The parting of the sea - the sea of people flocking to the passport control lines has begun to get a little more manageable and dare I say enjoyable. That is, if you have Global Entry or the Mobile Passport app. The Mobile Passport app is the latest and greatest download every international traveler should have on their smart phone prior to landing back on US soil. It’s simple to get, simple to use and could very well allow you to love your next layover!
Here’s how it works:
- Download the app from the App store or get it on Google Play
- Set up your profile; you can even set up your entire family on one device!
- Answer a few brief questions about your trip
- Submit to CBP
Once you are at your port of entry (airport or sea port), connect to wireless or wi-fi and submit your data to CBP. Remember: when you submit, you are confirming under penalty of law that your information is correct. Within a few seconds, you will receive a CBP receipt with an encrypted barcode. Your receipt will be valid for 4 hours.
5) Breeze through Customs #LikeABoss
Follow the Mobile Passport Control signs to the designated Mobile Passport Control line. Show your passport to the CBP officer and scan the barcode on the CBP receipt. And that’s it!
Although the app won’t allow you to skip customs altogether, it will drastically shorten the time spent waiting in lines where officers bark orders such as “Don’t use your cell phones” or “NEXT!” or my favorite, “No videos or taking photos while in line” Sir, with all due respect, we just got back from an epic vacation don’t kill the vibe!
With all the time you just saved standing in line, you can go airport shopping, enjoy a few more minutes in the Sky Lounge or simply relax and smile knowing the worst part about vacation is getting to and from is getting just a little bit easier. So, with that being said, where in the world would you like to go next?