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A Global Entry membership is available to qualifying, pre-screened travelers under the Department of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As a program member, travelers receive benefits like expedited security screening when entering the U.S. by air, less time spent waiting in lines and more convenience overall. These benefits are especially useful for those who travel outside of the country on a regular basis. With a Global Entry card, international travel is often easier, less stressful and more enjoyable. However, travelers may only use these benefits at participating airports, and they must undergo a criminal background screening and in-person interview before they may qualify to enroll.

Additionally, members of the global reentry trusted traveler program automatically receive TSA PreCheck benefits as well, allowing them to obtain expedited security screening when departing from participating U.S. airports. To learn more about the benefits of enrolling in Global Entry, review the information below.

What is a Global Entry membership?

A global precheck membership provides qualifying, low-risk travelers with expedited security screening and customs processing when re-entering the U.S. from a foreign country. For instance, precheck global members can use automated airport kiosks when re-entering the U.S. by air or expedited processing lanes when entering the U.S. from Canada or Mexico by land. Additionally, members may use TSA PreCheck security lanes when traveling within the U.S. by airplane. After enrolling in this trusted traveler program, members receive these benefits for five years before they need to renew their membership.

Download our comprehensive guide for more detailed information about Global Entry.

Is Global Entry worth it?

With a Global Entry pass, qualifying program members can go through airport security more quickly after leaving an international destination and arriving back in the United States. Instead of waiting in lines, completing arrival forms and undergoing extensive security screening after an international flight, trusted travelers can use an automated kiosk to check themselves in at several Global Entry locations. For instance, participating airports include:

  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York (JFK)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)

As part of this trusted traveler program Global Entry also provides members with expedited airport security screening at many foreign airports around the world, in addition to TSA PreCheck benefits when flying within the United States. For instance, members may also enroll in the Australian Smartgate, Dutch FLUX, Korean SES, Mexican Viajero Confiable and the Panama Global Pass programs if they wish to expedite the process of entering these countries by airplane.

While Global Entry cards are meant to expedite customs processing, the CBP does not guarantee expedited security screening for all pre-approved travelers, as program members may need to undergo additional screening if necessary. Additionally, the CBP may suspend these TSA precheck international benefits at any time, especially if program members violate any terms, conditions or safety measures.

To help travelers determine whether or not a Global Entry card is right for them, they may use the interactive tool under the CBP?s website. This tool will help them find the best-trusted traveler program for their needs and qualifications. For instance, if travelers fly internationally more than domestically, this program will be a better fit than TSA PreCheck. However, TSA PreCheck may be a better solution for travelers who regularly fly within the U.S. but do not plan to travel outside of the country.

Learn about other benefits to the Global Entry program in our in-depth guide.

How to Use Global Entry

As a trusted traveler program, Global Entry expedites the customs process when qualified, pre-screened members enter the U.S. by air. Upon entering the country, travelers simply need to use a clearly marked airport kiosk to present a machine-readable Permanent Resident Card or U.S. passport, complete a customs declaration form and scan their fingerprints. However, a Global Entry card cannot be used as proof of eligibility at an automated airport kiosk, as passports or Permanent Resident Cards are the only types of acceptable documents.

After completing this process, Global Entry members will receive a receipt of their transaction, as this is needed to proceed to the baggage claim. If the receipt contains an ?X,? however, travelers must speak with a customs officer at a nearby passport control booth before they may proceed. If the receipt contains an ?O,? travelers must speak with a customs officer to discuss their declaration.

While Global Entry cards are not necessary to use these automated airport kiosks, travelers must present these credentials when entering the U.S. through NEXUS or SENTRI lanes. Generally, new participants receive a membership card within 10 days of joining this trusted traveler program. However, new members must activate their credentials within 30 days of receiving the membership card, or they will not be able to use SENTRI or NEXUS lanes when entering the U.S. by vehicle.

How can Global Entry members use TSA PreCheck lanes?

Global reentry members automatically receive access to TSA PreCheck lanes at participating U.S. airports, as long as their boarding pass permits them to do so. Therefore, members who wish to use PreCheck airport security lanes must enter an active PASS ID when booking their flight reservations, and this number will then be printed onto their boarding pass.

To find their PASS ID, PreCheck Global members may log into their online Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account, or they may refer to their Trusted Traveler membership card. When making flight reservations, members must enter their PASS ID in lieu of a known traveler number (KTN), as travelers cannot use PreCheck lanes without obtaining a PASS ID or KTN.

Who can use my Global Entry card?

All travelers need to enroll in Global Entry before they may use an automated airport security kiosk when re-entering the country. While children who are 12 years of age and younger may accompany a parent or legal guardian to TSA PreCheck lanes when traveling within the U.S., the same rules do not apply to international travelers who wish to re-enter the U.S. from a foreign country. Instead, only pre-screened travelers may use these automated kiosks when returning to the U.S.

Global Entry is a useful program for travelers who take international trips. Global Entry membership can save passengers time, while making a trip's departure and arrival experience more pleasant. GlobalEntryServices.org can help you understand how the Global Entry program works, so you can decide if membership is right for you. Additionally, you can download our guide for only . This convenient guide explains Global Entry eligibility requirements and walks you through the Global Entry enrollment process. Plus, we will let you know which airports offer Global Entry membership, so you can start enjoying hassle-free travel by your next trip.