Nassau, The Bahamas | December 7, 2020
Starting on December 9, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Preclearance operations at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau will introduce Simplified Arrival.
Simplified Arrival uses facial comparison technology to make inspection easier and faster for travelers, and more secure and efficient for CBP officers and everyone involved in the process. Simplified Arrival also has public health benefits; by reducing the need to capture fingerprints or handle documents, the new technology helps limit the spread of disease and infection:
- When arriving at or departing from LPIA in Nassau, as well as other select airports during international travel, passengers will pause for a photo at the CBP primary inspection area or their departure gate.
- CBP’s biometric facial comparison service will then automatically compare the new photo of the traveler to images that the traveler has already provided to the government, such as passport and visa photos.
- A CBP officer then interviews the traveler to validate results, establish the purpose and intent of travel, and determine admissibility to the United States.
- Eligible travelers who wish to opt out of the process may notify a CBP officers as they approach the primary inspection point. These travelers will present their valid travel documents for manual identity verification by a CBP officer in accordance with existing requirements for entry into the United States.
- More details on the equipment are available at https://biometrics.cbp.gov
Security and Privacy
CBP is committed to privacy and has taken steps to safeguard the privacy of all travelers. CBP has employed leading industry technical security safeguards and has limited the amount of personally identifiable information used in the facial biometric process.
Moreover, CBP uses facial comparison technology simply to automate the document checks that are already required at all U.S. ports of entry, and only at specific times and locations where travelers are already required to present proof of identity. New photos of U.S. citizens will be deleted within 12 hours, and photos of foreign nationals will be stored in a secure DHS system.
Facial comparison technology enhances CBP’s ability to facilitate lawful travel and secure the border and expand on the benefits of CBP preclearance through LPIA. This process provides travelers with a touchless process that further secures and streamlines international arrivals while providing CBP officers time to focus on travelers’ intent instead of administrative tasks.
Preclearance Requirements for Travelers Have Not Changed
Preclearance travelers must still fulfill the requirements listed at https://bs.usembassy.gov/preclearance at the discretion of the individual CBP officer reviewing their application for admission to the United States. We kindly remind all passengers that CBP officers evaluate every application for admission to the United States on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with existing laws and regulations. In other words, each person’s travel situation is unique, and is evaluated as such.
Get the Facts, Spread the Facts
We also encourage all travelers to get the facts only from trusted, verified sources, and spread the facts to their friends and family. Ignore unsubstantiated rumors of unexpected changes to the preclearance process on social media or unverified news reports.