australia!