Automated Passport Control Kiosks Part of Airport Upgrades
As an industry, we are constantly looking for ways to enhance the visitor experience from the moment guests arrive in the Hawaiian Islands. We are excited the Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) Airports Division will be making upgrades at the Honolulu International Airport that includes the installation of a new Automated Passport Control (APC) program that is expected to ease the process for international travelers, and reduce the amount of time they spend in line.
“An average of 33 scheduled international flights come through Honolulu International Airport on an average day, with between 20 and 25 of these flights arriving during a four-hour period from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO. “These automated entry kiosks will really help to alleviate some of the congestion for our international visitors and allow them to get through customs quickly to have more time to catch a connecting inter-island flight or experience the Hawaiian Islands.”
The DOT anticipates that the APC program will reduce processing time by 30 percent, while continuing to maintain the highest level of safety and security. Thirty two APC kiosks are currently being installed and are anticipated to be completed by November 2015.
Passengers interested in using the APC kiosks must meet the following requirements:
- Entered the United States since 2008;
- Citizenship from one of the U.S. visa waiver countries; and
- Have ESTA travel authorization (U.S. and Canadian citizens are also eligible).
The APC program has been launched at airports across the U.S. including Boston Logan International Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and more. For more information about this program, click here.