Passengers travelling to Australia from overseas will have to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) before arriving in the country to help manage the threat of COVID-19.
The Department of Home Affairs announced the overhaul of the current system, saying the switch from paper cards to digital declarations is a critical step in preparing the country for increased flight caps and international travel.
Currently, passenger contact and declaration information is collected on paper cards, which are then scanned and processed manually.
The new Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) will be completed by all Australia-bound travellers using their mobile or computer.
“This capability will put us in a prime position to successfully reopen our borders in a COVID-safe way to help with the rebuilding of Australia’s economy,” Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said.
“On top of that, it will significantly streamline our national response to COVID-19 and our contact tracing capabilities by speeding up information collection and processing.”
The DPD will also allow certified COVID vaccination certificates to be digitally uploaded and connected if and when they become available.
The department will develop a simplified product to test the new system.
“This new capability will strip away the need to scan paper cards. It will facilitate data sharing between state and territory health departments and enable swift verification of information provided by passengers,” Mr Tudge said.