What Is It?
Finally, there’s a feasible solution to the one part of traveling that tends to be left off of the highlight reel: the border control bottleneck. Unlike most VIP lanes that require elite status or certain spending, this express lane just requires a download.
Mobile Passport revolutionizes the border control process by getting your personal info before landing, so once you arrive at immigration you can just flash a QR code and zoom through a separate line. With the Mobile Passport app, you can skip winding lines and mild interrogations.
How Does It Work?
Give Mobile Passport your lowdown: your name, contact info, passport number and snap a selfie. The app works at 20 airports and one cruise ship port around the world, so you’re covered most of the time you’re traveling internationally. After inputting your information, tap “Add Trip.” You fill out the forms before you land, and simply click “Submit Now” upon arrival. This generates a QR code, which is the only “paperwork” you need to cross country lines.
There’s no need to shakily fill out forms amidst turbulence, or frantically borrow a pen upon arrival. Mobile Passport is especially nice for families or groups, as it keeps lines and moving to a minimum. You’ll probably beat the rest of your flight’s passengers through passport control—meaning that you’ll also fly through customs.
Our Favorite Part
Mobile Passport feels like our little secret. This app offers an excellent service that’s very similar to the Global Entry app, but Mobile Passport has far fewer users and it’s free! Global Entry will set you back $100 every five years; certain credit cards from American Express and Chase will also cover the fee, but that has unfortunately caused enrollment rates (and airport queues) to soar.
By contrast, Mobile Passport is well designed and proven to work, but it has only a fraction of the users! The programs have separate queues, too—and the one with fewer people is almost always Mobile Passport.
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Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.