How to Speed Through Immigration Lines While Abroad
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How to Speed Through Immigration Lines While Abroad

Germany's Easypass
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Germany's Easypass
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You know how to speed through immigration at home—but did you know that there are ways to zip across foreign borders, too? A number of countries have expediting programs similar to Global Entry, and many let U.S. citizens sign up. Here’s how to skip the line.

Australia and New Zealand | Smartgate

Who can use it: U.S. citizens 16 and older for Australia; 12 and up for New Zealand.

What you get: Instead of being screened in person, you scan your passport at an automated portal and give the resulting receipt to customs after baggage claim.

How to enroll: No preregistration required: just look for the SmartGate signs.

What it costs: Free.

 

Dubai | Smart Gate

Who can use it: All U.S. citizens.

What you get: Join to bypass traditional immigration lines for an automated entryway. Step in, scan your passport, and have your facial features matched to the ID to activate the doors.

How to enroll: Register at an airport immigration office.

What it costs: Free.

 

Germany | Easypass

Who can use it: U.S. citizens 18 and over.

What you get: Members can skip immigration booths at Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich airports and head to eGates to scan their passports for entry.

How to enroll: Apply at a German Federal Police center; there are locations in Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport.

What it costs: Free.

 

Mexico | Viajero Confiable Mexico

Who can use it: U.S. citizens who are Global Entry members.

What you get: Expedited entry via automated kiosks at airports.

How to enroll: Apply online and schedule an in-person interview, at which you’ll be fingerprinted and photographed.

What it costs: About $80 for five years.

 

The Netherlands | Privium

Who can use it: U.S. citizens who are Global Entry members.

What you get: This program offers speedier border and security passage at the country’s largest airport, Amsterdam Schiphol. The Plus level comes with priority parking, access to a members’ lounge with free Wi-Fi and snacks, and business-class check-in with more than a dozen airlines.

How to enroll: Apply online or in person at Schiphol; you’ll be asked to come in for a retinal scan, which will be used to confirm your identity at entry kiosks.

What it costs: About $130 a year for the Basic plan; about $220 for Plus.

 

South Korea | Smart Entry Service

Who can use it: U.S. citizens who have Global Entry and are at least 17 years old.

What you get: Use of electronic gates at Incheon, Gimpo, and Gimhae airports.

How to enroll: Apply on the Global Entry website. If approved, you have six months to visit an enrollment center in Korea.

What it costs: $100 for five years.

 

United Kingdom | Registered Traveller

Who can use it: U.S. citizens 18 and over who have visited the U.K. at least four times in the past year, or have a visa.

What you get: Use of express entry lanes at nine British airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick, as well as at Eurostar terminals in Brussels, Paris, and Lille, France.

How to enroll: Apply online.

What it costs: About $100.

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