Many of you frequent travelers that read this blog probably already know about Global Entry, but in case you don’t, or wanted to know a little more about it, I thought it may be beneficial to understand what the program offers US citizens. You may have noticed when arriving in the US that many immigration areas now have kiosks labeled Global Entry that people zip through the whole process in just a couple of minutes.
These individuals are a part of the Global Entry program, which is an US Customs and Border Protection program that provides an expedited process upon entering the United States from an international destination. Basically, by providing additional information and going through an interview process, you can be pre-approved to move through the much faster process.
What really made me think about going through the process was my travel back from Montevideo, Uruguay last month.
My friend that I was traveling with had gone through the Global Entry program and was through security in Miami in less than 5 minutes. Since we arrived very early in the morning with every other arrival from Latin America, it took me about 40 minutes to get through immigration. Now, this isn’t really a big deal, except if I had also been in the Global Entry program we would have had more time to spare and would have caught an earlier connecting flight from Miami back to Dallas. The 30 ish minutes that was saved was the difference between our bags being able to be checked through.
I know that giving further information to the government is a personal choice, but I thought it was a topic worth bringing up and considering if you travel internationally even a few times a year. For more information on the Global Entry process, visit How to Apply.
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