Imagine an airport with no lines.
While this might sound like a fantasy, there is a way to get through an airport with minimal waiting. For $100, Global Entry allows you to skip security lines, avoid taking off your shoes and pulling out your liquids and laptops, and get to your gate quickly — and it's good for five years.
Additionally, people with Global Entry access can also expedite customs on their way back into the U.S. when flying internationally.
Typically, applying for Global Entry is a relatively easy process. In the past, people had to fill out paper forms, but now the process can be done online or at kiosks in the airport. To be eligible, travelers need a U.S. passport or a permanent resident card, and you cannot have previously violated any customs or immigration laws. There’s also an interview portain for potential applicants. Applications are accepted or denied within a couple of days.
However, in preparation for longer lines, especially on international flights, the Customs and Border Protection office has kicked off a new program to help travelers get Global Entry even faster.
The program, which is called Enrollment on Arrival, is now at San Francisco International, Houston Bush Intercontinental, Houston Hobby, Austin Bergstrom and Vancouver International, and will expand to more airports in the months to come, according to Travel Skills.
Now, instead of waiting around for a CBP interview, people who have been conditionally approved for Global Entry now finish the interview portion during a CBP primary inspection at the airport.
“Upon arrival, travelers will be directed to a primary booth designated specifically for Enrollment on Arrival,” the CBP said. “A CBP officer will conduct both the primary processing and Global Entry interview and collect the traveler’s biometrics to complete the enrollment. The traveler will then be cleared for entry into the United States and will be a Global Entry member.”
More information on how to apply for Global Entry can be found on the CBP website.