Global Entry and Travel Precheck
Global Entry and Travel Precheck
A Global Entry Card with Travel Precheck is essential for frequent overseas travelers.
The last time Carol and I entered the U.S. from an international destination, hundreds of U.S. citizens were standing in the customs & immigration line.
Because we were registered with the Global Entry program, we walked to one of the Global Entry Kiosks, and we were literally finished in 30 seconds.
Plus, once you have your Global Entry Card, it also includes Precheck to help you avoid the long lines for domestic travel.
How to Obtain a Global Entry Card
“Global Entry continues to be one of CBP’s most successful and popular programs with application volume steadily increasing over the past several years,” said Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “With Enrollment on Arrival, we are adapting and innovating our process to meet the program’s demands by providing flexibility and additional options for travelers who need to complete their Global Entry interview.”
Once a traveler is conditionally approved, instead of scheduling an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center, the traveler can complete the enrollment interview during CBP primary inspection at a participating airport. Upon arrival, travelers will be directed to a primary booth designated specifically for Enrollment on Arrival. A CBP officer will conduct both the primary processing and Global Entry interview and collect the traveler’s biometrics to complete the enrollment. The traveler will then be cleared for entry into the United States and will be a Global Entry member.
Currently available at 53 U.S. airports and 15 Pre-clearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the international arrivals process at airports for trusted travelers. The more than 4 million Global Entry members bypass traditional CBP inspection lines and use an automated kiosk to complete their admission to the United States. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Precheck expedited screening program.
U.S. citizens, U.S nationals, and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for Global Entry as well as citizens of certain countries with which CBP has trusted traveler arrangements, including Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in NEXUS may also use the Global Entry kiosks. Interested travelers apply through the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) website.
The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100, and applications must be submitted online. Once the applicant successfully passes a background check, a CBP officer will conduct an interview with the applicant at one of the more than 100 Global Entry Enrollment Centers located throughout the U.S., Canada, and Qatar, or at an Enrollment on Arrival location and then make a final eligibility determination.
While the goal of Global Entry is to speed travelers through the process, members may be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions will result in appropriate enforcement action and revocation of the traveler’s membership privileges.
Visit CBP’s Global Entry website for more information on the Global Entry Program.
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