Passengers departing from Jamaica this winter will have an easier, and shorter, time of it at Sangster Airport in Montego Bay.

Jamaica expects to have the Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) in place for immigration officers this fall.

The system means that passengers no longer will need to stop at immigration after they have checked in for their flights, according to Minister of National Security Peter Bunting.

"Under the new system, the immigration kiosks in the departure area will be removed, allowing for faster processing of departing passengers and allowing airlines to improve turnaround time," Bunting said.

APIS was established for commercial airlines by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency in 2008. When traveling to or from certain countries, passengers are required to provide advanced passenger information before they check in or they will not be allowed to fly.

The system also will be implemented at Norman Manley Airport in Kingston, but there is no timeline on that.

Follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @gnmtravelweekly.


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