CANPASS

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The Canadian Passenger Accelerated Service System (CANPASS) is a suite of Canada Border Services Agency programs in place to streamline customs and immigration clearance for pre-screened, low-risk, frequent travelers.[1]

CANPASS Air allows program participants flying into Canada by commercial airline to pass quickly through Canadian customs and immigration at major Canadian airports. CANPASS Air takes advantage of iris recognition technology built into CANPASS machines at airports to identify users. Since the NEXUS air and land programs were merged in 2007, there is little reason for most people to join CANPASS Air since NEXUS provides a broader range of services, including expedited Canadian and U.S. immigration at Canadian airports, for a much cheaper price (the $50 CANPASS membership must be renewed annually,[2] while the $50 NEXUS membership is valid for five years.)[3] The most likely reason to use CANPASS rather than NEXUS is that a person is deemed ineligible for NEXUS by the U.S.

CANPASS Corporate Aircraft program allows companies operating an aircraft that frequently flies directly into Canada from the United States to access more airports and provides expedited clearance.

CANPASS Private Aircraft program allows operators of private aircraft frequently flying directly into Canada from the United States to access more airports and providing expedited clearance.

CANPASS Private Boats program allows people operating personal watercraft in international waters frequently crossing into the United States access to an increased number of docks upon returning to Canada along with expedited customs and immigration clearance.

CANPASS Remote Area Border Crossing program allows people to cross the border at remote areas in Ontario from Pigeon River to Lake of the Woods and the Canadian shore of Lake Superior.

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  1. ^ CANPASS: Streamlines customs clearance for frequent travellers www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/canpass
  2. ^ Canada Border Services Agency. "CANPASS Program". Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Canada Border Services Agency. "NEXUS Program". Retrieved 14 December 2012.