SYD arrivals Fast Track - J ticket?

Old Sep 19, 19, 12:24 am
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SYD arrivals Fast Track - J ticket?

I did a search on "Sydney Arrivals Fast Track" and got no hits (DPS yes, but not SYD) so going to ask here:

We'll be arriving SYD from HGK on CX (AY5091) 09:35 on a Friday morning and was wondering if there is a fast track arrival available for J pax?
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Old Sep 19, 19, 12:29 am
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There is an express path at SYD for arrivals and departures. Iím not certain if CX provides access although in my experience I have always been allowed access with a J boarding pass and no card. That said it is far more useful on departure than arrival
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Old Sep 19, 19, 12:58 am
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I haven't seen an active Express Path for arrivals in recent times.... (that may be because the flights I usually arrive on are NOT in the busy times) In fact the last 2 departures (in the last 4 weeks) there has been no OUTgoing Express path either... Having said that there was no appreciable wait either way...and the "new" arrival procedures seem to work well.... arrived on NH on the 8th and was in the terminal less than 20 minutes after getting off the aircraft, with checked bags.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 1:51 am
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The OUT express lane at SYD was revived 2 weeks ago.
I am not sure about the inward though
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Old Sep 19, 19, 2:06 am
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Originally Posted by oldchinahand View Post
The OUT express lane at SYD was revived 2 weeks ago.
I am not sure about the inward though
It was functional in August when I came in last, although there was no queue for the smart gates and I had quarantine stuff to declare so it made no sense to use either part of it on that occasion
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Old Sep 19, 19, 6:02 am
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Express path for Sydney arrivals is barely ever open. The airport/customs barely caters for premium passengers.

Donít expect it to be open.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 7:13 am
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I havenít seen it open for at least a couple of years, yet airlines still hand out shiny express arrival slips prior to arrival.

If you have a good customs record and arenít declaring anything, youíll be processed pretty quickly even at the busiest times.

The walk to the passport checks and the wait for your bags will take much longer than your passage through customs.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 7:26 am
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Thanks for the replies all...

As we never have been to SYD before, let alone Australia, is 09:35 + whatever taxi time etc, considered rush hour or is it considered quite enough?
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I flied CX101 J a week ago. CX prints express on the boarding pass. When flying back to HKG from Sydney, the express was printed on BP too. Anyway, the fast track card wouldnít be given onboard like it was used to before
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With AU its best to understand that:

"were all equal here - mate"
"no rich tall poppies jumping the queue - mate"
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Old Sep 20, 19, 2:32 am
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I took QF118 in Y and arrived SYD at 10:00 on Tuesday with carry-on only. There was no line at the immigration and customs and I was in the arrival hall within 10 minutes.
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Old Sep 20, 19, 5:32 pm
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express path should be reopened after recent closure

for arrival specifically, there are 2 areas.
passport control: use the auto kiyosk/gate, unlikely to be issue

quarantine (called biosecurity): this is the real bottle neck, after you pick up baggage and try to exit you have long line usually for this check. make sure you look around for express path exit.
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Originally Posted by oldchinahand View Post
With AU its best to understand that:

"were all equal here - mate"
"no rich tall poppies jumping the queue - mate"
While I agree that this is generally the attitude in Australia (and I appreciate it), this is an attitude for the local pub, not the airport. If there are fast-track queues and you have a right to use them, there's no reason not to. I've never received or seen anyone receive any negative attitudes for doing so. A great deal of the passengers won't be Aussies anyway...
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