Find the answers to the most common questions about the SEA Visitor Pass Program!
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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.
Non-ticketed passengers can sign up starting August 24, 2021 to enter the secure side of the airport and to comply with CDC regulations for transportation facilities, face masks are required over your mouth and nose at all times except when you are eating or drinking.
You can apply the day of your visit or up to seven days in advance. At this time, SEA Visitor Pass is limited to 100 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. You’ll receive a confirmation email verifying that your request has been received!
Your application will be reviewed and approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
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.
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.
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.
SEA Visitor Pass users are subject to the same security regulations as ticketed passengers and access is granted by TSA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Sea-Tac Airport we strive to make your travel experience as easy, safe, and comfortable as possible. Whether you are visiting Seattle, passing through, or accompanying someone else in their travels, our staff and facilities are here to assist. The airport is fully equipped with special access facilities to provide all travelers — as well as meeters, greeters and airport employees — with a safe, convenient means of getting around.
Learn more about accessibility at Sea-Tac Airport.
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 TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov. Participants may also contact a TSA representative at the screening checkpoint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, arrangements for picking up an unaccompanied minor from a flight should be coordinated directly with the airline.
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.
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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!
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