NEWS Retirement of the outgoing passenger card (OPC)

From 1 July 2017, passengers departing Australia will no longer need to complete an OPC.

​From 1 July 2017, passengers leaving Australia will no longer need to complete an outgoing passenger card (OPC).

Retirement of the paper-based passenger card is part of a move by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) towards a more efficient and streamlined process for passengers. The retirement of the paper card will modernise the traveller experience, reduce regulation and strengthen border security.

The retirement of the OPC will also result in reduced costs for Industry stakeholders associated with paper passenger cards (stocking, distribution, airport infrastructure).

Travel agents or operators should not include the green OPC with travel documents for people who will be departing Australia on or after 1 July 2017, and airline staff should stop providing the green OPC to passengers from 1 July 2017. Any remaining OPC stock can be recycled.

Arriving passengers must still complete the orange incoming passenger card (IPC).

The IPC has been updated to include an additional question, and will need to be distributed to people travelling on or after 1 July 2017.

The information previously gathered via paper-based outgoing passenger cards will now be collated from existing government data and will continue to be provided to users. The Government acknowledges the importance of robust and accurate statistics to Australia's planning and development and that the change to collection methods will not diminish the value of these statistics.

The Department is currently reviewing use of the Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) and options for removal. This work is expected to take several years.

For more information on the retirement of the OPC, visit the Minister's website.

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