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Travelers must meet Global Entry requirements in order to enroll in the program, as expedited customs processing is only available to qualifying, pre-screened members who are deemed a low security risk. For instance, all applicants must meet citizenship and identification requirements, and they must pass a criminal background check to enroll in the program. In most cases, applicants with a criminal history will not be eligible for program enrollment. Additionally, only citizens of certain Global Entry countries may enroll in the program, as not all nations participate. For instance, Colombians, Argentinians, Panamanians, Germans and citizens of other locations participating in Global Entry may enroll if they meet other eligibility requirements.

To meet Global Entry eligibility requirements, applicants must also provide the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with several important documents as part of the enrollment process. These documents include a U.S. passport, permanent resident card or valid visa. However, additional documents may be needed depending on the country in which applicants reside. To learn more about these eligibility requirements, review the information below.

Who meets Global Entry requirements?

To qualify for Global Entry eligibility, applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Alternatively, they must reside in another country that participates in this trusted traveler program. Applicants must meet additional requirements for Global Entry if they are minors and wish to enroll in the program. If they are younger than 18 years of age, for instance, applicants must obtain consent from their parent or legal guardian before they may enroll.

While there is no minimum age requirement for enrolling in this trusted traveler program, a parent or legal guardian must accompany minors to their CBP eligibility interview.

However, the parent or legal guardian does not need to be enrolled in the program.
Note: Certain applicants who meet Global Entry eligibility requirements receive a membership card after enrolling in the program. These members include U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents and Mexican nationals. These cards can be used to enter the U.S. at sea or land ports, but they cannot be used as proof of enrollment when traveling by air or using an automated Global Entry kiosk.

Learn more about Global Entry requirements by downloading our in-depth program guide.

What are the participating Global Entry countries?

In addition to the U.S., other Global Entry participating countries include Argentina, India, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and Mexico. However, citizens of these countries may need to meet additional eligibility requirements, depending on the country in which they reside.

To meet Global Entry eligibility in countries such as Korea, for instance, citizens must be at least 17 years of age. Additionally, all Korean citizens must enroll in the Smart Entry Service (SES) before they may apply for Global Entry. Citizens of Germany, however, must be at least 12 years of age to enroll in the program, as the country cannot perform background checks on residents who are younger than 12. Moreover, Mexican nationals need a passport and a visa to enroll in the program, while citizens of Germany, Switzerland and Taiwan must first clear themselves for enrollment.

To meet Global Entry eligibility in Taiwan, citizens must visit a local police department to obtain a criminal record certificate, while citizens of Germany must clear themselves by visiting an office of the Federal Police. Offices of the German Federal Police are available at the Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Berlin Tegel Airports. Citizens of Switzerland must submit an application to the Swiss Federal Police before they may apply for Global Entry benefits.

Which global entry documents are needed to prove eligibility?

To prove eligibility for Global Entry, applicants must submit proof of their citizenship status and one form of identification. As proof of citizenship, for instance, applicants must submit a valid passport or lawful permanent resident card (U.S. I-551). When submitting a Global Entry permanent resident card or passport, these eligibility documents must be readable by machine. Additionally, applicants must complete an in-person interview and undergo a background screening. Depending on the country in which applicants reside, they may need to submit a valid visa or additional documents as well.

Get more information on proving your eligibility in our comprehensive guide.

Who does not meet these Global Entry eligibility requirements?

If applicants do not meet Global Entry requirements, they cannot obtain expedited customs processing when traveling internationally. For instance, applicants with a criminal background will generally not qualify for enrollment in the program, as this traveling benefit is only available to low-risk individuals. Common reasons for Global Entry ineligibility may include:

  • Using false or incomplete information to apply for the program.
  • Outstanding warrants or pending criminal charges.
  • Prior violations of immigration, agricultural or customs regulations.
  • Ongoing investigations.
  • Being unable to enter the U.S. altogether.

Additionally, applicants may enroll in the program only if they are residents or citizens of a participating country. For instance, Canadians cannot enroll in the Global Entry program, but they may apply for NEXUS if they wish to receive expedited customs processing, as this program is available to lawful permanent residents and Canadian or U.S. citizens. Moreover, citizens of Australia and New Zealand are not eligible for enrollment in the Global Entry program.

Which Global Entry participating airlines can program members fly with?

If applicants meet Global Entry eligibility requirements, they may obtain expedited customs processing when flying with a participating airline. These participating airlines provide Global Entry members with TSA PreCheck benefits as well. For instance, participating airlines include the following:

  • Aeromexico
  • Air France
  • Aruba Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Emirates
  • InterCaribbean Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • World Atlantic

To fly with a Global Entry participating airline, travelers must present their lawful permanent resident card or U.S. passport whenever they use an automated kiosk, as Global Entry membership cards cannot be used for this purpose.

In addition to these Global Entry participating airlines, only certain airports use automated Global Entry kiosks. For instance, participating airports around the world include the Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA), Bermuda International Airport, Calgary International Airport (YYC), Dublin Airport (DUB), Grand Bahamas International Airport (FPO), Guam International Airport (GUM), Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Ontario International Airport (ONT) and the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG).

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.