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New self-service border kiosks launching at Ottawa airport

Self-service border kiosks
Air travel   The Canada Border Services Agency

Ralph Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Mark Laroche, Ottawa International Airport Authority President and CEO, announced that Primary Inspection Kiosks will be operating at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport starting Monday, March 20, 2017.


Minister Goodale also announced that “CanBorder – eDeclaration,” the Government of Canada’s mobile declaration application, will be ready for use with the new kiosks at Ottawa airport on Monday.

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 launch first at Ottawa airport, with select airports to follow later this year.

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.

Primary Inspection Kiosks will be rolled out at Canada’s major airports this year, strengthening border security and simplifying the border experience.

By moving towards digital declarations, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is capitalizing upon the experience and successes of other countries that have adopted automated border technology.

 

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