Launch of new departure card promoting better airport security

Monday, 06 December 2010 00:00 MINISTRIES - Foreign Affairs
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3 December 2010 The Prime Minister & Minister for Foreign Affairs officially launches the new Departure Card scheme in the Kingdom and showcases the revised Arrival Cards, Fua'amotu International Airport

The Prime Minister & Minister for Foreign Affairs & Immigration, Dr the Hon Feleti V Sevele, will officially launch the new departure card for the Kingdom of Tonga at the Immigration Hall of the Departure Terminal, Fua'amotu Airport on Friday 3rd December, 2010.

All departing passengers from the Kingdom of Tonga, will now be required to complete a departure card as part of the airport security processes for departing the Kingdom.

The project which commenced in 2009, has been made possible with the generous assistance of the Australian Government, which granted to Government a grant of AUD$250,000 to assist in implementing the new departure card and revising the current arrival card.    The money from that grant has been used for upgrading the software on the Border Management System specially designed for the Kingdom's immigration authorities; design and printing of the cards and the updating and revision of relevant legislation related to its implementation.

The data captured from the departure card will assist Government in:-

The Prime Minister & Minister for Foreign Affairs & Immigration will also show case the newly revised arrival cards, which will be implemented shortly under the same project.  The arrival cards have been revised to capture data that will  again assist the Government in identifying more accurately the figures of tourists entering the country, their preferred accommodation and local destinations in the Kingdom.  It will also encapsulate the newly updated and more secure legislative procedures of the Immigration, Customs and Quarantine Acts.

The project was undertaken by a Committee composed of relevant Government departments:- The Prime Minister's Office, Customs and Inland Revenue, Quarantine, The National Reserve Bank of Tonga, the Statistics Department, the Tourism Ministry, and other relevant Stakeholders.  The project coordination, administration and implementation was undertaken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration.

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Issued by: Prime Minister's Office, Nuku'alofa, 2010

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 May 2011 11:54 )