Reopening for Global Entry, Trusted Traveler Enrollment Centers Postponed Until August
The original reopening date was July 6.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has postponed the reopening of enrollment centers for traveler programs, including Global Entry, until August 10.
The agency initially slated to open enrollment centers on July 6 but has delayed 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 are closely monitoring the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in several 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 Wednesday.
Anyone who has scheduled an interview before August 10 is instructed to reschedule online.
Global Entry, which allows travelers to go through a screening process in advance and skip the long customs line when reentering the U.S., was initially suspended on March 19 as COVID-19 spread through the country.
The enrollment centers, which process applications for Global Entry as well as other trusted traveler programs like SENTRI, will reopen for in-person interviews.
When offices do reopen, CBP personnel and applicants will be required to wear mask 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.