United States ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, and United States customs and border protection commissioner Gil Kerlikowski have announced the expansion of Global Entry to UK citizens at the World Travel Market in London.
Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveller Program, allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travellers.
UK citizens can register for Global Entry beginning December 3rd.
“Making it easier to get through the entry process has significant logistical appeal for travellers coming to the US,” said Christopher Thompson, Brand USA president.
“It places our country among the most visitor-friendly nations in the world.”
Thompson also said that visitors from the top-three source markets for inbound travel to the US – Canada, Mexico, and now the UK – are eligible to apply to CBP Trusted Traveller Programs.
And, with travellers from South Korea and Germany already eligible to apply, five of the top ten source markets are represented in these programs.
Currently available at 46 US airports and 13 preclearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the screening process at airports for trusted travellers.
The program has more than 2.5 million members enrolled now, and CBP receives approximately 70,000 new applications for Global Entry each month.
To register for Global Entry, UK citizens will apply through the UK Home Office website and pay a £42 processing fee.
If the applicant passes the UK vetting, they will receive a “UK Access Code,” which applicants will enter when applying for Global Entry through CBP’s Global Online Enrollment System.
The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100 and applications must be made online.
Once the application is approved, a CBP officer will conduct a scheduled interview with the applicant and then make a final eligibility determination.
Once enrolled, Global Entry members proceed to dedicated kiosks at their arrival airport, present their machine-readable passport, scan their fingerprints, and complete a customs declaration form.
The kiosk will then issue a transaction recipe to the traveller, directing the traveller to baggage claim and the exit.
Some members may still be selected for further examination.
Members of the Global Entry program may use Global Entry kiosks at any participating airport for a duration of five years.