Global Entry Now at Eight Canadian LocationsJune 26, 2012 By: Newswire Travel Agent
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) service reports that all eight preclearance airports in Canada now have Global Entry kiosks. The newest kiosks were installed at Edmonton International Airport in Edmonton, Alberta.
Global Entry allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers the ability to bypass the traditional CBP inspection process and use automated kiosks to expedite their entry into the U.S.
“Having this alternative in the preclearance environment allows travelers to be processed faster, before they even board an aircraft,” said CBP Acting Assistant Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “Global Entry also allows CBP officers to focus on those who may pose a higher risk.”
Over the last year, CBP installed Global Entry kiosks at its preclearance locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg as part of the integration of the Global Entry and NEXUS Trusted Traveler programs. Interested Canadian citizens and permanent residents must enroll in the NEXUS program in order to receive Global Entry benefits.
In addition to Global Entry members, travelers currently enrolled in NEXUS can begin using the kiosks immediately if their fingerprints and documents are on file with CBP.
Applications for Global Entry or NEXUS must be submitted online using the CBP Global Online Enrollment System (GOES). A non-refundable fee of $100 is also collected via the website for a five year membership in Global Entry. Applicants must then complete an in-person interview at any of the enrollment centers, at which time fingerprints are collected. Current NEXUS members who need to register their fingerprints and documents to participate in Global Entry can do so at any Trusted Traveler enrollment center.
Preclearance offers a convenience to travelers arriving in the U.S. by completing all customs, immigration and agriculture inspections prior to arriving at a U.S. port of entry. When pre-cleared passengers arrive in the U.S., they can use domestic terminals and/or connect to their domestic flights without further processing, CBP says.