CBP Launches "Border Wait Times" App

On December 16, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched its Border Wait Times app which can be downloaded for free from Apple's App Store and Google Play. The app does not require any registration. The app provides the estimated wait times and open lane status to all the Canadian and Mexican ports of entry. The app also shows the three closest ports of entry to the user's location and map routes to the three closest ports. The information available on the app is also available at http://bwt.cbp.gov/.

CBP's first app, the Mobile Passport Control (MPC), debuted in August 2014 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and is expected to expand to more airports in the coming months. The MPC is only available for free download at Apple's App Store and is expected to be available at Google Play in the near future. The app requires users to create a profile with their passport information (name, gender, date of birth, and country of citizenship). Upon landing in the U.S., users will use their smartphones/tablets to complete the “New Trip” section, take a self-photo (selfie) and answer the customs declaration questions. Users will receive an electronic bar-coded receipt and the receipt is only valid for four hours. App users will pass through customs using a designated fast lane and must show their passports and digital receipts. Only U.S. citizens with a valid U.S. passport and Canadian citizens with a valid Canadian passport and B1/B2 visitor visa status may use the app. Further information regarding the MPC app is available at http://mobilepassport.us/.