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Speedy Border Control: Global Entry Login Expedites Entry

by Uneeb Khan

Global Entry is a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Here’s how it works and the benefits of enrolling.   

What is Global Entry?   

Global Entry allows trusted travelers to pass through immigration using automated kiosks instead of waiting in the standard visa lines. After a thorough background check and in-person interview, members are issued a Known Traveler Number (KTN).    

Applying for Global Entry     

Apply through the CBP website. Requirements include:

• U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident   

• Clean criminal record          

• Valid passport       

• $100 application fee (covers 5 years of membership)      

The application process includes completing an online form, providing fingerprints, and attending an in-person interview with CBP at a U.S. airport. Following approval, a Global Entry ID card is mailed.

Benefits of Global Entry     

Members can use the Global Entry kiosks to:

• Scan both fingerprints and passport    

• Answer health and customs declaration questions

• Receive a transaction receipt   

• Proceed through customs without seeing an agent   

The result is significantly shorter wait times compared to regular immigration lines. Additional benefits include:

• Access to TSA PreCheck lines    

• Ability to fill customs forms online before arriving 

• No paper forms to fill out at the airport

• 5 years of membership   

And if you travel internationally frequently, the $100 fee is likely recouped from time saved waiting in lines.  

Registering For TSA PreCheck

While optional, enrolling in TSA PreCheck at the same time you apply for Global Entry further speeds up the airport process. Once approved for global entry renewal, you will automatically receive TSA PreCheck for no additional cost. PreCheck provides expedited screening through separate security checkpoints.    

Using Your Global Entry ID Number     

Your Known Traveler Number (KTN) begins with the digit 084 and should be entered when:     

• Purchasing airline tickets        

• Making hotel and car rental reservations

• Filling out any customs declarations forms   

Informing travel providers of your KTN ahead of time can trigger additional benefits like priority check-in, lounge access, and other perks.      

Logging Into Global Entry Kiosks   

Upon arrival at a U.S. airport, proceed to the Global Entry kiosks (marked with the blue flying man icon) before the standard customs lines. Scan your passport and place your finger on the fingerprint reader. Answer the declaration questions and obtain your transaction receipt to exit. A CBP agent may select travelers at random for further inspection.

Hope this overview of Global Entry helps understand the program and decide if applying is worthwhile for your travel needs. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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