Global Entry has always been an essential when traveling internationally. You can read a previous article on the 6 Essentials for an International Trip to learn why. It’s $100, but also comes with TSA Pre and is worth every dollar unless you enjoy waiting in unnecessary lines for up to an hour. I still recommend applying for Global Entry, but you now have a free and instant option to breeze through customs.
The free app is called Mobile Passport Control and is available on iPhone and Android. The service is currently available in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Minneapolis, New York JFK, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington Dulles with new locations coming soon.
HOW TO USE
This is really easy and will take less than 5 minutes. For all you selfie lovers out there the longest task will probably be taking your perfect picture.
2. Fill out the information in your profile as it appears on your passport. You can add just your profile or add additional family members.
3. When you’re traveling back home open the app and answer a couple questions about your trip. Once you review your answers submit them and receive your receipt with a barcode.
4. When you land, follow the Mobile Passport Control signs, show the CBP officer your receipt and that’s it. No more waiting in lines that are continuing to grow.