CANPASS/NEXUS: Clearing customs in the blink of an eye!
CANPASS Air and NEXUS are two self-service programs designed to facilitate and expedite airport customs formalities for frequent travellers.
CANPASS Air is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initiative, while NEXUS is a partnership program of the CBSA and United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP).
- CANPASS Air simplifies your crossing of the Canadian border when you return home from a trip abroad.
- NEXUS can be used both to facilitate your entry into the U.S. and your return to Canada (from the U.S. or any other country).
Both programs are for pre-approved, low-risk travellers. To become a NEXUS member, you must satisfy the risk-assessment, admissibility and eligibility criteria of both the CBSA and USCBP.
When you are a member of either the CANPASS Air or NEXUS programs, you can avoid customs lineups by using your CANPASS Air or NEXUS card at the automated self-serve kiosks. The kiosk, equipped with iris-recognition technology, will recognize your iris’s biometric data that is stored in a secure database. You will then need to answer a few questions on a touch screen. The entire procedure takes less than a minute.
For more information about the CANPASS Air program and to enrol quickly, visit www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/canpass/menu-eng.html or call 1 800 959-2036.
Apply for NEXUS by visiting www.nexus.gc.ca or calling 1 866-NEXUS-26.
The enrolment centre (by appointment only) at Montréal–Trudeau airport is located in Suite T1470 on the arrivals level.