Connect with people all around the world while you're in quarantine.

By Andrea Romano
April 09, 2020
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Who says dating is “impossible” during self-quarantine?

Stay-at-home measures to help combat the spread of coronavirus can really put a damper on your love life. But many singles out there are having “virtual dates” with their matches, and now the dating pool is getting bigger and bigger.

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Tinder announced on Thursday, April 2, that it will be activating its Passport feature for free to all members. Normally, this feature is only available to paying Plus & Gold members, but now anyone can match with potential love interests across the globe.

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“As parts of the world went into quarantine, members began Passporting into those countries.  Rates of Passport use were up over the last week of March in Brazil: 15 percent, Germany: 19 percent, France: 20 percent and India: 25 percent,” Tinder said in a company statement.

Here’s how it works. Members can search by city (wherever they want to “explore”) and change their location in their profile in order to match up with people across the globe. This can be close by or halfway across the world. New York City members can connect with members in Tokyo. Members in Los Angeles can connect with those in France. There are endless possibilities. The only drawback is that your matches can only see and interact with you while you’re still in their location (and up to a day after you’ve changed your location). Users can only explore one city at a time.

“We hope our members, many of whom are anxious and looking for more human connection, can use Passport to transport themselves out of self-quarantine to anywhere in the world,” said Elie Seidman, Tinder CEO, in a company statement. “We’re inspired by how people are using Tinder to be there for each other, and we want to fan these flames of social solidarity.”

In order to get this feature, make sure your app is completely up to date for both iOS and Android users. More information about Passport can be found on Tinder.