Boston CBP Explains How New Travel Programs Can Help Speed Your Entry
BOSTON — With the flowers starting to bloom and schools finishing up for the year, many people throughout the Boston metro area and beyond are beginning to finalize their Summer travel plans. And if you are traveling internationally you may not know about the options available to expedite your entry or return into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has many new advances in technology to help travelers sail through the entry process at Boston’s Logan International Airport this Summer.
“Several programs are available for travelers when they arrive in the U.S. but many may not be familiar with the options or how they work,” said Boston Area Port Director Clint Lamm. “The fastest and most efficient way to ensure a smooth entry into the U.S. is to sign up for Global Entry. However we also have other options that are very helpful both with clearing CBP expeditiously and ensuring the safety and security of our nation that do not require enrollment prior to taking a trip.”
The Global Entry Program provides expedited clearance for pre-approved low-risk international travelers and members of these programs can expect expedited processing when entering the United States using automated kiosks at airports throughout the nation including Logan. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™, the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited security program. Travelers must apply for membership through the Global On-line Enrollment System (GOES) and complete an interview with a CBP officer to be enrolled. The program costs $100 and is valid for five years.
In addition to CBP’s Trusted Traveler programs, there are other new options to help speed your entry as well. U.S. and Canadian citizens as well as citizens of eligible Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries can use Automated Passport Control (APC) or Mobile Passport Control (MPC) to complete the CBP process.
Similar to Global Entry, Automated Passport Control allows U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens and VWP travelers to use an automated kiosk to respond to CBP inspection related questions and submit their flight and biographic information before reaching a CBP officer. Travelers then just bring their receipt and travel documents to an officer to complete the process and can do so as a family, speeding the time it takes to get through the process.
Mobile Passport Control is the newest option available and can be used by U.S. and Canadian citizens to start their CBP processing before they even reach a CBP facility. Travelers will need to download the MPC app and create a profile with their passport information but then can submit their flight information, answer CBP inspection-related questions and take a picture without ever having to stop at a kiosk or booth. Travelers will be issued an electronic receipt with a QR code that they bring to a CBP officer to complete the CBP inspection and are on their way.
To ensure the efficiency of any of these programs, all travelers must have the proper travel documents, declare all goods and to be aware of prohibited items. Visit the Know Before You Go section of the CBP website for additional information and tips on clearing CBP.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.