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March 20, 2017
Customs launches new self service kiosks for air travellers
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced the launch of its new Primary Inspection Kiosks which will be deployed at Canadian airports.
The Primary Inspection Kiosks are next generation technology that will expand current self-service options for international air travellers arriving in Canada.
The new kiosks will allow travellers to verify their travel documents, complete an on-screen declaration, and confirm their identity using facial authentication (involving only a one-to-one photo comparison at the kiosk with the traveller's passport). Those looking to save more time can complete their declaration in advance using the CanBorder - eDeclaration mobile app, which will give them a quick response (QR) code to scan at a kiosk upon arrival.
The on-screen declaration and mobile app will allow the CBSA to phase out the standard distribution of declaration cards on board aircraft.
The new kiosks will launch first at Ottawa airport, with select airports to follow later this year.
Link: Customs Notice 17-08 Introduction of Digital Declarations through Primary Inspections Kiosk
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