What is Global Entry?

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.


How Does the Global Entry Program Work?

 At airports, program participants proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.

Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and interview before enrollment.

While Global Entry’s goal is to speed travelers through the process, members may be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions will result in appropriate enforcement action and revocation of the traveler’s membership privileges.



Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, Dutch citizens, and Mexican nationals. Canadian citizens and residents may enjoy Global Entry benefits through membership in the NEXUS program.


Reasons for Ineligibility

Applicants may not qualify for participation in the Global Entry program if they:

  • Provide false or incomplete information on the application;
  • Have been convicted of any criminal offense or have pending criminal charges or outstanding warrants;
  • Have been found in violation of any customs, immigration or agriculture regulations or laws in any country;
  • Are subjects of an ongoing investigation by any federal, state or local law enforcement agency;
  • Are inadmissible to the United States under immigration regulation, including applicants with approved waivers of inadmissibility or parole documentation;
  • Cannot satisfy CBP of their low-risk status (e.g. CBP has intelligence that indicates that the applicant is not low risk; CBP cannot determine an applicant’s criminal, residence or employment history); and/or;
  • Are subject to National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS) or other special registration programs.


How to Apply

It’s easy. Just follow the steps below:


Apply Online:

Fill out an online application and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee.


Schedule an Interview

Once your application is reviewed, you will receive a message in your GOES account instructing you to schedule an interview at one of the Global Entry Enrollment Centers.


Interview Determines Your Eligibility

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer will ask you questions, take your photo, and collect biometric information, e.g., scan your fingerprints.


Provide Identification

Bring your valid passport(s) and one other form of identification, such as a driver’s license or ID card to the interview. If you are a lawful permanent resident, you must present your permanent resident card.


Kiosk and Terminal Maps

We know when you arrive back in the United States after a long international flight, you just want to get home or to your connecting flight as quickly as possible. That’s why the Global Entry program was created for frequent international travelers. Automated U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry kiosks give you expedited U.S. access.

You’ll find the kiosks in most major U.S. airports, including Washington/IAD, Houston/IAH, New York/JFK, Los Angeles/LAX, and San Francisco/SFO.


For more information and to apply click here.