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Border Clearance Service - CANPASS Air
Institution: Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Implementation Date: mar 01, 2003
Summary: CANPASS Air facilitates efficient and secure entry in Canada for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. This program allows members to meet their border clearance obligations by simply looking into a camera that recognizes the iris of the eye as proof of identity. When entering Canada at participating airports, approved CANPASS Air members are allowed to use the self-service kiosk embedded with iris-scanning technology – deemed by many to be the most accurate way to verify a person’s identity. Travelers can avoid the regular customs and immigration line-ups, and pay duties and taxes more easily.

The CANPASS system is purely voluntary. Travelers will have to apply, undergo a background check and pay an annual CAN $50 fee for the pass. The membership is valid for one year. The CBSA will re-assess eligibility when renewing a membership.

As of February 2006, CANPASS Air is available at seven international airports across Canada, and will soon be available at Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, Ottawa.
Impact: The CANPASS Air achieves its dual mandate: to facilitate the movement of people and at the same time ensure the safety of Canadians. Since the system is tailored to the frequent international flyer, who travels a great deal but shouldn’t be the primary focus of customs agents, it enables these travelers to be processed safely and securely through Customs and Immigration in seconds. By fast-tracking these low-risk passengers, Canada Customs will be able to concentrate their efforts on higher- and unknown-risk passengers and goods.
Source: Canada Border Services Agency
Project Home URL: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel/canpass/canpassair-e.html
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