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.
Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment.
If approved for 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.
Those approved for Global Entry will enjoy the following benefits:
U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and citizens of eligible countries may apply for Global Entry membership. Individuals under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to participate in the program.
Global Entry members from other countries must have a valid passport and visa and obtain updated visa information from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. If a member receives a new passport or updated visa information, the CBP must be notified in person at a Global Entry enrollment center.
As of 2022, a person may be ineligible for the Global Entry program if:
Citizens of the following 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.
Global Entry travelers must be Mexican nationals or citizens of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, or the United Kingdom.