San Francisco International is the latest airport where travelers returning from abroad can now take advantage of a handy smartphone app to speed up Customs and Border Protection processing.
The free Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app, available from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, serves a function like those automated passport control kiosks that are now available in a number of gateway airports.
The app is currently only available to U.S. and Canadian passport holders.
If you currently use Global Entry ($100), that’s the best way for your to re-enter the US…. this new app is for folks who don’t have Global Entry.
Instead of filling out that paper form distributed by flight attendants, passengers with the app submit their passport data and customs declaration form before arrival, and they’ll get back a receipt with an encrypted QR code that a customs officer will scan. The CBP website provides responses to frequently asked questions about the app.
Customs and Border Protection first deployed the app last summer for passengers flying into Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson. Since then, the app has become available for travelers returning to the U.S. through Miami International, Chicago O’Hare and Seattle-Tacoma International.
CBP has committed to expand the program to the 20 airports with the highest volumes of international travelers by the end of 2016.
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