I first introduced the Mobile Passport app when I told you all about the 6 best free apps for travel. I gave a quick overview of how it works, but it is seriously so amazing that I wanted to give you more. I was leary about using the app for the first time. There were so many concerns I had: What if it didn’t work? What if security workers did not like people using the app? What about the security of my information?
Using the Mobile Passport app coming into Atlanta this past summer was such a breeze- I was astounded at how easy it made everything. Walking through my own special line, looking back at the long line of
suckers people who didn’t have the app, felt like the biggest travel win of all.
So, I’m inviting all you smart phone-weilding US citizens (and Canadians with proper visas) to join this club of travel winners. The Mobile Passport app is going to change your life.
Here’s how the app really works:
Step 1:Download The App
Not any different than downloading any other app. The Mobile Passport app is currently available for iOS and Android.
Step 2: Set Up Your Account
When you open the app, at the bottom, click the “Get Started” button. From here, fill out all the information and create a PIN for yourself. This PIN is what allows you to sign onto the app later on, so don’t forget it. This PIN also helps keep the information secure, so don’t make it an easy one to guess.
Step 3: Create a New Trip
Under the first section, click on the box that says “Select Travelers”. Here, click on each of the travelers that are entering back into the United States. Next, input your arrival airport and airline. From here, the app will ask you 4 yes-or-no questions:
1.) Do you have any commerical merchandise or are you transporting currency or monetary instruments equal to or greater than $10,000 US or foreign equivalent, in any form?
2.) Do you have any articles to delcare that were acquired abroad and are being brought into the United States in excess of the duty free exemption?
3.) Do you have any fruits, vegetables, plants, seeds, insects, meat,s or meat products, dairy products, animals, or animal/wildlife products, disease agents, cell cultures, snails, soil; or have you visited a farm/ranch/pasture outside of the US?
4.) Have you been close to (such as touching or handling) livestock outside of the US?
After you’ve answered these questions, the app will ask you to review your answers for accuracy. If everything is correct, go ahead and click “Yes.” Assuming everything is all good (and you’ve honestly answered no to each question) a page with your photo and a QR code will pop up. This “receipt” as they call it, will be valid for 4 hours after it pops up.
Step 4: Go through Customs & Immigration
Follow the signs for Mobile Passport users. They’ll probably be marked with the symbol that looks like the app icon. If you can’t find it, ask someone where you should go. Once you get to the front of the line, simply scan the code and be on your way.
The Mobile Passport app is only available for use by United States citizens with valid US passports, and Canadian passport holders with B1 or B2 visas. Currently, the Mobile Passport app is available for use at the following airports:
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Denver International Airport (DEN)
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Miami International Airport (MIA)
Minneapolis Saint-Paul International Airport (MSP)
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
…And they’re are continually adding more. They are currently working on becoming available in Houston.
For more information on the Mobile Passport App, please visit the official website.
Have you used the Mobile Passport app? What did you think of it?