Designed for frequent international travelers, the Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program is operational in 20 U.S. airports, including Seattle. Pre-approved travelers expedite entry and by-pass the usual immigration/passport control lines using a 4-question kiosk check-in and taking the machine-produced receipt directly to the expedited customs exits. The average time at the kiosk is under one minute.
U.S. Citizens may apply online at www.globalentry.gov. Once U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reviewed the application, an in-person interview is required for photo and fingerprinting. A valid passport and one other form of identification are also required. The interview concludes with a demonstration on using the automated entry kiosk.
Cost: $100 non-refundable processing fee, valid for 5 years.
Timing: Approximately 2 weeks total time from online application to interview.
Group interview is available: For corporations with 15 or more international travelers enrolling in Global Entry, CBP staff will arrange to conduct the in-person interview and processing at the corporation’s location.
Stellar Travel Co-President Susan Bluhm recently viewed the system and kiosk demonstration. Questions may be directed to her at email@example.com or www.globalentry.gov