Are you tired of waiting in long lines at the airport after an international flight? Global Entry could be your golden ticket for a seamless and stress-free travel experience. In this guide, we’ll dissect how the program works, where you can find it, the cost, and so much more. Although I can’t personally vouch, endorse, or recommend this program, it could be an option worth investigating. Let’s dive into the essential details you need to know!
Global Entry is a program by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, designed to expedite the entry process for pre-approved, low-risk travelers arriving in the United States from international destinations. It’s like having a VIP pass for clearing customs and immigration quickly and efficiently.
For a nonrefundable fee of $100, you get five years of hassle-free travel. While it’s a bit pricier than TSA PreCheck, the good news is that it includes TSA PreCheck benefits. Some credit cards might even cover the cost, so be sure to check your card benefits.
Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent U.S. residents, and travelers from select countries. Visit the cbp.gov to check your eligibility.
Be patient! Interviews may take months to schedule. For quicker results, try walking in or consider Enrollment on Arrival (EoA) for an expedited process.
With Global Entry, you’ll receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN), your unique identification. Provide this number when booking flights. Upon returning to the U.S., follow the Global Entry signs, use the kiosk to scan your passport or LPR card, declare items, and bypass regular lines with your receipt.
Unlike TSA PreCheck, everyone in your group needs Global Entry, regardless of age. If your child hasn’t gone through the application process, they can’t use this program.
Check the cbp.gov website for a list of airports offering this program.
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