US CBP expands mobile passport control


US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that its Mobile Passport Control is now available in five airports across the country, with San Francisco International Airport (SFO) the latest to come on board.

MPC is the first authorised app to expedite a traveller’s arrival into the US. Eligible travellers submit their passport information and customs declaration form to CBP via a smartphone and tablet app prior to arrival. Android and iPhone users can download the Mobile Passport app for free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.  

“CBP is pleased to offer Mobile Passport Control as an option to expedite travellers’ entry into the US at five of the country’s busiest international airports,” says Assistant Commissioner for Office of Field Operations Todd C Owen. “CBP remains committed to making the international arrivals experience as traveller-friendly as possible through innovation and collaboration with stakeholders while maintaining the highest security standards.”

“As international traffic grows at SFO, we continue to seek innovative ways to expedite the arrival process for our international travelers,” says Airport director John L Martin. “With the expansion of Mobile Passport Control to SFO, our customers now have an efficient new option that allows them to bypass a traditional queue.”

MPC currently offers US citizens and Canadian visitors a more secure and efficient in-person inspection between the CBP officer and the traveller upon arrival in the US. Much like Automated Passport Control (APC), the app does not require pre-approval, is free to use and does not collect any new information from travelers. Travellers opting to use the app will no longer have to complete a paper customs declaration form. As a result, travellers will experience shorter wait times, less congestion and faster processing.

“We're very pleased to have San Francisco International Airport on board as the fifth airport to launch Mobile Passport,” says Airports Council International-North America president and CEO Kevin M Burke. “Mobile Passport has had a fantastic response at Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, and Chicago, which has significantly cut the time in the customs line for thousands of eligible travellers entering the US. We look forward to additional airports coming online throughout 2015.”

Using MPC involves five steps:

•   Download the Mobile Passport Control App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store prior to arriving

•   Create a profile with your passport information

•   Complete the ‘New Trip’ section upon arrival in the US

•   Submit your customs declaration form through the app to receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code. 

•   Bring your passport and smartphone or tablet with your digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer.

CBP has committed to expand the program to the 20 airports with the highest volumes of international travelers by the end of 2016.

The app was developed by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and their technical partner in partnership with CBP.


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