NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today the addition of Global Entry kiosks to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Global Entry, a CBP trusted traveler program, provides expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers and currently accounts for an average of 9 percent of all international air arrivals.
“CBP is pleased to expand the Global Entry program to New Orleans, where international travel has more than doubled in the last two years,” said Vernon Foret, area port director. “Global Entry allows our officers to focus their efforts on unknown and potentially higher risk air travelers, while at the same time efficiently and securely facilitating low-risk travelers.”
Global Entry members bypass the traditional CBP inspection lines and use an automated kiosk to complete their admission to the United States. Travelers scan their passport and fingerprints, answer customs declaration questions using the kiosk’s touch screen and proceed with a receipt to the exit—the whole process takes only about one minute.
“We are pleased that CBP will now offer Global Entry to our passengers,” stated Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation at Armstrong International Airport. “We have seen great growth in our international flights and the addition of Global Entry will provide an increased level of customer service to our international passengers.”
With the addition of New Orleans, Global Entry kiosks are now located in 49 U.S airports and 13 Preclearance airports. These locations serve 99 percent of incoming travelers to the United States. Global Entry members also receive the added benefit of being pre-eligible to participate in TSAPre✓™, the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program.
More than 3.1 million members are enrolled directly in Global Entry and more than 4.6 million trusted travelers enjoy Global Entry benefits. The kiosks have been used more than 22 million times since the program began.
U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for Global Entry, as well as citizens of certain countries with which CBP has reciprocal agreements, including Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in NEXUS may also use Global Entry. Persons under the age of 18 who meet the general eligibility criteria must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian in order to apply.
Interested individuals may apply online at CBP’s Global Online Enrollment System. Applicants must possess a machine-readable U.S. passport or a machine-readable permanent resident card, pay a non-refundable $100 application fee, undergo a background investigation with fingerprint check, and complete an in-person interview with a CBP officer at one of the more than 90 Trusted Traveler enrollment centers. Global Entry membership is good for five years.
While the goal of Global Entry is to speed trusted travelers through the process, members may be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions will result in appropriate enforcement action and revocation of the traveler’s membership privileges.
Global Entry is part of a comprehensive strategy to optimize CBP’s current resources. CBP continues to explore automation, innovation, sustainable initiatives and trusted traveler programs to streamline the traveler inspection process. Automated Passport Control kiosks are located in 42 airports and CBP has rolled out Mobile Passport Control, the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s entry into the U.S., at 15 airports. CBP has enrolled more than 5 million travelers in trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. These programs allow CBP officers to process travelers safely and efficiently while enhancing security and reducing operational costs.
Visit CBP’s Global Entry website for more information on the Global Entry Program.