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  • Writer's pictureJulie Prusak

Travel Tip: Expedite Your Entry into the U.S. with the Mobile Passport Control App

Here's a useful travel tip for all the globetrotters out there: the Mobile Passport Control app (MPC app) is a game-changer when it comes to speeding up your entry process at various U.S. ports and airports. This free service is a must-have for savvy travelers who want to breeze through customs and avoid long wait times.

The magic of the MPC app lies in its ability to generate the required customs form right on your Apple or Android iPhone. Upon arrival in the U.S., simply download the app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, select your arrival airport or seaport (yes, it even works for cruises), and get ready to save some serious time.

Once you have an internet connection, the MPC app will prompt you to take a self-photo and answer a series of questions. After that, it works its magic and generates a unique QR code. When you reach the point of entry, show this QR code to a Customs Border Patrol agent, who will direct you to the special MPC line. This line is designed to whisk you through the process, bypassing the longer lines for inspection.

By using the MPC app, you can expect shorter wait times, less congestion, and efficient processing at passport control. It's a fantastic alternative to the Global Entry program, which costs $100 for a five-year membership. The best part? The MPC program is completely free, and it even allows up to 12 family members on the same flight or cruise to enjoy its benefits.

To learn more about the Mobile Passport Control app and to check the extensive list of entry ports where it can be used, visit the official website of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Happy travels and enjoy your seamless entry into the United States!

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