O’Hare International Airport is the first airport in the U.S. to offer the Automated Passport Control (APC) program. APC is designed to help travelers move quickly through the U.S. border clearance process by entering information at a self-service kiosk. APC is also available at Midway International Airport.
What is APC?
APC is a free service and does not require pre-registration or membership. Instead of filling out a declaration card, passengers who are eligible can proceed directly to a self-service kiosk in the passport control area. APC is easy to use and maintains the highest levels of protection when it comes to the handling of personal data or information.
Who Is Eligible to Use APC?
APC can be used by all U.S. and Canadian passport holders, as well as international travelers with Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval. There are currently 38 Visa Waiver countries that require an approved ESTA Travel Authorization to visit the United States via air or sea, including Australia, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.
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How Do I Use APC?
Travelers will be prompted to answer a series of questions at the touch screen self-service kiosk. Once passengers have completed the series of questions, a receipt will be issued. Travelers then bring their passport, travel information and receipt to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer for verification.
What languages are available on the APC Kiosk?
English, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Dutch, German and Chinese (Traditional/Simplified) and Japanese.
Mobile Passport Control
Ready to breeze through Customs?
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has introduced a mobile application for U.S. and Canadian citizens called Mobile Passport Control (MPC). It is the first authorized app to expedite a traveler's arrival into the U.S. Eligible travelers submit their passport information and customs declaration form to CBP via a smartphone or tablet app prior to arrival. Android and iPhone users can download the MPC app for free from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
Much like Automated Passport Control (APC), MPC does not require pre-approval, is free to use and does not collect any new information from travelers. Travelers opting to use the app will no longer have to complete a paper customs declaration form and will have access to a designated MPC lane to clear customs instead of entering the traditional CBP processing lanes. As a result, travelers will experience shorter wait times, less congestion and faster processing.