Every so often, I’ll read or hear about some service or product that’s been available for a while and totally skipped my radar. I’d be surprised if I’m the only frequent traveler this happens to! Just last week, I read about the not-so-new Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app that’s available for iOS and Android phones and tablets. Back in the summer 2014, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s entry process into the United States.
MPC allows eligible travelers to submit their passport information and customs declaration form via a smartphone or tablet prior to CBP inspection. This first-of-its-kind app was developed by Airside Mobile and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) in partnership with CBP. They piloted the program at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and it’s now available at 24 airports and one cruise port.
Current Mobile Passport locations, as of 11/19/2017. Image source: https://mobilepassport.us/
Buenos dias everyone!
I got an email from NEXUS this week about some changes coming to Canadian immigration procedures which will seem very familiar to US travelers. Starting this weekend, Canada is starting to phase out its paper declaration cards in favor of automated “Primary Inspection Kiosks”, similar to the Automated Passport Control (APC) or Global Entry (GE) kiosks used in most US airports.
Good morning everyone, happy Wednesday! I just received my renewed passport (with extra pages and passport card) yesterday and wanted to share a quick tip with you. Since Global Entry is tied to your fingerprints and your passport, you will need to update your Global Entry online account when you get a new or renewed passport, since the passport number and dates will change. All you need to do is log into your Global Entry account online (https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/main/goes). I will give you a few minutes to remember your username and reset your password (that happened to me too). If you have Sentri, NEXUS, or FAST, the process should be verify similar.
Big Hat Tip to my friends @TheFlightDeal on Twitter for the help. I am also contractually obligated to give a second hat tip to my overlord @dvlsadvcate (Julian – The Devil’s Advocate).