Flying Smart: Get Global Entry

What Is Global Entry?

Global Entry is 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 airports, program members proceed to the Global Entry lanes where processing technology will be used to expedite the members by capturing a photo to verify their membership. Once the photo has been captured, the member will receive on-screen instructions and proceed to a CBP officer who will confirm that you have successfully completed the process.

Here are the benefits of Global Entry as described on the Global Entry site:

  • Less Waiting
  • Fewer Headaches
  • Better Experience

Here’s How Global Entry Works

  • Apply. Submit the online application.
  • Enroll. Applicants who are conditionally approved can complete their interviews upon arrival into the United States at an Enrollment on Arrival location or by scheduling an appointment at an Enrollment Center.

If you are flying internationally into the US within the next six months Global Entry encourages you to complete your Global Entry enrollment at an Enrollment on Arrival (EoA) location as an alternative to scheduling an interview at an Enrollment Center.

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What Are the Benefits of Global Entry?

  • Reduced wait times with self-service kiosks or E-Gates using facial comparison technologies.
  • No paperwork to be filled out by upon entry.
  • Includes TSA PreCheck.

Global Entry program members can use Global Entry Customs Kiosks at more than 75 airports when returning to the U.S. from travel abroad.

How Long Does It Take To Get Global Entry?

Application Processing Time: 4-6 months

How Much Does Global Entry Cost?

$100. And you get TSA Precheck as a part of the deal.

Conclusion: If you travel abroad, Global Entry is well worth it.

Recently, we arrived in Boston from Copenhagen at the same time as a flight arrived from Zurich. There were about six hundred passengers heading toward passport control when a CBP agent stopped everyone—all 600 of us—and told us to wait, that passport control was already full.

I raised my hand and asked: “What about Global Entry?”

“Come this way,” the agent said, and we walked into—and out of—passport control in minutes.


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