U.S. Government seeks to phase out paper customs formBy Ivan Arturo Ebergenyi Thorpe
Seeks to streamline entry for tourists.
Should it succeed, a plan recently implemented by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would completely eliminate the need for travelers to the U.S. to fill out tedious paper customs forms.
This new measure aims to streamline the process of entering the United States and is part of a larger strategy to double international tourism to the United States over the next five years, according to a report by the Customs Today website.
Filling out the 6059B customs forms is a mandatory requisite for entry into the United States. Aside from personal information, the form requires that all travelers declare if animals or seeds are being carried into the country, or if the passenger has been to a farm or ranch prior to the trip. Among other questions.
The form is commonly handed to passengers to be filled out, shortly before arriving, and makes for an additional nuisance to the already exhausting experience of travel (especially if you haven’t got a pen handy). The new proposal would ease this transition by allowing the traveler to fill out a digital form through a smartphone app and send it to Customs prior to the inspection.
The U.S. government is currently only focusing this measure on the 17 largest international airports in the country, but the intention is to completely phase out the use of paper forms.
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