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Advance Passenger Information (API)

Advance Passenger Information or API, is a specific set of passenger data that includes:

  • Passenger name
  • Passport number
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Country of passport issue

Sometimes, additional information may be required, such as itinerary details and method of payment.

Why do airlines send Advance Passenger Information?

The U.S. and many E.U. countries request the submission of Advance Passenger Information as a mandatory requirement and the passenger data is used for security purposes to screen passengers before they travel. This is a trend that is spreading around the globe as countries strive to increase border security measures.

Border and government agencies check Advance Passenger Information in order to identify potentially high-risk travellers for further investigation and to expedite low-risk passengers which streamlines passenger processing and minimises expensive ground delays.

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API should be transmitted between 30 minutes and 12 hours before aircraft departure, dependent upon the requirements of the destination country, and is exchanged via the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). APIS is the internationally recognised form of passenger data exchange, delivering airline security data swiftly, reliably and securely.

Advance Passenger Information is not the same as a VISA application and travellers should still comply with a country’s entry requirements. Failure to supply API can result in the refusal of travel for the passenger and can land airlines with fines of up to $5,000 for non-compliance.

Why choose AviSec aviation security software?

Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec solution provides end-to-end message security and guaranteed accuracy for all aviation data transfer situations from airline passenger data and PNR transmission to aircraft communications via airline data link. Flight operations messaging and Type B communications exchange with third-party aviation businesses are reliably delivered typically within one second, offering a flexibility for airlines and operators that can ensure minimal ground delays and maximum operational productivity.

Find out more about aircraft communications and AviSec.

Thousands of operators rely upon Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec solution, exchanging millions of Type B communications every day. With a uniquely transparent pricing schedule, individually tailored to suit your requirements following a free messaging audit, our aviation security software solution can assist our customers with simplified communications budgeting and seamless compliance with regulatory requirements.

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See also:

Advance Passenger Information System
Advance Passenger Information Exchange

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