In collaboration with Vancouver Airport Authority, Port Metro Vancouver unveiled the installing of ten, first in the world, BorderXpress Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks at Canada Place Cruise Terminal.
The innovative kiosks aim to increase passenger processing rates through the U.S. Customs & Border Protection area prior to embarkation on voyages from Vancouver to Alaska.
Travellers who use the BorderXpress at Port Metro Vancouver can directly proceed to a self-service kiosk in the U.S. Customs & Border Protection processing area, follow the on-screen instructions to scan passport and answer some customs declaration questions, in order to receive a receipt to confirm their information and continue to a United States Customs officer to finalize the processing.
BorderXpress kiosks will help U.S. Customs officers to process up to 4 times more cruise passengers than through the traditional clearance. With such an increased efficiency, cruisers departing from Port Metro Vancouver will experience less congestion, faster customs processing times and shorter wait times.
Passengers who are eligible for BorderXpress include United States and Canadian passport holders, as well as U.S. Permanent Residents. The service is available at no cost to the user and without pre-registration.