Do you love to travel, but the thought of the TSA security lines and the long waits at US Immigration and Customs are holding you back? I have a great tip to simplify your life – and it’s called Global Entry.
The process to enroll is simple and easy. Whenever you travel by air, you can use the TSA PreCheck lines at security which move so much quicker because you are not required to strip (belts, jewelry and even shoes can stay where they belong!) or remove your laptop and toiletry baggie from your carry-on luggage. Then, if you are traveling Internationally, you can bypass the long lines at Passport control upon your return to the U.S. and simply scan your passport at a Global Entry kiosk, which also checks fingerprints and takes a very flattering “selfie”. If you are cleared, a receipt prints and you can simply flash it to an immigration officer as you walk briskly to claim your luggage and head home.
The application process is very easy and fast. You fill out the online application, pay the $100 fee (good for 5 years and reimbursed by some high-level credit cards) and within a few days, you should receive an email inviting you to set up an appointment at the closest participating airport. There is quite a wait for appointments, some as short as 3 weeks, and some take a few months. If your appointment is a few months out, keep checking the system throughout the day for cancellations to get a sooner appointment. I know there are some locations that also take walk-in appointments, so call ahead and see if that is an option for you if you are in a time crunch. On the day of the appointment, you take your Passport, Driver’s License and approval letter to the Global Entry office and have a 10-minute interview with an agent. They will ask a few questions about past travels, take your fingerprints and that's it! Your official approval card should come in the mail in another week or two. EASY-PEASEY!
Are you ready to simplify YOUR life and become a member of the Global Entry elite? The link to get started is: http://www.globalentry.gov/howtoapply.html
We’d love to help you plan that first getaway to try out your new perks.