Traveling abroad can be a fun and exciting experience, but dealing with customs and immigration can be a headache, especially if you’re dealing with long lines and delays. Luckily, a few programs are designed to help make the process a little smoother, including Mobile Passport and Global Entry.
Mobile Passport vs Global Entry
Mobile Passport is a free app that allows U.S. and Canadian citizens to expedite the process of clearing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at select airports and cruise ports. It allows you to submit your passport information and customs declaration form via your phone, eliminating the need to fill out the paper forms and wait in line to speak with a CBP officer.
On the other hand, Global Entry is a program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. It includes all the benefits of Mobile Passport but also includes TSA Pre✓®, which allows for expedited security screening when departing from participating airports in the U.S.
So, which one should you choose? It depends on your travel needs and preferences. Mobile Passport is an excellent option if you’re looking to expedite the customs process, especially if you’re only traveling internationally a few times a year. However, if you’re a frequent traveler and want to cut down on wait times both at customs and security screening, Global Entry might be a better choice.
How to Apply
You can apply for Mobile Passport through the app store on your smartphone. Simply search for “Mobile Passport” and download the app. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can create a profile and fill out your passport information and customs declaration form.
As for Global Entry, you have to apply through the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) website. You’ll need to create an account, fill out your application, and pay a non-refundable fee of $100. After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll need to undergo a background check and an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center.
Not all airports have enrollment centers, so you’ll want to check the TTP website to find the nearest location to you. Once you’ve been approved for Global Entry, you’ll be able to use your Known Traveler Number (KTN) to access TSA Pre✓® when departing from participating airports in the U.S.
Benefits of TSA Pre✓®
TSA Pre✓® is a program that allows expedited security screening for low-risk travelers departing from participating airports within the United States. Here are some of the benefits of TSA Pre✓®:
Expedited Security Screening: With TSA Pre✓®, you won’t have to remove your shoes, belt, light jacket, or your liquids and electronics from your carry-on baggage.
Shorter Lines: TSA Pre✓® has separate security lines, which means you can skip the long lines and get through security faster.
Less Hassle: The screening process is much quicker and more efficient with TSA Pre✓® which helps reduce stress and hassle.
Access to Global Entry and NEXUS: If you’re enrolled in Global Entry or NEXUS, you’re automatically eligible for TSA Pre✓®, which means you can enjoy all of the benefits when flying domestically within the U.S.
Overall, TSA Pre✓® is an excellent option for travelers who want to streamline the airport experience and save time while traveling, especially if you’re a frequent traveler. Please note that TSA Pre✓® can be applied for separately (without Global Entry).
In conclusion, both Mobile Passport and Global Entry can help make the process of clearing customs and immigration a little less stressful. Just remember that you’ll need to apply, and there are fees associated with both programs. With that said, we highly recommend both of these programs for travelers looking to streamline their airport experience.
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