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CBP announces launch of passport control app

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the launch of the first authorized app to expedite a traveler's entry into the United States.

Eligible travelers will be able to use the app, called Mobile Passport Control, by submitting their passport information and customs declaration form via a smartphone or tablet before CBP inspection.

The app is free from the Apple App store for iPhone and iPad users.

“We are strongly committed to the facilitation of travel and tourism to the United States, all while maintaining the highest security standards in the world,” said Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “Mobile Passport Control is an important step and one that we think the traveling public will embrace.”

Travelers arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport can start to use the app on Aug. 13. CBP hopes to expand the app for use by more airports this year and for Android smartphone users.

“By offering this app to passengers, we hope to build upon the success we have already experienced with Automated Passport Control, which has resulted in decreases in wait times as much as 25-40 percent, even with continued growth in international arrivals,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske.

The app does not require pre-approval and does not collect any new information on travelers, according to CBP. The goal is shorter wait times for travelers and faster processing.

The following are the steps to navigate and properly use the MPC app:

- 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 code. This receipt will expire four hours after being issued. 

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

For more information, visit CBP.gov or the Airside Mobile website.

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