Global Entry is a United States Customs and Border Protection program that grants pre-approved, low-risk travelers expedited clearance when arriving in the United States. Global Entry is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted Traveler Programs and applies to travel by land, air, and sea. Global Entry also includes TSA PreCheck as part of its enrollment. All Global Entry applicants must go through a background check and in-person interview before enrollment. Once accepted, membership lasts 5 years.
Global Entry members proceed to Global Entry kiosks at airports, present their passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for verification, and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk will issue a receipt and direct the traveler to baggage claim, after which the traveler can exit. The process allows travelers to expedite their process; however, Global Entry members may still be selected for further examination before entering the U.S.
U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and citizens of 11 countries are eligible for Global Entry membership. All Global Entry members from other countries must have a valid passport and visa and must obtain updated visa information with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. If a new visa or passport is obtained, or if visa information needs to be updated, the member must notify CBP in-person at a Global Entry enrollment center.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a person may not be eligible for the Global Entry program if:
- False information is provided on the application;
- The person has been convicted of any criminal offense or has pending criminal charges or outstanding warrants;
- Has been found in violation of any customs, immigration, or agriculture regulation or laws in any country;
- Is the subject of an ongoing investigation by any federal, state, or local law enforcement agency;
- Is inadmissible to the United States under immigration regulation, including applicants with approved waivers of inadmissibility or parole documentation, or
- Cannot satisfy Customs and Border Protection of your low-risk status.
Countries Eligible for Global Entry
Citizens of the following 11 countries are eligible to enroll for Global Entry membership. Canadian citizens and residents are eligible for Global Entry benefits through membership in the NEXUS program. There may be additional requirements depending on the person’s country of citizenship. To view each eligible country’s specific requirements, click on the country below.