On Nov 19, 2009, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the publication of new proposed rule that would establish the Global Entry Program as a permanent program.
The Global Entry Program uses biometric identification and expedites clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers into the United States.
It is currently available as a pilot program at 20 U.S. international airports. According to the CBP, entry wait times are reduced by up to 70% for Global Entry participants.
Global Entry is open to citizens of the United States and lawful permanent residents of the United States, and it’s 27,000 members have logged in around 100,000 entries.
They’re also said to be mulling bilateral registered traveler program agreements with other nations including the United Kingdom, Germany and Mexico, so as to allow secure foreign travelers to use Global Entry. The U.S. already has such an arrangement with the Netherlands, which uses a similar program called Privium in Amsterdam.
The move was applauded by Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, who commented that ”A continued commitment to implementing world-class travel technology, efficiency and customer service will help the United States to attract millions of new visitors.”
At Global Entry kiosks, members insert their passport or lawful permanent resident card into a document reader, provide digital fingerprints for comparison with fingerprints on file, answer customs declaration questions on the kiosk’s touch-screen, and then present a transaction receipt to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers before leaving the inspection area.
The proposed rule announced on Nov 19 would end the current pilot and make Global Entry permanent—allowing CBP to expand the program to additional U.S. international airports, and ramp up public relations and cooperative partnerships with private industry. CBP aims to enroll 50,000 additional participants for Global Entry in 2010.
For more information about this and CBP’s other Trusted Traveler programs, visit www.globalentry.gov/