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Automated Passport Control

What is Automated Passport Control (APC)? Find out how you can use APC to skip the queues at US Customs and Border control.

What is Automated Passport Control?

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Automated Passport Control (APC) is a US Customs and Border Protection process that speeds up the passport check and border control process for those travelling to and from the US. Passengers who are eligible to use Automated Passport Control will have access to self-service kiosks, which through an automated process, will perform the necessary checks for border control.


Who is eligible for Automated Passport Control?

All US and Canadian residents are eligible to use APC, as well as international travellers that have been accepted Visa Waiver Program. Automated Passport Control can only be used at certain airports with APC self-serve kiosks.


What's the process of using Automated Passport Control?

Automated Passport Control eliminates the process of filling out a physical Customs declaration form by allowing eligible passengers to use the APC self-service kiosks. The self-service kiosks will ask passengers to scan their passport and answer a few questions relating to their personal information and flight info to verify the person. 

Once all questions have been answered, the kiosk will print out a receipt which passengers must present to a Customs and Border Protection Officer. The officer will check the receipt, complete the inspection and determine whether the passenger is permitted to enter the US.

Do I have to sign-up to use Automated Passport Control?

No, there's sign-up and memberships are not required to use Automated Passport Control. As long as you're a US or Canadian citizen, or you're on the Visa Waiver Program, you'll be able to use APC.

If you are an eligible U.S. or Canadian traveller, you can download the Mobile Passport app from either the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, depending on what is compatible with your device.

Travellers will be prompted to use their passport information to create a profile, including name, date of birth, gender, and country of citizenship.

Upon arrival in the U.S. travellers will then need to complete the “New Trip” section, simply by selecting their arrival airport and airline, uploading a self-photo, and answering a series of CBP inspection-related questions. Effectively, the traveller is completing a number of administrative tasks, speeding up the passport control inspection with the CBP officer!

Once submitted, the traveller will then receive an electronic receipt and Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code.

Travellers will just need to bring their passport and mobile device, with their digital bar-coded receipt, to a CBP officer finalise their inspection for entry into the United States.

Which airports is Automated Passport Control Available at?

Automated Passport Control is available in more than 40 US airports. Here is a full list of the airports that currently have APC kiosks:

 

Atlanta
Hartsfield-Jackson
International Airport
Aruba
Queen Beatrix
International Airport
Abu Dhabi
International Airport
Austin-Bergstrom
International Airport
Boston
Logan
International Airport
Charlotte
Douglas
International Airport
Chicago
Midway 
International Airport
Chicago
O'Hare
International Airport
Dallas/Fort Worth 
International Airport
Denver
International Airport
Detroit
Metropolitan
Wayne County Airport
Dublin
International Airport
Edmonton
International Airport
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport
Halifax
Stanfield
International Airport
Honolulu 
International Airport
Houston
George Bush
Intercontinental Airport
Las Vegas
McCarran International Airport
Los Angeles
International Airport
Miami
International Airport
Mineta San Jose
International Airport
Minneapolis-Saint Paul
International Airport
Montréal-Pierre
Elliott Trudeau
International Airport
Nassau
Lynden Pindling
International Airport
New York 
JFK
International Airport
Newark Liberty
International Airport
Oakland
International Airport
Orlando
International Airport
Philadelphia
International Airport
Phoenix
Sky Harbor
International Airport
Pittsburgh
International Airport
Portland
International Airport
Raleigh-Durham
International Airport
Reno
International Airport
Salt Lake City
international Airport
San Diego
International Airport
San Francisco
International Airport
Seattle 
Sea-Tac-Airport
Tampa
International Airport
Toronto Pearson
International Airport
Vancouver
International Airport
Washington Dulles
International Airport
Wiliam P. Hobby
International Airport
 

 

Automated Passport Control
FAQs

Who can use Automated Passport Control?

Automated Passport Control is available to US citizens and permanent residents, Canadian citizens, as well as international passengers on the Visa Waiver Program and passengers with a B1/B2 or D visa.

Is Automated Passport Control free to use?

Yes, much like Mobile Passport Control, Automated Passport Control is completely free to use and doesn't require any membership or sign-up.

Is it safe to use Automated Passport Control?

Automated Passport Control is extremely safe to use. Automated Passport Control doesn't store or share any personal details to anyone outside US Customer and Border Control. All details that are transferred are done via secure encryption protocols

Can more than one person use the same APC kiosk at the same time?

If two people are residing from the exact same address and have flown on the same flight, they'll be able to use the same kiosk and their details will be processed together.

What languages are available on the APC kiosk?

The Automated Passport Control kiosks are available to use in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese. 

Is Automated Passport Control quicker?

Yes, Automated Passport Control saves a great deal of time! By using Automated Passport Control, you won't have to fill out a Customs declaration form. Plus, all the details that the CBP Officer ordinarily enters is automatically processed or can be quickly entered at the APC self-service kiosks.