I posted this originally in January of this year. Since then I’ve had to apply for the renewal of five more years of Global Entry; I will have my “interview” one month from today in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The reason it’s there is I will be heading out to speak on a cruise from there. I’d like to add a link to an article that I’ve vetted; it’s one that is quite comprehensive on the Global Entry program, and it’s one that I think you’ll find quite informative.
Please read through this great article from Alex and Erin Miller at UpgradedPoints.com: upgradedpoints.com/the-global-entry-program-from-application-through-airport/
Original Post: I don’t consider myself to be a “road warrior,” but I do a lot of travel, especially international travel. The best investment I’ve made for these travels is applying for Global Entry. Quoting the Global entry website, “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. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.”
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve zipped right past those long lines with weary travelers holding their Customs form as they return to the USA. I go to the Global Entry kiosk, insert my passport, scan my finger tips, and answer a few questions. That’s it. There’s even a special lane for exiting baggage claim once you have your luggage (of course, if you’re a seasoned traveler, you only have carry-on luggage).
I got a new passport this last year, and I’ve already used Global Entry five times with the new one.
BONUS: Once you have Global Entry, most airlines will allow you to use that as your basis for applying for TSA Pre-Check, those expedited lanes at the airports where you leave your shoes on, etc. It’s totally worth it! What are you waiting for — apply for Global Entry today!