Don’t leave home without downloading this app…
One of the main bottlenecks when coming back into the United States after international travel is getting through Customs. Filling out forms on the plane, waiting in long lines, and answering a bunch of questions about your recent trip is tiring. What if I told you there is now a way to do most of this through an app? Would you download a simple app to your phone if it could save you time getting through customs? I know I would.
The Mobile Passport Control app is an app that can do just that, help you get through the whole process more quickly. All you have to do is download the app to one of your smart devices, i.e. tablet or phone. Once you download the app, create a profile with your passport information including name, gender, date of birth, and country of citizenship. Once you have this set-up, you are ready to use the app on your next international trip.
How do you use the app when coming back into the US? It is actually quite simple. Select “New Trip” in the app. In your new trip you will put in your arrival airport, airline, take a self-photo, and answer the series of CBP inspection related questions. Note: only select airports are participating currently visit https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/mobile-passport-control for the full list of airports. Once you have Wi-Fi or data available to you, submit your information and you will receive a receipt with your encrypted quick response code or QR code.
When you get to the CBP officer they will scan the code and verify your information.
No more filling out forms on the plane and answering a ton of questions with the CBP officer. You are doing all the administrative tasks in advanced which helps reduce passport control inspection time and, therefore, overall wait times. You will still have to go through the line, no skipping the line, but this will dramatically decrease the amount of time you are waiting.
If you are traveling with your family, great news! You can add up to 12 profiles for a single household and submit only once for those 12 people. This helps out families who are traveling with little kids because you can easily do this on the plane, submit once you get off the plane, and get through CPB quickly.
Currently this app is only available to United States and Canadian citizens. Eligible travelers can download the Mobile Passport app from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. After all, Life is Better Traveling when making it easier for you.
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