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How to Travel with Global Entry: A Comprehensive Guide
If you're a frequent traveler, you've probably heard of Global Entry - a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. With Global Entry, you can breeze through customs and immigration, saving you time and stress. But what exactly is Global Entry, and how do you use it? In this blog post, we'll walk you through everything you need to know to travel with Global Entry.
What is Global Entry?
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. It's designed to make the customs and immigration process faster and more efficient for frequent travelers. With Global Entry, you can skip the long lines at customs and use a kiosk to complete your immigration and customs formalities in a matter of minutes.
How to apply for Global Entry?
To apply for Global Entry, you need to submit an online application and pay a non-refundable fee of $100. The application process involves providing personal information, including your name, address, and employment details, as well as answering questions about your travel history and criminal record. After submitting your application, you'll be invited to attend an in-person interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center, where you'll be fingerprinted and have your photo taken.
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How to use Global Entry?
Using Global Entry is easy. When you arrive at a U.S. airport, look for the Global Entry kiosks. They're usually located near the regular customs and immigration lines. At the kiosk, scan your passport or U.S. permanent resident card and follow the prompts on the screen. You'll be asked to provide some basic information, such as your travel itinerary and the purpose of your visit. You'll also be asked to scan your fingerprints and take a photo. Once you've completed the process, you'll receive a receipt that you'll need to present to the customs officer along with your Global Entry ID card.
Tips for traveling with Global Entry
- Bring your Global Entry ID card with you when you travel. While it's not required, it can be helpful to have it as a backup in case there's a problem with the kiosk.
- Make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date. Global Entry is tied to your passport, so if your passport expires, you'll need to update your Global Entry profile.
- Always declare any items you're bringing into the U.S. Even with Global Entry, you still need to declare any items that are restricted or require duty.
- Keep your contact information up-to-date. If you change your address or phone number, make sure to update your Global Entry profile so that you can be contacted if there are any issues with your account.