Global Entry is a US Trusted Traveler Program offered by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and administered by US Customs & Border Protection (CBP). This program allows pre-approved members to use expedited lanes to go through US Customs when re-entering the US from abroad.
Global Entry members are also eligible for TSA Precheck, another US Trusted Traveler Program offered by DHS and administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). TSA Precheck allows members to use expedited lanes for TSA screening at participating airports. Members do not need to remove shoes, laptops, belts, 3-1-1 liquids and light jackets during screening.
Note: All travelers (including members of Global Entry & TSA Precheck) may be subject to additional TSA screening and/or processing through US customs at the discretion of DHS, CBP & TSA. Membership in US Trusted Traveler programs do not grant exemptions to additional screening or processing by the TSA or CBP.
How much does Global Entry cost and how long does it last?
The cost to enroll in Global Entry (which includes TSA Precheck) is currently $100 and membership is good for five (5) years. In comparison, the cost to enroll in TSA Precheck by itself is currently $85 and membership is good for five (5) years. If you travel internationally, Global Entry is well-worth the additional $15.
Some credit card companies offer statement credits to help offset the cost of Global Entry and TSA Precheck application fees if you pay for the fees using eligible cards. The American Express Platinum card and Chase Sapphire Reserve card are two cards that offer this benefit as part of their card membership programs.
Are there eligibility requirements?
Yes. As eligibility requirements may be subject to change, please visit the link below for current eligibility requirements:
If I’m eligible, how do I apply?
First, you’ll need to setup a GOES account with US Customs & Border Protection. GOES stands for Global Online Enrollment System. You can access the current link to GOES in the “How to Apply for Global Entry” section of the US CBP website (see link below).
Once you setup a GOES account, you will need to complete an online application for Global Entry. You should set aside between 30-45 minutes to complete the entire online application. You’ll want your current, valid passport and state issued driver’s license/ID readily available. Read the information in the application carefully and complete ALL required sections truthfully and accurately. Be sure to review your entire application before submitting. If you provide false, inaccurate or incomplete information, your application can be denied. As this is a Trusted Traveler Program, CBP will conduct a thorough background check when they review your application for Global Entry.
When you have completed and thoroughly reviewed your application, you can submit it along with payment of the non-refundable $100 fee.
In our next post, Global Entry: A US Trusted Traveler Program – Part II, we will take a look at what happens after you submit your application for Global Entry.