I recently found out about Global Entry through one of my fabulous followers on Instagram. Global Entry is "a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports" (- www.cbp.gov)
Almost any American citizen can apply. Simply create an online account here to apply: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/how-apply
There is a $100 fee (however you are covered in the program for 5 years) yet the benefits alone make it well worth it. Here's why you should consider it:
- No processing lines
- No paperwork (you no longer have to fill out those annoying customs forms!)
- Access to expedited entry benefits in other countries
- Available at major U.S. airports
- Reduced wait times
TSA Pre-Check Eligibility
I applied last week and was able to get an appointment for my interview last Friday. After a series of relatively simple questions, my photo was taken and I was done in less than 5 minutes. I haven't received my card yet but that should be arriving within 1-2 weeks.
I'm probably late in finding out about this but I'm glad I did it! I should have it in time for my trip to Cuba in May :-)
Do you have Global Entry? If not, do you plan on joining? Tell me!