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Automated Passport Control debuts at Vancouver International Airport
Automated Passport Control
CBP and Vancouver Airport Authority announced on May 8 a new program, Automated Passport Control, an expedited customs entry process that will allow eligible passengers traveling from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to the U.S. to clear customs more efficiently, while still ensuring the same high standard of safety and security.
This partnership is the first-of-its-kind and aims to help travelers move more quickly through the CBP pre-clearance inspection process by allowing entry of passport information at a self-service kiosk.
“Increasing efficiency and streamlining processes are critical components of CBP’s modernization efforts at ports of entry,” said Thomas Winkowski, Acting CBP Commissioner. “Travelers will still speak with a CBP officer after using the Automated Passport Control kiosks, however, this will allow for faster processing and increased focus on the traveler.”
CBP and Vancouver Airport Authority worked together to implement Automated Passport Control. The Airport Authority developed the concept and built out the technology; CBP partnered with the Vancouver airport to allow this technology to be implemented and ensure that CBP security and privacy requirements were incorporated.
Automated Passport Control does not require pre-registration, is easy to use and maintains the highest levels of protection when it comes to the handling of personal data or information. As a result, travelers will experience shorter wait times, less congestion, and faster processing at Vancouver airport.
“Vancouver Airport Authority is proud to have pioneered the technology and hardware and partnered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the implementation of Automated Passport Control at YVR,” said Larry Berg, President and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority. “The Airport Authority set the benchmark for this type of program when we worked with Canada Border Services Agency to create Automated Border Clearance for travelers returning to Canada.
Automated Passport Control has the ability to set the global standard for improving passenger efficiency when travelling to the United States – and is an example of yet another YVR first.”
Instead of filling out a declaration card and taking their travel documents to a CBP officer, passengers who are eligible and choose to use Automated Passport Control can proceed directly to a self-service kiosk in the U.S. CBP pre-clearance area. Travelers will follow the on-screen instructions to scan their U.S. passport, answer the customs declaration questions using the touch screen, receive a receipt confirming their information and proceed to the CBP officer to finalize processing. The kiosk allows up to four people residing at the same address to be processed together.
Industry representatives who are interested in more information on Automated Passport Control, can contact their local airport authority or CBP port director for airport technical design standards and business requirements.