Re-opening of International Border

Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) moves into testing phase

Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said all Australians are looking forward to welcoming international travellers across the border, and that the Government is taking proactive steps to ensure the safe reopening of the border at scale when supported by health advice.

In preparation of the step for reopening Australia to international travel at scale, the government has appointed Accenture to deliver the Digital Passenger Declaration (DPF)

​​The DPD will replace the physical incoming passenger card and the COVID-19 Australian Travel Declaration web form, capturing essential information including passengers’ vaccination status up to 72 hours prior to boarding. Passengers coming into Australia will be able to complete the DPD on their mobile device or computer.

​​The DPD will support the safe re-opening of Australia’s international borders, by providing digitally verified COVID-19 vaccination details.

  • ​​This will help Australia to welcome home increasing numbers of Australians, and welcome the tourists, travellers, international students, skilled workers, and overseas friends and family.

  • This digitisation program could include visas, import permits, personnel identity cards, licenses, registrations, and other documents, making previously cumbersome processes easier.

The DPD will also provide the capacity to collect, verify and share any Australian Government-approved and digitally verified travel, health and vaccine status information of international travellers with State and Territory public health authorities. 

The DPD will now move into a testing phase before being deployed, at scale, throughout major Australian airports.​​​

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