Advance Passenger Information System

The Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), also often called "Advanced Passenger Information System" [ [http://www.google.com/search?q=%22advanced+passenger+information+system%22 "advanced passenger information system" - Google Search] ] , is a system established for commercial airline and vessel operators. APIS enhances border security by providing officers with pre-arrival and departure manifest data on all passengers and crew members.

APIS as an Electronic Data Interchange system, involving a limited number of data elements (identification details from the passport and basic flight information) between the computer system of the airline and the computer system of the destination state. [ [http://www.icao.int/icao/en/atb/fal/api.htm ICAO Facilitation Section: Advance Passenger Information (API)] ] Required information should conform to specifications for UN/EDIFACT Passenger List Message (PAXLST) formats. [ [http://www.icao.int/icao/en/atb/fal/fal12/documentation/fal12wp015_en.pdf FAL-12-WP-15 FACILITATION (FAL) DIVISION — TWELFTH SESSION Cairo, Egypt, 22 March to 2 April 2004 Agenda Item 2] ]

According to Air Canada, travelers must supply Advance Passenger Information when they check-in or will be unable to fly. [ [http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/APIS/apis.html aircanada.com - Travel Info - Advance Passenger Information] ] The following is a list of required information:

* Full name (last name, first name, middle name if applicable)
* Gender
* Date of Birth
* Nationality
* Country of residence
* Travel document type (normally passport)
* Travel document number (expiry date and country of issue for passport)
* Address of the first night spent in the U.S. (Not required for U.S. nationals, Legal Permanent Residents, or Alien Residents of the U.S. entering the U.S.)

References

ee also

*Passenger Name Record
*Automated Targeting System
*Immigration Advisory Program

External links

* [http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/inspections_carriers_facilities/apis/ U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Travel / For Travel Industry Personnel / APIS: Advance Passenger Information System]
* [http://www.britishairways.com/travel/ba6.jsp/imminfo/public/en_gb British Airways, Advance Passenger Information] .


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