CBP’s Global Entry Pilot Program Reaches 100,000 Members

Washington - U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that the Global Entry

trusted traveler pilot program has reached the 100,000-member milestone.

Global Entry is a voluntary pilot program that streamlines the international arrivals process for

pre-approved travelers through use of self-service kiosks located at 20 major U.S. airports. The

pilot program is an alternative to regular passport-processing lines and currently reduces

average wait times by 70 percent. To date, Global Entry members have used the kiosks more

than 600,000 times.

“Global Entry is an excellent example of our efforts to securely facilitate international travel by

expediting trusted travelers,” said CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin. “We set a milestone to reach

100,000 members before the end of the year, and I’m very proud that we have reached that

goal and increased the program’s membership by approximately 300 percent over the last


Global Entry is available to U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents who are able to

pass an intensive background check. Citizens of the Netherlands may also apply under a special

reciprocal arrangement that links Global Entry with the Privium program in Amsterdam.

Applications to Global Entry first must be submitted online at ( globalentry.gov ) . A fee of $100

also is collected via the website for a five-year membership. Applicants must then complete an

interview and fingerprint data collection in person at any of the 20 airport sites.

Once enrolled in the pilot program, Global Entry members may proceed directly to the kiosks in

the international arrivals area upon arrival in the U.S. At the kiosk, members insert their

passport or lawful permanent resident card into a document reader, provide digital fingerprints

for comparison with fingerprints on file, answer customs declaration questions on the kiosk’s

touch-screen, and then present a transaction receipt to CBP officers before leaving the

inspection area.

For a complete list of available locations, pilot program requirements and eligibility, or more

information on other CBP trusted traveler programs, please visit. ( globalentry.gov ) or (

cbp.gov/travel ) .

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of

Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's

borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and

terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.