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The Global Entry Guide: Everything you Need to Know

Those who have traveled internationally before probably know how much of a hassle going through customs can be. However, there’s a way to make overseas travel much easier. Learn everything you need to know about Global Entry below.

Global Entry FAQs

What is Global Entry?

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows pre-qualified, low-risk travelers to expedite their clearance upon arrival in the United States.

What are the benefits of Global Entry?

Upon arriving in the United States, travelers with Global Entry can use airport kiosks to clear customs, agricultural and immigration processing, often avoiding long lines and wait times. Global Entry kiosks are located at many major airports. Travelers don’t have to fill out any paperwork (such as a Customs declaration) upon arrival. Additional, Global Entry includes a TSA Pre-Check membership (an $85 value).

Who qualifies for Global Entry?

U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, Mexican nationals and citizens of the following countries can apply for Global Entry: Argentina, India, Columbia, United Kingdom, Germany, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland and Taiwan. Travelers must be over the age of 18 or must have a parent or legal guardian’s consent. Those who have been convicted of certain criminal offenses, are the subject of an ongoing investigation, are inadmissible to the U.S. under immigration regulation, have violated customs laws or do not meet the CBP’s low-risk traveler requirements will not be eligible. Global Entry benefits are member specific and cannot be extended to anyone else such as a member’s child.

How much does Global Entry cost?

Global Entry costs $100 for a 5-year membership.

Should I get Global Entry?

Anyone who travels internationally would likely find the value in the Global Entry program. Even if you only take 2 international trips per year, you’re only paying $5/flight for Global Entry benefits.

How do you apply for Global Entry?

To apply for Global Entry, you must create a Trusted Traveler Programs account and complete the online application, including paying the $100 non-refundable fee. If CBP conditionally approves your application, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center. Alternatively, those who are conditionally approved can also choose to take advantage of the “Enrollment on Arrival” program. Instead of an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center, a U.S. CBP officer can conduct your interview as part of your admissibility inspection when arriving in the U.S. at an international terminal. If approved, you will be issued a Global Entry Card within 7-10 business days that can be used for lawful U.S. entry at land and sea ports of entry however, only your passport or lawful permanent resident card are accepted at Global Entry kiosks. Global Entry Cards are only issued to U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents and Mexican nationals.

Considering applying for Global Entry? Create your Trusted Traveler Programs account here.

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