The announcement, by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, is a move 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.
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.
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 Department is currently reviewing use of the Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) and options for removal. This work is expected to take several years.
As part of Health initiatives announced in the 2016 Budget, the Australian Government is reducing the allowable amount of duty free tobacco for travellers arriving in Australia.
From 1 July 2017, the duty free allowance for all travellers bringing tobacco products into Australia will be reduced from 50 grams to 25 grams of tobacco, as well as one open packet. The new allowance includes tobacco in any form (cigarette, loose leaf, etc). Travellers with more than this amount will be required to pay duty on all tobacco in their possession, unless they agree to dispose of the excess.