As both domestic and international travel begin to fully reopen, travelers will see more travel operations follow suit. The first to begin phasing back in were passport services. Now, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has announced that Global Entry enrollment will return on July 6th.
Here’s what you need to know.
What is Global Entry?
Global Entry is a program that provides preapproval for low-risk travelers to receive much faster through security clearance when they arrive at a U.S. airport after traveling internationally.
Once you land, you’ll head to a Global Entry kiosk with your passport or permanent resident card, then place your fingers on a digital scanner. After you’ve self-scanned and been identified, you’ll receive a receipt, leaving you free to head to baggage claim or exit the airport.
Being okayed for the Global Entry program requires an extensive background check and an in-person interview (which can also be done at the airport). It costs $100 as a one-time payment, and the fee is non-refundable if you are not approved.
Here’s a list of airports that offer Global Entry kiosks.
New Yorkers cannot apply
The Trump Administration has prohibited New Yorkers from enrolling in any “expedite upon arrival” programs, including Global Entry. These restrictions are a response to New York’s “Green Light Law,” which allows undocumented people to obtain a driver’s license. The Green Light Law also prohibits the Department of Motor Vehicles from sharing data with federal authorities without a court order.
If you are one of the nearly 80,000 New Yorkers with a pending application for expedited travel programs such as Global Entry, it will be denied.
If you have been recently approved on a condition, you will now be able to complete your in-person interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center. These appointments must be scheduled in advance through your Trusted Traveler’s Program account. This is also known as “Enrollment on Arrival.”
Here’s what you need to have with you, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
- A valid passport. If you travel using more than one passport, please bring them all to the interview so that the information can be added to your file. This provides you with the ability to use multiple passports at the Global Entry kiosk.
- Documents providing evidence of residency. Examples include a driver’s license (if the address is current), a mortgage statement, a rental payment statement, a utility bill, etc. These documents are not required for minors.
- A permanent resident card. (If applicable).
Social distancing measures
As we are still living in the midst of a global pandemic, it only makes sense to ensure that those choosing to travel can do so as safely as possible. Therefore, social distancing measures have been put in place for Global Entry Staff and applicants as follows:
- Reduced appointment availability
- Staff will be required to wear agency-approved masks
- Applicants and visitors are required to wear face masks
- Sign-in sheets have been eliminated
- Reduced seating in waiting areas