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CBP Opens Global Entry at San Antonio Airport

Release Date: 
September 6, 2012

San Antonio- Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection unveiled Global Entry kiosks at the international arrivals area of the San Antonio International Airport, August 29.

San Antonio International Airport is the newest of 28 airports nationwide with the Global Entry program. Most members using the Global Entry kiosks are processed for arrival into the U.S. in about a minute.

"The Global Entry program allows low-risk travelers to complete the customs declaration forms, verify their entry documents and identity at the kiosks while CBP officers focus on those passengers we know less about," said Jeffrey O. Baldwin, Sr., CBP director of Houston Field Operations.

International travelers enrolled in Global Entry who are returning to the U.S. through the San Antonio airport can bypass passport control lines to use CBP's automated self-service kiosk. The kiosk features include a camera, touch-screen monitor, fingerprint scanner, document reader, and receipt printer.

At the kiosk, Global Entry members will activate the system by inserting their passports or U.S. permanent resident cards into a document reader. The kiosk will direct travelers to provide digital fingerprints and will compare that biometric data with the fingerprints on file.

Global Entry travelers will be photographed and prompted to answer declaration questions on the kiosk's touch-screen. A transaction receipt will be issued upon completion which must be presented to CBP officers prior to leaving the inspection area.

There is no frequent flyer requirement to apply for the Global Entry program. Applications for enrollment are available through the Global Online Enrollment System. (GOES) An applicant must complete and submit an on-line application through GOES and pay a non-refundable application $100 fee. CBP will review the applicant's information and a background investigation will be conducted. To finalize the process, the applicant will be interviewed by a CBP officer at an enrollment center, and have their fingerprints captured. Upon approval, membership is valid for five years.

Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. legal permanent residents, and Mexican nationals. The program is also available to citizens of the Netherlands who are enrolled in the Dutch Privium program, and citizens of the Republic of Korea enrolled in the Korean SES program, Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in the NEXUS program may also use the Global Entry kiosks. Members of the CBP Trusted Traveler program, SENTRI, who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, can also use the Global Entry kiosks.

The Global Entry program began as a pilot program at George Bush Intercontinental, John F. Kennedy International, and Washington Dulles International airports on June 06, 2008. It became a permanent voluntary program on February 6, 2012. As of August 24, 2012, there are more than 400,000 Global Entry members who average about 5,000 kiosk uses per day.

More information about the Global Entry program is available on their site. (Global Entry)

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017