MPC stands for “Mobile Passport Control.” It is a smartphone application designed for travellers entering the United States that allows them to expedite the customs and immigration process. Through the Mobile Passport app, users can complete their customs declaration electronically, generate a QR code, and present it with their physical passport to customs and border protection officers upon arrival at select U.S. airports and cruise ports. MPC is a convenient alternative to traditional paper customs declaration forms and can help travellers save time when re-entering the United States.
Mobile Passport Control (MPC):
- Ease of Use: MPC is incredibly user-friendly. Once you’ve downloaded the app and set up your profile, using it is as simple as answering a few questions and presenting your generated QR code to customs and border protection officers upon arrival.
- Cost: MPC is often free to download, and there’s usually no additional fee to use it. Some airports or cruise ports may offer a paid premium version with added features, but the basic service is typically free.
- Eligibility: MPC is primarily designed for U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and Canadian citizens who are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). However, some U.S. lawful permanent residents may not be eligible, so it’s essential to check eligibility before using the app.
- Locations: MPC is available at select U.S. airports and cruise ports, primarily at major international gateways. While its availability is growing, it’s still not as widespread as Global Entry.