We have some good news!
Travel to the USA just got quicker and easier thanks to the newly rolled out Global Entry Program.
For UK passport holders, it will mean being able to sidestep the lines at Customs and Passport control and enter the USA via automatic kiosks. Britons will also be eligible for TSA Pre✓® at security, which means you will no longer need to remove your shoes, laptops and other items at security.
The process to register is simple and can be done online, by following this link. We do need to have a quick chat in person to complete your registration. This can usually be done when you are next at a U.S. airport, or mobile enrollment teams will be coming to the U.K. in early December and the New Year so you can complete your registration here instead.
What is Global Entry?
It is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the U.S. Members can enter the country through the automatic kiosks at airports. Membership also includes TSA Pre✓®.
What is TSA Pre✓®
Provides trusted travelers with expedited security screening so you don’t need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. More details can be found here
1. Complete your application with UK Border Force. This should take 5 minutes and you will need your passport and bank card.
2. Complete your application with US Customs and Border Protection. This will take a bit longer (around 30 minutes). You will need your passport, bank card and details of your employment, travel and address history for the past 5 years.
3. Attend your in-person interview. US Customs and Border Protection will let you know if you have been tentatively approved and invite you for an in-person interview.
How much will membership cost?
You will need to pay a one-time fee of £42 to UK Border Force which is non-refundable. Once approved by UK authorities, you will need to pay $100 for 5 year Global Entry membership to US Customs and Border Protection.
Can American citizens join?
Yes. American citizens do not need to complete the UK Border Force application and can jump straight to step two and pay just $100 for 5 year membership.