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  • What is Global Entry? (Part 1)

    May 01, 2019 by Staff Writer

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    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.*

    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. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.

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

    Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment.

    While Global Entry’s goal is to speed travelers through the process, members may still be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions will result in the appropriate enforcement action and termination of the traveler’s membership privileges.

    To start your Global Entry application, visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website. This notice was last modified by CBP on October 2, 2017. We also recommend that you follow this link for any updates to this notice posted directly on the CBP's website.

    You may find answers in our other posts in this 3-part series: and Are You Eligible for Global Entry? (Part 2), and How to Apply for the U.S. Global Entry Program (Part 3).

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