Another day, another plan at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to stop the ongoing mind-blowing chaos.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is testing a new mechanism at the busy airport that they hope will make travel easier.
EGates are now installed on terminal one “to provide a smoother and faster border experience.”
enter canada @TorontoPearson Terminal 1 just got easier!#CBSA test NEW eGates to provide a smoother and faster border experience! Travelers 16+ can use eGates to confirm their identity and submit their customs/immigration declaration.
— Canada Border Services Agency (@CanBorder) July 29, 2022
What exactly is an eGate? Big question.
It seems like travelers can submit their ID documents and customs or immigration statements without having to talk to an agent, and hopefully without all the squiggly lines.
CP24 reports that travelers will also need to scan their passport or other documents and the gate will then print a confirmation slip, which has yet to be handed over to the border officer.
However, there is a catch: only travelers aged 16+ can use the eGate. People traveling in groups will also need to continue using the “existing primary inspection kiosks on arrival,” according to the Border Services GTA Twitter account.
It is important to note that this is not a replacement for ArriveCAN, which is still required for the submission of travel and health information.
A link accompanying the CBSA’s announcement directs users to a federal government webpage on how to submit customs and immigration information before flying into the country.
It recommends that eligible travelers use the Advance CBSA Declaration feature in the ArriveCAN app, which allows you to declare up to 72 hours in advance.
Currently, this option is only available to international travelers entering Canada at Pearson via terminal one or three.
Will these gates actually help alleviate Pearson’s hellish conditions? One thing’s for sure, they won’t help stop flight cancellations or delays… or find anyone’s lost luggage.