Raleigh, N.C. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that the Global Entry program is fully operational at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).
"The Raleigh port of entry is very excited to offer Global Entry to our low-risk international travelers. It was very important to the local community, including the Research Triangle Park, to offer this valuable program that allows for expedited CBP processing at the Raleigh Durham International Airport, "said Matt Ragsdale, port director, CBP Port of Raleigh.
Global Entry is a quick and easy way for trusted travelers to get out of line, cut their average wait time by 70 percent and get an express pass through the U.S. international arrivals area. Announced as a pilot program in 2008, Global Entry was established as a permanent voluntary program this year and is now operational at 25 U.S. airports and seven Canadian preclearance sites.
U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for this trusted traveler program as well as citizens of certain countries with which CBP has reciprocal agreements, including Canada, Mexico and the Netherlands. Persons under the age of 18 who meet the general eligibility criteria and have the consent of a parent or legal guardian will be eligible to participate in Global Entry as well.
Applications must be completed and submitted on line through the Global On-line Enrollment System (GOES) at CBP.gov. A non-refundable $100 per person application fee is payable on-line at the time of the application and is good for five years. Application information will be reviewed by CBP and an initial background check will be conducted to make sure eligibility requirements are met to become a member of Global Entry. Participants are still subject to additional inspections at any time in the CBP process.
Global Entry members will also be eligible to participate in other programs including TSA Pre Check and the Fast Low Risk Universal Crossing (FLUX) program, available in Amsterdam. Additional information is available on the Global Entry website. (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.