U.S. Customs and Border Protection Expands Global Entry

By Jesse Sokolow on 14 August 2013
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A Qatar aircraft on the runway

A Qatar aircraft

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced that it expanded eligibility for its Global Entry international trusted traveler program on August 9.  Eligibility for the program has been increased to include citizens of South Korea who are participants in the Smart Entry System (a trusted traveler program in that country) and a limited number of citizens of Qatar..

The CBP had previously opened up Global Entry to small numbers of German and U.K. citizens and is opening up enrollment to a limited number of citizens of those countries who are not yet enrolled.

The Global Entry Program gives pre-approved, low-risk participants expedited entry into the U.S. using Global Entry kiosks located at most major U.S. airports.

In the future, the CBP expects to expand eligibility to include all citizens of Germany, Qatar, and the United Kingdom who otherwise satisfy the requirements for participation in the Global Entry Program.  Currently, eligibility for participation in the program is limited to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, Mexican nationals, and certain eligible citizens of the Netherlands.

Applicants who have been convicted of a criminal offense or have been found in violation of customs or immigration laws or any criminal laws are typically ineligible for Global Entry, as are individuals who the CBP believe pose a potential risk of terrorism or criminality.

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