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What is Global Entry?

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    It's an aggravation international travelers know all too well: The line at U.S. Customs when you return home. But imagine if there was a way to flow quickly through this line, optimizing your wait time and sending you on your way more seamlessly than ever. Check out Global Entry!

    It's a program that aims to reduce your wait time at security checkpoints and U.S. Customs. International travelers are required to pass through U.S. Customs when returning to the country, and the length of the queue can vary depending on the number of people on your flight and other arriving flights. To minimize your wait time and expedite the customs clearance process, enrolling in Global Entry may help.

    What is Global Entry?

    Global Entry is a program created by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, lowrisk travelers upon arrival in the United States. This program aims to make traveling easier and more efficient by allowing members to skip long immigration and customs lines at participating airports. In addition to the time-saving benefits, Global Entry also includes TSA PreCheck®, which provides expedited security screening at participating U.S. airports.

    How does Global Entry work?

    Global Entry members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports. At the kiosk, members scan their passports, provide their fingerprints and complete a customs declaration. Once cleared, members receive a receipt and can then proceed to baggage claim and the exit.

    To enroll, travelers must first complete an online application and pay a non-refundable fee. Once approved, membership is valid for five years and can be renewed online.

    Who is eligible for Global Entry?

    U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and citizens of certain other countries are eligible for Global Entry. To be eligible, applicants must undergo a background check and an in-person interview with a CBP officer. Applicants must also have a clean criminal record, no customs, immigration or agriculture violations, and must not be the subject of an ongoing investigation by any federal, state, or local law enforcement agency. If you are under the age of 18, you must have your parent or legal guardian's consent to participate in the program.

    While Global Entry is a U.S. program, there are several countries where citizens can apply for membership through CBP's Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) website. These countries include:

    • Argentina
    • Bahrain
    • Brazil
    • Colombia Germany
    • India
    • Mexico
    • The Netherlands
    • Panama
    • Republic of Korea
    • Singapore
    • Switzerland
    • Taiwan
    • United Kingdom

    How to get reimbursed for Global Entry with credit cards

    Some credit cards offer reimbursement (up to a certain amount) for the cost of Global Entry as a cardmember benefit. To take advantage of this benefit, you will need to use your eligible credit card to pay for the Global Entry application fee. Reimbursement is usually given as a statement credit on your credit card bill within a few billing cycles of your payment.

    The Chase Sapphire Reserve® offers this kind of statement credit.

    How much does Global Entry cost?

    At the time of writing, the cost of a Global Entry membership is $100, and it is valid for five years. However, as stated above, certain credit cards offer a statement credit for the application fee, so you may be able to get the cost of Global Entry reimbursed. Just remember that some of these credit cards may come with an annual fee.

    The one-time fee required with your Global Entry application must be paid at time an application is submitted. The fee is non-refundable, even if an application is denied.

    Does Global Entry include TSA PreCheck?

    Yes, Global Entry includes TSA PreCheck. TSA PreCheck is a separate program that allows expedited screening for domestic flights departing from U.S. airports. Global Entry members are automatically enrolled in TSA PreCheck and can use their Known Traveler Number (KTN) when booking flights to receive TSA PreCheck benefits.

    How long does it take to get Global Entry?

    The Global Entry application process can take several weeks or months to complete. On average, the process takes 10 to 12 months.

    After submitting an application, applicants can expect to wait a few weeks for conditional approval, after which they will need to schedule an in-person interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center. Depending on the location and demand, there's an additional waiting period to secure an interview appointment.

    If you are planning to apply for Global Entry, you may want to consider submitting your application well in advance of your travel plans in case there are any delays in processing.

    What are the benefits of Global Entry?

    The main benefit of Global Entry is expedited clearance through U.S. Customs and Border Protection when entering the United States. In addition, Global Entry members are automatically enrolled in TSA PreCheck, which allows for expedited security screening for domestic flights departing from U.S. airports.

    Other benefits of Global Entry include:

    • No need to fill out customs declaration forms when entering the United States
    • Faster processing times when entering the United States
    • No need to remove shoes, belts, or light jackets during TSA PreCheck screenings
    • Access to expedited entry programs in other countries through reciprocal agreements

    How to renew Global Entry

    Global Entry membership is valid for five years, after which members must renew their membership. The renewal process is similar to the initial application process and requires a background check and an inperson interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center.

    Which airports have Global Entry kiosks?

    Global Entry kiosks are available at over 70 airports in the United States and at several airports in other countries. A full list of airports with Global Entry kiosks can be found on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

    In summary

    Global Entry may be a great option for anyone who frequently travels internationally or simply wants to streamline the U.S. Customs clearance process. With expedited clearance, automated kiosks and TSA PreCheck benefits included, Global Entry may offer a more hassle-free travel experience.

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