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A Faster Way to Go through Customs? There’s an App for That!


One of the most asked questions when it comes to traveling is “How do I get through customs faster?” The answers to this were pretty basic: pack as neatly as possible, make sure not to pack prohibited items and be clear and polite when addressed by customs officers, but know it’s going to get a whole lot easier.

We have great news for you: things are going to change with Mobile Passport Control, an app that will make going through customs a breeze!

Mobile Passport Control is an app that will provide U.S. Citizens and Canadian visitors an automated process through Customs and Border Protection Primary Inspection Area that is both more efficient and secure, reducing the passport control inspection time and overall wait times.

Here’s how it works.  Download the app to your phone or tablet, when you are about to land in the US after an overseas flight, complete the “New Trip section. Select the airport you’re arriving at, the airline you’re flying with, take a selfie, and answer a series of custom declaration questions. You will then receive an electronic receipt with a QR Code which you’ll present to a Customs and Border Protection officer.

If you are a U.S. Citizen or a Canadian visitor, you are eligible to use Mobile Passport Control on your next international flight.

Want to know more? Visit the Mobile Passport page of the CBP’s website.

Have you tried the app? Tell us your experience!

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