Friday, April 8, 2011

Global Entry: a trusted traveler program

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) program that allows pre-approved travelers to speed through arrivals from international destinations by using automated kiosks. Not all U.S. airports have these special kiosks, but the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport does.

All travelers using this program must first apply and receive an interview before the CBP will approve them as trusted, low-risk travelers.

The program is intended for frequent international travelers, but any U.S. citizen, lawful permanent U.S. resident, Dutch citizen or Mexican national is eligible to apply. Other programs, such as the Fast Low Risk Universal Crossing (FLUX) into the Netherlands, are described here.

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