Advance Passenger Information System
The Advance Passenger Information System or APIS (often incorrectly called Advanced Passenger Information System) is an electronic data interchange system established by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
APIS governs the provision of a limited number of data elements (identification details from the passport and basic flight information) from commercial airline and vessel operators to the computer system of the destination state. Required information should conform to specifications for UN/EDIFACT Passenger List Message (PAXLST) formats.
Beginning in May 2009, private aircraft pilots must also provide the necessary information to the CBP. The regulations were put into effect in December 2008 with a 180 day voluntary compliance period.
When travelling to or from certain countries, passengers are required to provide advance passenger information (API) before they check in or they will be unable to fly. These countries include
The required information consists of:
- Full name (last name, first name, middle name if applicable)
- Date of birth
- Country of residence
- Travel document type (normally passport)
- Travel document number (expiry date and country of issue for passport)
- [For US travellers] Address of the first night spent in the US (not required for US nationals, legal permanent residents, or alien residents of the US entering the US)
- Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) – US Customs and Border Protection
- US Customs and Border Protection
- ICAO Facilitation Section: Advance Passenger Information (API)
- FAL-12-WP-15 FACILITATION (FAL) DIVISION — TWELFTH SESSION Cairo, Egypt, 22 March to 2 April 2004 Agenda Item 2
- aircanada.com – Travel Info – Advance Passenger Information
- A.P.I.(Advanced Passenger Information|ANA
- Air France APIS information