Mobile Passport Helps You Skip the Line When Traveling Abroad
So you’ve been invited to and accepted an invite to take a vacation to Costa Rica Rios in a few months for a wedding. Exciting, right?
INTERPOL (international police) started a program called SLTD (stolen and lost travel documents) after the September 11th attacks to better secure borders of member countries. Started in 2002, only 10 countries participated and total reports of SLTD’s numbered 3,900. This number exploded between 2003 and 2004 (jumping to over 5 million reports). As of 2013, 39.5 million entries were recorded from 166 different countries.
This means 39.5 million people were unable to travel abroad or return to their home country on time due to the loss or misplacement of paperwork.
In order to reduce the number of STLD’s in the future, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection unveiled a new app designed to expedite a traveler’s entry process into a foreign country. The Mobile Passport Control (MPC) will allow eligible travelers to submit their passport information and customs declaration form via a smartphone or tablet prior to Customs and Border Protection inspections.
Not only does this reduce the amount of paperwork needed to travel abroad for any one person, but the app keeps your information secure and does not sell your information to third parties. This is the time to have a great, unique experience internationally and not worry about losing a piece of your printed identity.