The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) organization’s Global Entry program allows pre-approved and low-risk travelers to receive expedited clearance when traveling into the United States from other countries.
With automated kiosks available at select airports, Global Entry members do not have to go through the full customs process upon arrival; rather, they need only present their machine-readable passports or US permanent resident card to the Global Entry kiosks. There, US travelers provide fingerprints for identity verification and complete an electronic customs declaration form before moving on to the baggage claim and airport exit.
Travelers within the Global Entry program are pre-approved by the CBP, where they must submit to a thorough background check and an in-person interview. Though Global Entry is aimed at speeding up the traveling process for international travelers, members may still be subject to additional security checks.
Members who violate the program’s terms and conditions are subject to the same bylaws and consequences as non-members, up to and including legal action and the revocation of the traveler’s Global Entry membership.
The Global Entry program is available for all US citizens and lawful permanent residents, as well as citizens of the following countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Panama, and South Korea. Global Entry is also available for Mexican nationals. Canadian citizens and residents searching for Global Entry benefits should register with the NEXUS program.
Individuals seeking Global Entry may become ineligible if they:
In addition, Global Entry applicants who are under the age of 18 must provide proof of consent from a parent or legal guardian. Applicants must also possess either a machine-readable passport or a U.S. permanent resident card.
To apply for Global Entry, you must fill out an online form on the Global Online Enrollment System, or GOES.
Global Entry members must declare all goods that they bring into the United States from another country with the CBP. Global Entry members can do so through the Global Entry kiosks once they arrive at the airport. When checking in at a kiosk, you do not have to fill out a printed version of the customs declaration form.
Items that must be declared include the following:
On your CBP declaration form, state what you paid for the item (in US dollars) including all taxes. If the item was a gift or you did not purchase it yourself, estimate the cost and put that value in the corresponding slot.