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This iOS app will reduce customs time at U.S. airports for U.S. & Canadian citizens

August 12, 2014


Expected to reduce the wait time in the customs line at the point of entry in United States, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) have launched a new app called Mobile Passport Control (MPC), for iOS devices where an eligible U.S. or Canadian citizen can submit their passport information and customs declaration form using the app prior to CBP inspection. The app was developed in partnership with CBP as part of a pilot program at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Remember the key word here is “eligible”, which means that not all travelers will be able to fill out the app form. And this also means that during the pilot program, this will be accepted only at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) beginning August 13.

MPC is expected to expand to more airports later this year and to Android smartphone users in the future.

Much like Automated Passport Control, the app does not require pre-approval, is free-to-use and does not collect any new information on US citizens and Canadian visitors. As a result, travelers are likely experience shorter wait times, less congestion and faster processing.

There are five steps to MPC:

  • Download the Mobile Passport Control App from the Apple App Store prior to arriving
  • Create a profile with your passport information
  • Complete the “New Trip” section upon arrival in the United States
  • Submit your customs declaration form through the app to receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code. This receipt will expire four hours after being issued
  • Bring your passport and smartphone or tablet with your digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer

Read more at CBP website – New Mobile Passport Control App Available

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