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Tinder just made its Passport feature free, so you can match with people from all over the world

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.

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.

“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.

Tinder made its Passport feature, which lets users change their location to connect with singles around the world, free amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Why can’t I start a conversation with somebody I’ve swiped right on?

After two users have mutually right-swiped one another, a match is created. After a match is created, you’ll see a notification appear on your screen. From here, you can either start a chat or continue swiping through other profiles.

After a match has been created, what follows depends on the user’s gender.

On Bumble, women always make the first move. If she doesn’t initiate a conversation within 24 hours, the connection expires.

Men cannot initiate a conversation with women. However, they can show that they’re especially interested in her by using the daily 24-hour extend feature.

Bumble was designed to counter problematic and antiquated hetero dating norms, so the above rules do not apply to same-sex matches or to connections made in Bumble BFF. In these cases, either person has 24 hours to make the first move before the connection expires.

Bumble has changed the way people date, find friends, and the perception of meeting online, for the better. Women make the first move. On iPhone + Android.