Introduction to Global Entry

Introduction to Global Entry

If you’re an active international traveler like we are, then you should know about Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.

At participating airports, program participants proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs them to baggage claim and the exit.

Even though the program was created for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify. You will need to get pre-approved for the program, which includes a rigorous background check and interview, and pay a non-refundable $100 application fee.

Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, Dutch citizens, South Korean citizens and Mexican nationals. Canadian citizens and residents may enjoy Global Entry benefits through membership in the NEXUS program.

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