Back on this ePassport. I previously had not had a chance to check out the TSA website references in the email I got from Dept of Homeland Security reference my NEXUS/GOES usage; this specific email alerted me to the Smart Gate in Australia (where we will go in 2014). Australia Customs and Border Protection will allow eligible US trusted travelers to use their automated border processing system, Smart Gate, beginning Nov 01, 2012. This is in the email DHS sent me. The US and Australia govts are partnered to facilitate US citizens' entry into Australia by using Smart Gate if they have all 3 entry requirements, bypassing queues and manual Australia passporst control. The 3 requirements are:
- member of Custom and Border Protection's CBP Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI program;
- travel on a valid US ePassport;
- and are 16 years of age or older.
The webiste: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport 2498.htmlis the site in the email I got that directs one to the ePassport page on TSA's website.
The US has been using the ePassport chip in the back cover of US passports issued from August 2007. Since that's when I got my passport renewed, it shows a very small gold emblem on the front of my passport that is identified in the website above. If your passport has this tiny gold emblem on the front of your passport, then you have an ePassport and with your NEXUS/GOES authority, you can use the specific immigration lanes in reciprocating countries. The chip is in the back cover along with a lot of other info and your picture embedded there as well. One cannot see the info in the back cover, but they say info is the same as in the front of the passport is embedded in the back cover The website explains all this in the FAQs on ePassports.
The Australia Smart Gate is available in airports in Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
We sites: www.customs.gov.au/smartgate or www.globalentry.gov
Since I haven't traveled out of or back into the US, I haven't used my NEXUS card, so I can't answer specific questions. Best to visit websites at TSA.gov. I think it may be worth the $100 if we don't have to stand in long lines in foreign countries' passport control. The GOES and NEXUS programs are only for immigration into other countries if they are participating in the programs, and back into the US immigration patrol. From information I've read on some travel websites, the NEXUS and GOES cards can be used to exit Security when going to your boarding gate, if you are a member of a frequent flyer program of specific airlines, if the airport has such a lane for such frequent flyers, and the person has the trusted traveler card. We haven't had a chance to check this out yet, but will next year.
Another contributer to this thread, svcontinents, seems to have experience on this.