Biometric passport control kiosks now available to Visa Waiver country travelers
Miami International Airport’s automated passport control (APC) kiosks, which have cut waiting times by 40% for US citizens since last November, are now available to travellers from the 38 countries participating in the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
The APC technology allows travellers from abroad to have their passports and fingerprints processed in less than two minutes via a self-service APC kiosk instead of waiting in line for a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer.
The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) purchased and installed 36 APC kiosks in MIA’s North Terminal last November at a total cost of $3.5 million. The airport plans to purchase and install an additional 36 kiosks by the end of the year.
“We project that 6,000 more passengers per day will receive expedited passport screening at MIA now that travelers from VWP countries are able to use our self-service kiosks,” said MDAD Director Emilio T. Gonzalez. “We look forward to soon doubling our number of kiosks, gaining approval from CBP to process legal permanent residents, and further improving the arrival and connection experience at MIA.”
The user-friendly Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks adopt a “land, touch, go” concept that will allow eligible passengers to complete their Customs Declaration Form on the touch-screen machines, in addition to having their passports scanned, fingerprints captured and photograph taken by a camera.
Passengers meet eligibility requirements if they reside in one of the 37 visa waiver countries; have entered the United States at least once since 2008; and have prior Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval.