Baltimore CBP Opens Global Entry Enrollment Center
BALTIMORE—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) opened the doors of their Global Entry Enrollment Center Tuesday welcoming 20 new members into the trusted traveler program.
Global Entry is a CBP program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports. CBP at BWI installed their first two Global Entry Kiosks on November 13, 2012.
"CBP steadfastly enforces the laws of the United States while fostering our Nation's economic security through lawful international trade and travel," said Ricardo Scheller, CBP port director for the port of Baltimore. "Global Entry is a successful program that benefits both CBP and the travelling community by potentially giving trusted travelers a much shorter entry process allowing us to focus our resources and efforts on travelers we know less about."
Global Entry operates at 34 U.S. airports and 10 preclearance locations that collectively serve 97 percent of international travelers arriving to the United States.
In order to become a member of Global Entry, interested travelers must volunteer upfront for an intensive background investigation including a fingerprint check and interview with a CBP officer.
Applicants must possess a machine-readable U.S. passport or permanent resident card, pay a non-refundable $100 application fee which is good for a five year period, and complete an interview at a CBP enrollment center.
"Global Entry is an important initiative that helps provide a convenient, efficient international travel experience for our customers," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, Chief Executive Officer of BWI Marshall Airport. "Our travelers can now complete the enrollment process right here at BWI Marshall."
There are additional advantages and incentives for membership in Global Entry. Members are eligible to participate in other CBP trusted traveler programs, as well as the Transportation Security Administration's Pre-Check passenger expedited screening program.
Read more information on CBP's trusted traveler programs.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.