U.S. Customs and Border Protection service traveler program

Caution Note: This article is a reference for those who are members of Global Entry or who are considering applying. It does not represent legal or immigration advice. Please refer to the official CBP Global Entry website for full details on the program.

Global Entry is a program administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to receive expedited clearance upon arrival into the United States.

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Global Entry onlyEdit

The following groups of people can apply for membership in Global Entry:

Applicants must be able to pass a criminal history check, have complied with customs and immigration regulations in the past, and provide truthful responses on the application. The cost of applying is $100. A number of credit cards offer a statement credit for the enrollment fee.

Please refer to the Global Entry eligibility page for further details on eligibility.

Although Canadian citizens are not eligible to apply for Global Entry, they may receive Global Entry privileges by participating in the NEXUS program.

NEXUS membersEdit

All NEXUS members are automatically enrolled in Global Entry if their 10 fingerprints are on file with CBP. This can be verified by logging in to GOES to see if the NEXUS member is also enrolled in Global Entry, or by visiting a NEXUS or Global Entry enrollment center. There is no additional cost for NEXUS members.


After completing an online application and submitting the $100 fee, applicants must schedule an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center. These centers are only in the United States, Canada, and Qatar, but it is also possible to do your interview upon arrival at certain airports in the United States. See the official site for more information on the application process.



The Global Entry card is a valid form of ID when entering the U.S. via land. It can also be used at airport security. However, it is only issued to members who are citizens of the United States or Mexico.

Expedited land border crossingsEdit

Global Entry members may use the NEXUS lanes when entering the U.S. via land from Canada if they are in possession of a Global Entry card AND if that card has been activated online for non-airport use. However, Global Entry members (who are not members of NEXUS) may not enter Canada through a NEXUS lane.

Global Entry members may use the SENTRI lanes when entering the U.S. via land from Mexico, if they are in possession of a Global Entry card and are driving in an approved vehicle.

Expedited air travel to the U.S.Edit

Global Entry members can expedite the customs and immigration process at certain airports and bypass the primary inspection.

At the airport customs hall, the traveler will report to a Global Entry kiosk, scan their passport (or "green card" for legal permanent residents), scan their fingerprints, have their photograph taken, and answer a series of questions. A receipt will then be printed. The traveler will present their boarding pass and receipt to the CBP agent before exiting the hall.

Global Entry members do not need to be in possession of their Global Entry or NEXUS card when traveling via air, nor do they need to complete a blue declaration card. However, they must be in possession of their passport and (if applicable) any visa or permanent residency documents.

Some passengers may be randomly selected for a secondary inspection.


The following U.S. airports have Global Entry kiosks


The following Canadian airports with customs preclearance have Global Entry kiosks:


The following Irish airports with customs preclearance have Global Entry kiosks:


The following UAE airport with customs preclearance has Global Entry kiosks:

TSA PrecheckEdit

TSA Precheck is a program that expedites security procedures at select U.S. airports. A dedicated lane is available to travelers using TSA Precheck.

All Global Entry members are eligible to participate in the TSA Precheck program when flying from a U.S. airport with an approved airline. Travelers must register that they are trusted travelers with their airline prior to printing their boarding pass. For more information, please refer to the TSA Precheck website.

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