Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Global Entry: Frequent International Flyers Can Clear US Customs Faster

US Customs and Border Protection has a program called Global Entry and more airports have been added to the program for travelers returning to the US. Currently, special kiosks are at Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Dulles, JFK, Chicago and Los Angeles.

A Global Entry member goes to a kiosk and inserts their passport and has their fingerprints scanned. Standard Customs declaration questions are asked on a touch screen and the kiosk then issues a receipt to be handed to a Customs official in the inspection area.

The fee is $100 and is good for a 5 year membership. More information is available at any of the airports listed above or at www.globalentry.gov.

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