Orlando, Fla. —U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) today announced the launch of Automated Passport Control (APC) at Orlando International Airport. APC is an innovative, self-service kiosk that helps streamline the traveler inspection process and enables CBP to focus more on the inspection and less on administrative functions.
“Orlando is the first airport in the nation to pioneer a new generation of self-service APC kiosks designed to help automate the arrival process for international Visa Waiver Visitors,” said John P. Wagner, Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner in CBP’s Office of Field Operations. “Our partnership with Orlando International Airport is dramatically improving the facilitation—and, critically, the security—of international travel.”
The APC self-service kiosks allow passengers to submit their declaration and biographic information electronically. The program requires no registration process or fee and is available to U.S. and Canadian citizens, as well as visitors from Visa Waiver countries arriving only into Orlando International. Visa Waiver country visitors must have Electronic System for Travel Authorization approval prior to travel and have visited the United States on at least one occasion after 2008.
“CBP and Orlando International Airport have worked collaboratively to bring the Automated Passport Control kiosks to Orlando. Orlando International is the first airport with the capability for visitors from Visa Waiver countries to use the self-service kiosks. These kiosks will enhance the international arrival experience in Orlando which serves as the gateway for foreign visitors into Central Florida,” said Vernon Foret, CBP Miami Director of Field Operations. “CBP recognizes the importance of international travel and tourism to Florida and ultimately the nation’s economy.”
APC is a key component of CBP’s overall Resource Optimization Strategy to maximize existing resources, identify staffing needs, and explore alternative funding sources to support identified staffing needs. CBP continues to improve its operational processes through automation, innovation, and private-public partnerships such as the APC deployment at Orlando International Airport.
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.