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Mobile Passport Control Added to MIA Airport Official

Release Date: 
August 3, 2017

U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors arriving at Miami International Airport now have two app options for MPC processing

MIAMI — U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Miami International Airport (MIA) announced today the addition of Mobile Passport Control (MPC) to MIA Airport Official, MIA’s mobile app.  U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors arriving at Miami International Airport now have two app options for MPC processing: MIA Airport Official and Mobile Passport.

MPC expedites the entry process for eligible travelers by using a mobile app to submit their passport information and answers to inspection-related questions to CBP.

"CBP continues to transform the international arrivals experience for travelers by offering new and innovative ways to expedite entry into the United States, while maintaining the highest standards of security," said Miami/Tampa Field Office Director of Field Operations Diane Sabatino. “CBP is committed to exploring dynamic technology partnerships and the integration of Mobile Passport Control gives travelers another option to expedite their processing and get them on their way quickly.”

MPC currently offers U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors a more efficient in-person inspection between the CBP officer and the traveler upon arrival in the United States. Much like Automated Passport Control (APC) the app does not require pre-approval and is free to use. Travelers who successfully use the app will no longer have to complete a paper form or use an APC kiosk.  As a result, travelers will experience shorter wait times, less congestion and faster processing.

Android and iPhone users can download both the MIA Airport Official and the Mobile Passport apps for free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Travelers will be prompted to create a profile via the app with their passport information. Upon landing in the United States, travelers will complete the “New Trip” section by selecting their arrival airport and airline, taking a self-photo, and answering a series of CBP inspection-related questions. Once the traveler submits their transaction through the app, the traveler will receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code. Travelers then bring their passport and mobile device with their digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer to finalize their inspection for entry into the United States. The CBP officer is then able to focus on identity verification, admissibility and questioning to determine purpose and intent of travel. 

MPC is just one part of CBP’s resource optimization strategy, which is transforming the way CBP does business in land, air and sea environments. As part of its commitment to innovation, APC kiosks are located at 50 airports around the world and the I-94 form is now automated. CBP has also enrolled nearly 6 million travelers in trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. These programs allow CBP officers to process travelers safely and efficiently while enhancing security and reducing operational costs.

CBP’s website offers rules and tips for clearing CBP inspection during travel to and from the United States. To learn more about CBP Operations in Florida, follow us on Twitter at @CBPFlorida.

Last modified: 
August 7, 2017
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