US expands Global Entry trusted traveller programme to UK low-risk travellers
3rd November 2015
At the World Travel Market (WTM), the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner (CBP) R. Gil Kerlikowske announced the expansion its partnership with the United Kingdom by making the CBP’s Global Entry Programme accessible to UK citizens. Through this cooperation, UK low-risk travellers can register for Global Entry from 3rd December 2015, which makes it easier to travel between the two countries and can reduce passport control waiting times by up to 70 percent. At the same time, US citizens can apply for the UK’s Registered Traveller Service.
What is Global Entry?
Global Entry is a CBP Trusted Traveller Programme, which allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival in the US. The programme allows members to enter the US through automatic kiosks at 46 airports and 13 preclearance locations in the US. The Global Entry Trusted Traveller Programme streamlines the screening process at airports for so-called trusted travellers. Also, Global Entry members are eligible to take part in the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening programme.
What is the Registered Traveller Service?
The Registered Traveller Service is the United Kingdom’s trusted traveller programme currently available to nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or the US.
How can you register and apply for Global Entry?
To register for Global Entry, UK citizens will have to apply through the UK Home Office website. Once you have passed the UK vetting, you will receive a “UK Access Code,” which you will have to enter when applying for Global Entry via the CBP’s Global Online Enrollment System (GOES). Applications for a five-year Global Entry membership must be made online. Once your application is approved, a CBP officer will conduct a scheduled interview with you and then make a final eligibility determination.
How much does it cost?
Travellers applying for “Global Entry” will be charged a £42 processing fee. A non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100, which is about £65.
Eligible travellers applying for the UK’s “Registered Traveller Service” will have to pay £70 application fee for year 1. However, should your application be unsuccessful you will receive £50 back.
However, although the Global Entry Trusted Traveller Programme aims to speed up the process for travellers, no traveller or Global Entry member is guaranteed expedited screening and may have to undergo further examinations when entering the US, according to the CBP.
- For full information and to apply for Global Entry trusted traveller programme, please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry.
- For full information or apply for United Kingdom’s Registered Traveller Service, please visit https://www.gov.uk/registered-traveller
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