Global Entry

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Global Entry is a program being piloted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection that allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to receive expedited clearance upon arrival into the United States. As of December 2014, Global Entry was available at 42 U.S. airports and 12 preclearance locations. More than 1.8 million members are enrolled in Global Entry and approximately 50,000 new applications for the program are filed monthly.[1]

Global Entry Logo


To enroll in Global Entry, applicants must first file an application with Customs and Border Protection, and then submit to an interview and background check. There is a $100 non-refundable fee for the application.[2] During the interview, the applicant's fingerprints are captured and a digital photo is taken. Applicants are also given instruction on how to use the automated kiosk. Once an application is approved, the applicant may use the Global Entry kiosk at any participating airport for a duration of 5 years. Renewal requires an additional fee.[3]

Entry procedure[edit]

Global Entry Kiosks

Enrolled users must present their machine-readable United States passport or permanent residency card and submit their fingerprints to establish identity. Users then complete a computerized Customs Declaration, and are issued a receipt instructing them to either proceed to baggage claim, or to a normal inspection booth for a normal interview.[4]

Enrollment eligibility[edit]

Global Entry countries

  •  Brazil (Brazilian citizens are eligible for the Global Entry and expected to join the program on first half of 2016)

On 27 September 2013, India welcomed an offer of membership to the U.S. Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network Program by the United States. Despite India's acceptance, the US government continues to deem Indian citizens ineligible for application to the program. On 29 December 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced a reciprocal arrangement with Germany for each nation's trusted traveler program—the U.S. Global Entry program and the German EasyPASS.[1]

Disqualification and revocation[edit]

It is possible for any type of criminal conviction to disqualify a traveler from the Global Entry program. 3 to 5 percent of travelers who sign up for the program are rejected; in such cases, they are generally told the reason for the rejection. Paying a fine for having a prohibited or undeclared item at a port of entry generally will disqualify a traveler. Those whose Global Entry applications are denied have three ways to appeal: making an appointment to speak with a supervisor at a trusted traveler enrollment center, e-mailing the agency’s ombudsman, or filing a complaint through the Department of Homeland Security's Traveler Redress Inquiry Program.[5]

CBP claims that in less than 1 percent of cases in which Global Entry was granted, it will be revoked. In these situations, there is not necessarily an explanation of why it was revoked.[6]

TSA PreCheck[edit]

Members of Global Entry (along with members of NEXUS and SENTRI), may use TSA PreCheck on all participating airlines by entering their Customs and Border Protection ID number from their Global Entry card into their flight reservation information or into their frequent flyer account under "Known Traveler Number" (KTN). Global Entry qualifications do not guarantee TSA PreCheck on all flights, but "greatly increases odds".[7]

Program history[edit]

During the 1990s and early 2000s, the U.S.Immigration and Naturalization Service operated INSPASS, a trusted traveler program designed to integrate with Canadian and European programs, at New York-JFK and Newark Airport. INSPASS operated with a similar system, identifying travelers with their handprint. The program was discontinued in 2002 when the INS was merged with U.S. Customs to form U.S. Customs and Border Protection.[8]

The Global Entry program was initially deployed at a small number of airports, including New York-JFK (Terminal 4), Washington-Dulles and Houston-Intercontinental. Following a good reception by travelers, the program was expanded to include Los Angeles International, Atlanta-Hartsfield, Chicago-O'Hare and Miami International Airport.

In May 2009, Global Entry membership was expanded to include Netherlands citizens who are also members of The Netherlands Privium trusted traveler program under the FLUX (Fast Low-risk Universal Crossing) alliance. Present members of Global Entry are now permitted to apply to join the Privium program at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport allowing entry into the Schengen area.[9] Members of NEXUS and SENTRI are also entitled to use Global Entry.[10]

Participants may enter the United States (or the United States pre-clearance area in select international airports) by utilizing automated kiosks located at the following airports:[11]

  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)*
  • Anchorage - Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC)
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Burlington International Airport (BTV)*
  • Calgary International Airport (YYC)
  • Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)*
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • Dublin Airport (DUB)*
  • Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
  • Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)
  • Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee (MKE)
  • Guam International Airport (GUM)
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York (JFK)
  • John Wayne Airport (SNA)*
  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)*
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)*
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB)
  • Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • Queen Beatrix International Airport, Aruba (AUA)*
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)*
  • Saipan International Airport (SPN)*
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)*
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC)*
  • San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU)
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport-SeaTac (SEA)
  • Shannon Airport (SNN)*
  • Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport, Bahamas (NAS)*
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG)

The * indicate that there are no enrollment centers at these sites

Analogous systems in other countries[edit]

Mexico's Viajero Confiable program is open to Mexican citizens and US citizens who are members of Global Entry. Prospective members must pass a background check, interview with a Mexican immigration officer and have fingerprints and retina scans taken. Kiosks are currently available at Mexico City, Cancun and Los Cabos international airports, but the Mexican government hopes to expand it to other cities in the near future. [1]

Automated gate[2], the Japanese equivalent to the US program, has free registration. It is similar in that a passport and fingerprint is scanned at a kiosk to pass.

The Australian and New Zealand SmartGate system is available to all holders of biometric passports of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, UK and USA aged 16 or over. Citizens of Switzerland over 16 years of age can use SmartGate facilities in Sydney airport. It requires no pre-registration. It is similar to its US counterpart however uses facial recognition technology to process passengers.

The e-Channel in Hong Kong is situated at all border crossing points. A person who holds a Hong Kong Identity Card (HKID) inserts the card into a slot to enter the first gate and then has their thumbprint scanned to pass through the second gate.[12]

Taiwan's e-Gate is a free automated entry system for citizens and certain classes of residents and frequent visitors. Users simply scan their travel documents at the gate and are passed through for facial recognition. Electronic fingerprinting is used when facial recognition fails. Registration is available at the immigration counter right at the port of entry.

Germany's federal police also offers Easypass automated border control at major airports such as Frankfurt. It recently started a pilot called ABG+ with GlobalEntry. [3]

See also[edit]

  • NEXUS (US-Canada trusted traveler program)
  • SENTRI (US-Mexico trusted traveler program)
  • INSPASS (The predecessor to Global Entry)
  • CANPASS (The Canadian trusted traveler program)

External links[edit]


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  3. ^ Global Entry Frequently Asked Questions
  4. ^ CBP - How to Use the Kiosk
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  7. ^ (according to CBP officer)
  8. ^ USPASS (formerly INSPASS)
  9. ^ Global Entry FLUX
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