The Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport (YQB) in Canada is now offering the Advance Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Declaration feature in ArriveCAN for international passengers.

The Advance CBSA Declaration feature allows international passengers to submit their customs and immigration declaration to the CBSA 72 hours before they arrive in Canada.

Passengers can also change the declaration at the airport kiosk on arrival.

Declaration submitted by the international passengers is only finalised once it is certified at the airport kiosk. 

Personal data submitted by passengers through ArriveCAN is protected under the Privacy Act, with the Advance CBSA Declaration also having an additional privacy notice that is presented to users when they access the feature.

With this new feature, passengers will now be able to spend less time at the primary inspection kiosks (PIK) on arriving at the airport, thereby leading to shorter wait periods at the border.

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Currently, the Advance CBSA Declaration feature is available at Toronto Pearson (YYZ), Montreal-Trudeau (YUL), Winnipeg Richardson (YWG), Vancouver (YVR) and Halifax-Robert Stanfield (YHZ) airports.

In a statement, CBSA said: “In the coming months, the feature will become available to travellers arriving at Calgary, Edmonton, Billy Bishop Toronto City, and Ottawa international airports. The Advance CBSA Declaration feature is part of the Agency’s Traveller Modernization initiative, which is being rolled out over the coming years.

“Modernising the travel experience includes using digital technologies and tools for both travellers and border services officers.

“These tools offer more touchless options and allow for faster border processing, reducing possible disease transmission points and ensuring the long-term safety, security and integrity of Canada’s borders.”