One million people have been given the designation “trusted traveler” under its Global Entry program, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced last week.
Launched in 2008, Global Entry allows expedited entry into the United States for pre-approved, low-risk international travelers. Originally piloted at just three airports, it’s now available at 44 airports nationwide.
“I commend the commitment and efforts of CBP and our government and industry partners who have made Global Entry the success that it is today,” CBP Acting Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski said in a statement. “Global Entry is a vital part of CBP’s efforts to maximize resources to facilitate the thousands of travelers that enter the country every day while enhancing border security at airports.”
In order to qualify for Global Entry, applicants must complete and submit an online application and pay a non-refundable $100 application fee. The application process includes an in-person interview with a CBP officer during which applicants answer questions, have their photo taken and provide biometric information, such as fingerprints.
“America’s travel community congratulates CBP on its important success,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “Global Entry works. It simultaneously improves security and efficiency and should be expanded by making travelers from more countries eligible for enrollment.”
According to CBP, more than 820,000 people entered the United States using Global Entry kiosks during the most recent peak travel season, up 75 percent from the same season in 2012. Many of them were business travelers and meeting attendees.
“Global Entry — a million members and still growing — is a success story for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and business travelers,” said Global Business Travel Association Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick. “Low-risk, high-frequency international business travelers are the perfect fit for quick, secure customs clearance on arrival at U.S. airports and at pre-clearance airports. That means one less travel hassle for these busy road warriors and one more win for the nation’s economy. Innovative trusted traveler programs like Global Entry that encourage, rather than discourage, business travel to the United States are essential to our ability to compete in the global marketplace.”
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