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Global Entry

Read on to find out what exactly Global Entry is, if you can qualify for it, how to obtain it and other FAQs here.

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What is Global Entry?

Global Entry is a program which allows fast track clearance through immigration and customs for pre-approved selected travellers who are deemed low-risk. The program is operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and is in operation in the United States at selected airports.

Benefits of Global Entry include speeding up travellers, allowing them to get on to their final destination. This is facilitated through reduced wait time and no processing lines. However, it is important to note that even passengers part of the Global Entry program can be selected for further examination when entering the US.

It works by passengers applying to the Global Entry program, where they must undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview, before being pre-approved. When arriving at their destination airport, passengers can use a Global Entry Kiosk, where passengers who have previously registered to the program present their passport or US resident card and fingerprint. After completing the customs declaration, passengers are issued a receipt and can continue through the airport to baggage claim and the exit.

The cost to apply to Global Entry is $100 USD for a 5 year membership. This also includes TSA Precheck. You can read more about TSA precheck here.

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How to apply for global entry?

  1. Before you apply, check that you are eligible for Global Entry by reading the qualifying criteria below.
  2. You must then create an account with the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Each person who requires Global Entry must create their own TTP account, regardless of their age.
  3. Once logged in to your TTP account, complete the application. The $100 fee will be required at this stage.
  4. Once your application and payment has been received, the US Customs and Border Protection will review your application and, if approved, you will be invited to schedule an interview at a Global Entry Enrolment Centre. Each applicant must schedule an individual interview, but people under 19 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
  5. At the interview, travellers must bring with them a valid passport and one other form of ID, such as a driving license or ID card. Passengers who are a lawful permanent resident must also present their machine readable permanent resident card.
  6. Once the application has been approved and travellers ready to travel, they must arrive at their destination airport and head to the Global Entry Kiosk with their passport or US resident card and complete a customs declaration.
  7. Once a receipt has been printed, travellers are free to move on to the baggage reclaim, or exit the airport.

Who qualifies for Global Entry?

Citizens of the U.S. and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents are eligible for global entry, along with citizens of the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • India
  • Colombia
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Panama
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Mexican nationals

There is no age minimum age to be part of the Global Entry program. However, if travellers are under the age of 18, they have the consent of their parent or legal guardian to apply and participate in Global Entry.

Sometimes, travellers are denied the right to Global Entry. This may be to a number of reasons, including:

  • Travellers who have lied, or provided incomplete information on the application form.
  • Travellers who have been convicted of a criminal offense, have pending criminal charges, or outstanding warrants. Please note this rule includes driving under the influence.
  • Travellers have violated customs, immigration, agricultural regulations or laws in ANY country.
  • Travellers who are the subject of an investigation by a federal, state or local law enforcement agency.
  • Travellers who are not permitted entry into the US due to immigration regulations. This includes travellers with approved waivers of inadmissibility or parole documents.
  • Travellers who can not prove or convince the CBP of their low-risk status.

Where can I use Global Entry

Global Entry is currently in operation in selected US Airports at Global Entry Kiosks The following is a list of airports who currently have Global Entry Kiosks:

  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
  • Anchorage - Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC)
  • Aruba - Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA)
  • Austin - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Bermuda International Airport (BDA)
  • 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)
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston (IAH)
  • Grand Bahamas International Airport (FPO)
  • Guam International Airport (GUM)
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)
  • Hartford – Bradley International Airport (BDL)
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  • Houston – Hobby International Airport (HOU)
  • Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York (JFK)
  • John Wayne Airport (SNA)
  • Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
  • Lambert - St. Louis International Airport (STL)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Milwaukee - General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  • Nashville International Airport (BNA)
  • Nassau - Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport, Bahamas (NAS)
  • New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
  • New York – Stewart International Airport (SWF)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • Ontario International Airport (ONT)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Orlando-Melbourne International Airport (MLB)
  • 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)
  • Providence – T.F. Green International Airport (PVD)
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
  • 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)
  • South Bend International Airport (SBN)
  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Toledo Express Airport (TOL)
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG)

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Global Entry FAQs

What is the difference between Global Entry and TSA Precheck?

TSA Precheck is a service in which you can fast track your security screening process for flights departing airports in the United States. Global Entry is a fast track of the customs and immigrations process through doing it in advance with applications and interviews. When purchasing Global Entry for a price of $100, it includes the price of TSA Precheck. TSA Precheck costs $85 on its own. You can read more about TSA Precheck here.

Do I need multiple interview appointments if I am travelling with my family?

Each member of the family will need their own separate appointment time. On the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website on the Global Entry schedule appointment section, you can use the filter to select the number of appointments needed. Each person will then have to log into their own account and attend their own interview. People under the age of 18 must be accompanied to the interview by their parent or legal guardian. Read more tips and information about travelling with children here.

Do I need to declare food items or other goods when using the Global Entry kiosk?

Yes, you will need to declare any goods, especially agricultural products, that you are carrying when you enter the US. Read more information about custom rules and duty free rules when travelling to the US and elsewhere here.