The original reopening date was July 6.

By Alison Fox
Updated July 20, 2020
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has postponed the reopening of enrollment centers for traveler programs, including Global Entry, until September 8.

The agency initially slated to open enrollment centers on July 6 and then again on Aug. 10, but continues to delay the reopening due to a spike in coronavirus cases throughout the United States.

"The decision was made in consultation with CBP health and safety experts who continue to monitor the increase in COVID-19 cases across the United States. CBP’s highest priority is to ensure the health, safety and security of the American people," the agency explained in a press release shared with Travel + Leisure on Monday.

Anyone who has scheduled an interview before Sept. 7 is instructed to reschedule online.

While the centers are closed, applicants have 545 days from the date their application was conditionally approved to complete the enrollment process, according to CBP. Additionally, program benefits for those who are already enrolled and are seeking renewal will be extended for up to 18 months.

When offices do reopen, CBP personnel and applicants will be required to wear masks and the agency will reduce seating in waiting areas, install plexiglass barriers at service counters, and eliminate sign-in sheets. CBP also said it would stagger or reduce availability of appointments in an effort to promote social distancing.

Applicants will, however, still have to submit fingerprints as part of their interview process.

New Yorkers, on the other hand, were prohibited from applying for Global Entry in February and are still not eligible to take advantage of the reopened enrollment centers. The Department of Homeland Security stopped accepting applications from New Yorkers after the state passed a law that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license.

Enrollment centers did close during the start of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., but the agency’s Enrollment on Arrival program remains open. That program allowed conditionally approved applicants to complete the process if they were flying into a U.S. airport from an international flight.

While the enrollment centers may be reopening, the land border between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico remains closed for non-essential travel until at least July 21.