U.S. Customs and Border Protection Launches Global Entry Mobile App

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has debuted a new Global Entry mobile app that will further enhance the travel experience of the programs more than 12 million members. The new app is currently available for trusted travelers enrolled in Global Entry to complete their arrival processing instead of waiting in line to use a portal.

How it works: With the new app, travelers simply take a “selfie,” which will be compared to a photo gallery to verify their identity through facial biometrics. After the photo has been submitted, the traveler will receive a receipt on the app. Once the traveler arrives to the primary inspection area, they can bypass the Global Entry portals and go directly to the CBP officers to process their entry into the United States by showing their mobile receipt.

The Global Entry Mobile Application will initially be available for use by travelers arriving at seven airports: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport. CBP will continue to evaluate and expand the use of the app at airports where Global Entry processing occurs in the future. 

The app is free and will be available for download from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Global Entry is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted Traveler Programs, and is used at land, air and sea ports of entry into the United States at all major airports and all Preclearance airports. All applicants undergo rigorous and recurring background checks and an in-person interview before initial enrollment. To maintain Global Entry members as low-risk travelers, any violation of the program’s terms and conditions will result in appropriate enforcement action and termination of the traveler’s membership privileges.

For more information on Global Entry and CBP’s Trusted Traveler Program, visit www.cbp.gov/global-entry.

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