Global Entry is a program developed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to expedite entry into the U.S. for low-risk, pre-screened international travelers. Upon arriving in the U.S., members proceed directly to the automated Global Entry kiosk — bypassing passport control lines and paper customs declarations.

Global Entry is now available at over 40 major U.S. airports. U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent legal residents, and citizens of select countries are eligible to apply. For a complete list of Global Entry locations you can visit the Global Entry websiteopens in a new window.

A non-refundable application fee of $100 per applicant will be charged at the time of application. If approved, membership is valid for five years. Here's how the application/approval process works:

  1. Complete an application onlineopens in a new window and pay the non-refundable application fee
  2. If conditionally approved after review, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will follow up to schedule an interview at an in-airport enrollment center.
  3. Participate in the in-person interview during which a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer will review your application and verify identification documents and eligibility.
  4. If approved, the officer will take your photo, obtain fingerprint information, and introduce you to the program.

So, if you've ever wanted to bypass the long lines at customs and border control, here's your chance. For more information, visit www.globalentry.govopens in a new window.