Global Entry Program

Expedited clearance and entry to the U.S. for registered travelers

The Global Entry Program allows biometrically registered and pre-authorized travelers belonging to certain nationalities to undergo passport control at so-called Global Entry Kiosks at selected U.S. airports and thus pass through identity checkpoints at border crossings more quickly.

The Global Entry U.S. entry program is maintained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and it is currently reserved for previously approved, trusted citizens (low-risk travelers) from Germany, Great Britain, Colombia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, the United States as well as U.S. immigrants (lawful permanent residents). Canadian citizens who participate in the NEXUS program can also take advantage of the Global Entry program (e.g., pass through a Global Entry Kiosk). 

 

Entry Requirements

Those who would like to register for the Global Entry Program must first undergo a thorough security check and an interview and pay a fee of USD 100 for inclusion in the program.  There is currently no prescribed minimum number of entries into the United States in order to participate.

 

Period of Validity

Currently, the Global Entry Program is valid for five years.

 

Application Process

German citizens can officially participate in the Global Entry Program due to its expansion, take advantage of the automated and biometrics-based border control process, and thus pass through simplified border checkpoints.

Step 1: Using the new EasyPASS automated border control system  

Those who want to participate in Global Entry must first use the EasyPASS border control system. EasyPASS can be found at the six busiest passenger airports in Germany (Berlin-Tegel, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Cologne/Bonn, and Munich). It replaces the automated biometrics-based border control (ABG) system. The system will transmit your data to the EasyPass RTP database of the German Federal Police. You can also use Global Entry, since it performs the same function. In order to participate in EasyPASS, you must have an electronic passport (e-passport) with a radio frequency chip or a new ID card in credit card format, among other things.     

Step 2: Registration with Global Entry

  1. German nationals can complete a police preliminary inspection (precheck) at a service office of the German Federal Police by presenting a valid biometric passport (e-passport) without an appointment. This precheck is good for the Berlin-Tegel, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg or Munich airports.
  2. After completing the precheck, the German Federal Police will forward the individual applicant’s data to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Only then is a Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account created, which allows the applicant to fill out an online form. 
  3. Next, you must pay an application fee of USD 100.00 per person.
  4. Once your application has been processed, you will be prompted to schedule an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center (appointments are made online).
  5. If the applicant will be entering the the United States for the first time, they must also schedule an interview appointment with an Enrollment Center at the relevant U.S. airport. Only after all these steps are completed will the applicant receive official confirmation that they are enrolled in the Global Entry program by e-mail, and they will also receive a confirmation sticker in their passport.

 

How the Global Entry Program works

Upon arrival at a U.S. airport, program participants will scan their machine readable passports or permanent resident card (Green Card) at the designated Global Entry Kiosks, scan their fingertips to check their fingerprints against the database, and provide their customs declaration. In addition, a digital photo will be created. Then the traveler receives a receipt with further instructions and is led either to the baggage claim area or to a U.S. border official.

 

Visa as opposed to Global Entry

Participants in the Global Entry Program must have a valid U.S. visa in order to be able to continue to enter the U.S. (insofar as they do not qualify for visa-free travel), as the Global Entry process only serves to accelerate the entry procedure and does not replace any entry and residence permit. Please note that certain visa categories cannot be used together with Global Entry. Those who enter without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program must have a valid ESTA clearance.  

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provides additional information about this issue on its official Global Entry website.