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SEA Visitor Pass FAQs

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What is the SEA Visitor Pass Program?

This program allows members of the general public who are not flying that day to visit SEA and enjoy the amenities on the post-security side of the airport.

The SEA Visitor Pass program is intended for personal use and to enable approved visitors to spend time with friends and family or shop and dine at the airport. Any commercial or business use or any other uses not specifically listed here are expressly forbidden and could result in revocation of your approval to participate.

How does SEA Visitor Pass work?

    Step 1: Apply Online

    You can apply the day of your visit or up to seven days in advance. At this time, SEA Visitor Pass is limited to 300 visitors a day, you can see a countdown of the number of passes remaining on the application page. If you cannot select a date on the online form, that means the visitor slots are full for that day.

    Check that your information is accurate and provide your full legal name (exactly as it appears on your passport or driver’s license), date of birth, and your sex. 

    Apply for SEA Visitor Pass

    Step 2: Get TSA's Approval

    Your application will be reviewed and approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

    • If you’re applying in advance: You’ll receive an email with your approval status after midnight on the day of your visit.
    • If you’re applying for same day entrance: You’ll receive an email with your approval status within 15 minutes.

    Step 3: Show off your SEA Visitor Pass

    If approved for entry, you’ll receive an email with a QR code to scan upon entry at TSA Checkpoint 3. Make sure you have it on hand (either print or digital) along with your TSA-approved ID.  Each person using SEA Visitor Pass must display their individual QR code and ID at security, those without the approval email will be denied entry.

    SEA Visitor Pass participants must enter through general screening at TSA Checkpoint 3 between 5:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. Get step-by-step directions on our interactive map or check live checkpoint wait times on the flySEA App!

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    Program and Security Information:

    • SEA recommends that you depart by 10:00 p.m.
    • You're subject to the same security regulations as passengers boarding an aircraft and must comply with TSA’s screening procedures, do not bring items prohibited by TSA and review the 3-1-1 Liquids Rules
    • Expedited screening and trusted traveler programs like TSA PreCheck and CLEAR are cannot be used with SEA Visitor Pass
    • Access is limited to 300 passes per day and are granted on a first-come, first-served basis and is subject to TSA approval
    • SEA Visitor Pass is a permanent program. However, the Port of Seattle has the right to cancel the program or modify program rules at any time without prior notice.
    • SEA Visitor Pass access is approved only for personal use; commercial or professional use is forbidden and will result in revocation of program access


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    How long will the SEA Visitor Pass Program last?

    This is a permanent program with no expected end date. However, SEA reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel the program or modify program rules at any time without prior notice.

    What hours may I enter the airport on a SEA Visitor Pass?
    • This program allows access to the post-security side of the airport to visitors who are not flying between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. seven days a week. The visitor pass is only available for Checkpoint 3 and there are 300 passes allotted per day. 
    • The last entrance is at 9:00 p.m. Many of the airport services and restaurants close at 10:00 p.m. so program access terminates at that time.
    • Be sure to allow enough time to get through the security lines. At peak travel times, we recommend two or more hours before you want to be post-security.
    • Under SEA Visitor Pass, you can enter and exit the airport at any time during your registered day and program operating hours, subject to the four-hour limit which begins upon your first passage through security screening. However, if you depart the post-security area you will have to reenter through security checkpoints, so please plan accordingly.
    What forms of identification are accepted?

    Any valid form of identification accepted by TSA can be used for SEA Visitor Pass, including licenses from other states and U.S. and international passports.

    What items can I bring with me?

    SEA Visitor Pass users are subject to the same security regulations as ticketed passengers and access is granted by TSA.  

    • All prohibited items as well as liquids and aerosol cans apply to SEA Visitor Pass holders. Bringing any of these prohibited items could mean that they are confiscated or you are denied access to the airport.  
    • Please bring only one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or bag through the security checkpoint.
    When can I apply for a visit?
    • You can apply the same day you want to enter, or up to seven days in advance.
    • If applying in advance, you will receive an email with your approval status after midnight on the day of your visit.
    • If applying for same day entrance, you will receive an email with your approval status within 30 minutes.
    • If approved, bring the QR code in your email and your TSA approved ID to the airport between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
    • Do not come to the airport unless you have received approval and a QR code via email.
    Can I apply for SEA Visitor Pass on the same day I want to visit?
    • Yes, you can apply on the same day you want to visit if program quotas have not been reached.
    • For same day applications, watch your email for notification and a QR code (if you are approved) within 30 minutes of applying.
    • Bring this QR code and your TSA approved ID to the airport between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
    • Do not come to the airport unless you have received approval and a QR code.
    Where do I sign up for SEA Visitor Pass?

    Please apply online up to seven days in advance. You can apply the same day that you want to visit if the daily quota has not already been met.

    Apply for SEA Visitor Pass

    Why couldn't I select a specific date using the online tool?

    If you can NOT select a specific date up to seven days before your visit, it means that the quota of visitors for that day has already been met.

    We hope that you will come for a visit on a different day. Just complete a new application up to seven days before your visit.

    Apply for SEA Visitor Pass

    Can minors use SEA Visitor Pass?

    Yes, minors are eligible to participate. Every person participating in the SEA Visitor Pass program must complete a separate online registration and bring their own QR code.

    • Visitors over the age of 15 who have a TSA-approved photo ID must complete registration online and bring the same photo ID that was used for registration to the airport with them.
    • Parents or guardians of minors without a photo ID must complete registration online.
    • Every adult must bring their own QR code along with the QR codes for any minors they are supervising.
    • Minors under the age of 18 must remain under escort at all times by an approved adult SEA Visitor Pass participant.
    • One adult SEA Visitor Pass participant can accompany up to five minor participants.
    How do we apply for a family or group?

    Every non-traveling visitor must complete the online registration form and be approved for entrance, regardless of age. Minors without valid photo IDs must apply and be accompanied by an adult who has also been approved for SEA Visitor Pass entry. 

    Can I use SEA Visitor Pass with CLEAR® or TSA Pre✓®?

    No, SEA Visitor Pass cannot be used with either of these special access programs. It is not an expedited entry program, and all participating visitors must use the security line at Checkpoint 3.

    I'm a badged airport employee. Can I use the SEA Visitor Pass?

    The SEA Visitor Pass program is intended for personal use only. Commercial or professional use is expressly forbidden. You may not use this program as an alternative to security clearance if you are reporting to work in the post-security side of the airport. If you violate these terms, you will be subject to a fine.

    What about accessibility and wheelchair assistance?

    At SEA Airport we strive to make your experience as easy, safe, and comfortable as possible. We have various amenities for travelers of all backgrounds, including a Sensory Room, adult changing tables, Service Animal Relief Areas, and more. At this time, SEA wheelchairs and wheelchair attendants to push wheelchairs are not available with the Visitor Pass program.  However, participants are welcome to enter the checkpoints with their own wheelchair or mobility aids when using the pass.  Learn more about accessibility at Sea-Tac Airport.

    How will you use my personal information?

    In order to receive a gate pass from the Airport to access the Sterile Area, all  Authorized Individuals and any minors, meaning an individual under 18 years of age who is entering with such individual, will be required to provide certain personal information that triggers the need for an important Privacy Act Statement.  All individuals should carefully read the Privacy Act Statement below and consider the implications of providing their personal information. 


    AUTHORITY:  49 U.S.C. § 114(f).  PRINCIPAL PURPOSE(S):  This information is collected by airport operators or their representatives in order to conduct checks of TSA’s Secure Flight watch lists on individuals who wish to access the Sterile Area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) which is located beyond the screening checkpoint. TSA may receive this information from airport operators or their representatives in order to resolve suspected or actual matches to this database.

    ROUTINE USE(S):  TSA may share this information with aircraft and airport operators, foreign air carriers, or appropriate Federal, State, or other agency regarding individuals who pose or are suspected of posing a risk to transportation or national security, or for other routine uses identified in TSA systems of records, DHS/TSA 019 Secure Flight Records. DISCLOSURE:  Voluntary; failure to furnish the requested information will result in your inability to access facilities located in the airport beyond the screening checkpoint.

    Individuals are also reminded that should they have any questions or comments regarding this process or the effect of the check referenced in the Privacy Act Statement, they may contact TSA’s Contact Center at (866) 289-9673 or at Participants may also contact a TSA representative at the screening checkpoint.

    How will I know if my visit is approved?
    • If applying in advance, you will receive an email with your approval status after midnight on the day of your visit.
    • If applying for same day entrance, you will receive an email with your approval status within 15 minutes.
    • If you are approved, bring the QR code included in the approval email and a form of TSA-approved ID to Security Checkpoint 3 between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
    Can I meet passengers arriving on an international flight?

    You can meet passengers arriving from domestic destinations in the United States at their gates if you are approved for SEA Visitor Pass access.

    This program does not apply to most passengers arriving directly from destinations outside the United States, because they must clear U.S. Customs at their first point of entry in the U.S. The area where international passengers go through Customs is secure and only accessible to international travelers.

    • You can meet passengers arriving from most international destinations outside security at the Baggage Claims level in Gina Marie Lindsey Hall which is on the very south end of the terminal near the international airlines, so you do not need to request a SEA Visitor Pass. For more information on meeting international arriving passengers.
    • If Seattle is the first U.S. point of entry for a passenger, they will need to clear U.S. Customs here. If they are connecting to another U.S. city, you can meet them at the gate of their departing flight if they already have their tickets for the connecting flight.
    • If passengers are arriving from Dublin or the Canadian cities of Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver, you can meet them at their arrival gate because they have already been cleared for entry to the United States.
    Can I leave the airport and come back later in the day?

    Yes, SEA Visitor Pass allows exit and re-entry only on the day of your approved visit. However, you must enter security at Checkpoint 3 each time by 9 p.m. If you return on a different day, you will have to complete another request for entry through the online registration and be approved for entry.

    How can I tell if all visitor spaces have been filled on a specific date?

    If you cannot select an entry date on the online registration form, visitor quotas for that day have been reached. Please register for another date.

    May non-U.S. citizens participate in the program?

    Yes, you may participate. Please submit your registration to the SEA Visitor Pass program, wait for approval for entry, provide the QR code you were emailed, and a form of TSA-approved ID at security checkpoint 3 on the day you are permitted to enter.

    Should I request a SEA Visitor Pass to meet an unaccompanied minor?

    No, arrangements for picking up an unaccompanied minor from a flight should be coordinated directly with the airline.

    Where is arrival gate D20?

    Several flights at SEA park away from the gate and bring passengers to the terminal by shuttle bus. If you are meeting a passenger at Gate D20, you can meet them on the escalator landing leading down to the D Concourse terminal train station near Gate D2.

    Learn more about ground boarding.

    Gate D20 Passenger Meeting location


    What if I have questions not answered in these FAQs?

    SEA Airport Customer Care is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and closed on federal holidays. If we are unavailable, we'll get back to you as soon as possible!

    Contact us by one of any of the following ways:

    Call or Text*: (206) 787-5388* or (800) 544-1965 | On social media: @flySEA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram | By Email: | Feedback Form:

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