Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

>Josian E. Bruno Gómez

The San Juan Field Office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced this week the upcoming implementation of Mobile Passport Control (MPC) in Puerto Rico.

U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors will now have the option of MPC processing. The app expedites the entry to the United States from foreign by using a mobile application to submit users’ passport and travel information to the federal agency.

"The world we live in is changing fast. CBP recognizes this and continues to transform the traveler’s experience by offering innovative ways to expedite entry into the United States while maintaining the highest standards of security," Roberto Vaquero, Assistant Director of Field Operations for Border Security said in a press release.

Users will be able to utilize the application upon their arrival to selected locations including Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, San Juan Pan-American Dock and San Juan Seaport Pier 4. It will be available at the airport on August 27 and at the mentioned seaport locations on August 28.

Travelers from all venues frequently state that Mobile Passport could well be the best-kept secret in air travel. The application is user-friendly and is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Downloading and using the app is free, fast and easy; and it does not require any pre-approval. The whole process can be completed in just seconds.

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.

Once users download the application, they 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 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 application is currently accepted in 30 locations and it has over 7 million members.

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