Listen up, jetsetters. If you are a frequent traveler or young expat, US Customs has created the Global Entry system to speed up your airport time (we’re serious). Once admitted to the program, you are offered expedited clearance through customs in participating US airports & select other countries. Diplomatic immunity and 007 status not necessary!
Imagine if you could blow through the most tedious lines at the airport with a touch of your fingerprint & a scan of your passport. No, this isn’t a scene out of The Spy Who Loved Me, it’s a new trusted traveler program that could make your jetsetting ten times easier. So what is the process like, and is it comparable to CIA training? Not exactly. You won’t be asked to jump out of a plane or prove your allegiance by blood, but you will have to complete the following steps:
- A simple online application available at www.globalentry.gov.
- Payment of a $100 application fee.
- Submission to a background check.
- Completion of a short interview.
Your admission to the program is good for five years, and within that timeframe you can travel the world with ease. The program does not have a minimum amount of travel required for eligibility, and it does not guarantee that you will be exempt from a customs check. All members of Global Entry must answer declaration questions at the kiosk, and submit to a luggage scan if prompted.
If you are interested in learning more about this fantastic program (and let’s face it – what could be more James Bond that preferential airport treatment?), check out the information page provided by US Customs & Border Protection. If you are interested and eligible, create a Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) login here and fill out the global entry application directly from your account.
…didn’t the prospect of going through customs get 100x sweeter?