Passport kiosks available to more travelers at MIA

Miami International Airport said this week that more international travelers can now use automated passport control kiosks.

Travelers from 38 countries that participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Waiver Program can use the self-service kiosks instead of waiting for an officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Those countries include Belgium, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The airport said the kiosks have cut wait times for U.S. citizens by 40 percent since last November. Aviation director Emilio González said in a statement he projects that 6,000 more passengers a day will have shorter wait times because of the expansion.

MIA has 36 kiosks, which the aviation department bought for $3.5 million last year. Plans call for 36 more to be purchased and installed by the end of the year.