Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection launched a mobile app to expedite the entry process into the United States. The app can only be used for entry at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for now as part of a pilot program, but shows the direction CBP is moving with regard to paperless travel nationally.
Following the app download, travelers will create a profile with passport information. Upon arrival to the United States, travelers will electronically submit their customs declaration via wifi or data connections and be given an electronic receipt with a QR code. Travelers will present their bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer for clearing Customs.
Coupled with automated passport control and automated I-94 entry records for non-immigrant visitors, as well as trusted traveler programs like Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI, CBP is clearly dedicated to automation and efficiency in travel. Continued roll-out of the mobile passport control app is expected at more U.S. airports later this year. The app is currently available through the Apple App Store, and is expected to be made available to Android users in the near future, as well.