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Re-entry to Canada at Airports About to Get Quicker and Easier

Customs lineup at Vancouver International Airport before installation of new Automated Border Clearance kiosks (Photo: Dennis S. Hurd)

A pilot program rolled out Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in 2010 allowing faster screening times for Canadians (and Canadian permanent residents) returning to Canada has been deemed a success, despite early misgivings, and is now being rolled out to other Canadian airports, the Canada Border Services Agency announced Friday.

The Automated Border Clearance self-service kiosks are available to everyone and are free to use (unlike the NEXUS border-crossing service). Kiosks can be operated in six languages. Travellers will still need to have their passport and permanent resident card, which are scanned, as well as a declaration card that’s fed into the machine and receipts of items purchased abroad. And you’ll still have to run your kiosk receipt by a human being before you go on your merry way.

Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport will be the second airport to get the kiosks, in June 2012.



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