CBP Announces Expansion of Global Entry to Swiss Citizens
Citizens of Switzerland can begin to apply to the Trusted Traveler Program on February 1, 2017
WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Embassy in Bern announced today the expansion of Global Entry to citizens of Switzerland. Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveler Program, allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. Swiss citizens can begin applying for Global Entry on February 1, 2017 following clearance from the Swiss Federal Police. Switzerland becomes the ninth country overall whose citizens will be eligible to enroll in Global Entry.
“CBP is excited to expand our partnership with Switzerland and offer our flagship Trusted Traveler Program, Global Entry, to Swiss citizens,” said Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “Global Entry will help facilitate travel between our two countries, making the international arrivals process more secure, efficient and welcoming for Swiss visitors to the United States.”
Interested Swiss citizens must first submit a clearance application to the Swiss Federal Police. Following approval and beginning on February 1, 2017, Swiss citizens can apply for Global Entry through the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) website. The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100 and applications must be submitted online. Once the application is approved, applicants schedule an interview with a CBP officer at one of the more than 95 Global Entry enrollment centers located in the U.S. for a final eligibility determination.
“Having been a user of the Global Entry program for several years now, I personally know that business and leisure travelers alike will appreciate the efficiency and speed with which members can get through the port of entry,” said Ambassador Susan G. LeVine. “This will allow participating travelers from Switzerland to focus on their travel plans and reduce the time spent at passport control.”
Currently available at 52 U.S. airports and 15 Preclearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the international arrivals process at airports for trusted travelers. The more than 3.7 million Global Entry members bypass traditional CBP inspection lines and use an automated kiosk to complete their admission to the United States. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening program.
U.S. citizens, U.S nationals and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for Global Entry as well as citizens of certain countries with which CBP has trusted traveler arrangements, including Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Colombia and now Switzerland. Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in NEXUS may also use the Global Entry kiosks.
While the goal of Global Entry is to speed 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.
Visit CBP’s Global Entry website for more information on the Global Entry Program.