BOSTON — The holidays can be stressful and adding international travel can be overwhelming, there are, however, a few things you can do to ease those concerns and make your holiday travel as fast and stress-free as possible.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Boston urges all travelers to familiarize themselves with CBP’s travel and border crossing tips and to sign up for one of its Trusted Traveler Programs to expedite your international arrival.
Additionally, CBP is announcing the opening of two new temporary Global Entry Enrollment Centers. One in downtown Boston that is now open, and one at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut opening in December, as well as expanded hours at many facilities including the latest, Warwick, R.I.
“An informed and prepared traveler is key to getting people through our ports of entry in an expeditious manner,” said Boston Director of Field Operations William A. Ferrara. “Knowing the rules and regulations as well as being a member of one of our Trusted Traveler Programs like Global Entry is the best way to facilitate your entry into the U.S.”
The Global Entry Program provides expedited clearance for pre-approved low-risk international travelers and members of these programs can expect expedited processing when entering the United States using automated kiosks at airports. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™, the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited security program.
The new Global Entry Enrollment Center in Boston is located in the Thomas P. O’Neill Federal Building, open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open exclusively to Trusted Traveler Program applicants who have applied for membership through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) and have had their applications conditionally approved. Conditionally approved applicants can now schedule or change their previously scheduled interview to the Tip O’Neill Enrollment Center through the GOES website.
All travelers are urged to have the proper travel documents, declare all goods and to be aware of prohibited items. Visit the Know Before You Go section of the CBP website for additional information and tips on clearing CBP.