The mobile passport app, which rolled out to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last summer, has taken its talents to South Beach and can be used at Miami International Airport effective today, Feb. 26. (And since this post was published, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has been added as well.)
The app, now available for both iPhone and Android, allows U.S. citizens (and Canadian visitors) to skip the traditional paper forms on re-entry into the U.S. through these airports, cutting down on time spent waiting in line.
While not a replacement for your actual passport, which you must still carry with you, the app allows you to prepare your declaration forms while still in the air, then transmit them once you’ve landed and can reconnect to the internet or your mobile network.
Your data is sent securely to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for review, just as if you were using an Automated Passport Control kiosk. The app itself gives you the option of storing your passport information on your device or deleting it after your trip.
The free Mobile Passport app is available to U.S. citizens with a valid U.S. passport, and Canadian citizens with both a valid Canadian passport and B1 or B2 visa status.
The app is expected to expand to more airports later this spring and in a news release, CBP said it has committed to expanding the program to the 20 airports with the highest volumes of international travelers by the end of 2016.
Obviously, this affects only a limited number of travelers, and took six months to finally get to a second airport. If you have used this system, however, please let us know in the comments!