Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport’s has introduced 20 Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks.
Officials expect the new technology to go a long way in slashing wait times, improving the airport’s efficiency and ultimately providing a more enjoyable experience for millions of visitors passing through the U.S. pre-clearance facility at LPIA.
Provided by Vancouver Airport Authority, BorderXpress Automated Passport Control is a self-service kiosk technology, which enables U.S. and Canadian passport holders and other eligible passengers to complete a portion of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) inspection process electronically, expediting the border clearance process.
“APC will greatly improve our ability to process passengers through the airport. The demand for the destination continues to grow and with more than 3.2 million passengers traveling through LPIA on an annual basis, we want to ensure that their experience at our airport is a positive one,” explains Vernice Walkine, President & CEO at Nassau Airport Development Company.
Aside from U.S. and Canadian passport holders, passengers eligible to use the new APC kiosks include all U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents and Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approved passport holders – international passengers from 38 countries not requiring U.S. entry visas for stays of 90 days or less.
The new system does not require passengers to complete a paper U.S. customs declaration form, as all questions are answered on the computer’s touch screen.
Passengers simply follow the on-screen instructions to scan their passport, answer the customs declaration questions, have their photo taken and receive a confirmation receipt, which they then show to a CBP officer to finalize processing.
Vancouver Airport Authority’s BorderXpress kiosks are currently available at a total of 20 airport locations across North America and the Caribbean, including New York’s JFK, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Chicago O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta and Aruba.