We no longer have to fill in departure cards at airports, saving 100,000 hours

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Airport departure cards are now a thing of the past!

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said:

"This will improve the experience of all travellers departing New Zealand, enabling a faster and smoother process ahead of the busy holiday period".

"It will also save more than 100,000 hours of time currently spent by travellers completing more than 6.5 million departure cards per year."

We are stoked because we just do not need the ADMIN of filling in these things at airports. 

AND we don't have to awkwardly ask to borrow pens any more when we forget our own!

Australia removed its departure card in 2017, and the announcement meant travellers would be able to travel across the Tasman without filling out a departure card in either port, Lees-Galloway said.

Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri said the cards were no longer needed for their original purpose – to account for all passengers crossing the New Zealand border.

"We have smarter systems now that capture passenger identity information and travel movement records electronically," she said.

In 2017, 6.5 million cards were completed. That represented about 100,000 hours of traveller time, or about 12 years, a fact sheet provided by Lees-Galloway and Whaitiri said.