WASHINGTON— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announces that one million people have been given the designation of a ‘trusted traveler’ through the Global Entry program. The program, which was launched five years ago, provides arriving travelers with a quicker, more efficient and more secure entry process into the United States.
“I commend the commitment and efforts of CBP and our government and industry partners who have made Global Entry the success that it is today,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski. “Global Entry is a vital part of CBP’s efforts to maximize resources to facilitate the thousands of travelers that enter the country every day while enhancing border security at airports.”
Global Entry was launched on June 6, 2008, as a pilot program at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Washington’s Dulles International Airport and New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Currently, Global Entry services are available at 44 airport locations. During the most recent peak travel season, more than 820,000 crossings were made using Global Entry kiosks, a 75 percent increase from 2012.
In order to qualify, an applicant must complete and submit an on-line application through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES). For more information, visit cbp.gov/globalentry. In addition, Global Entry members who are U.S. and Canadian citizens also receive the benefits of TSA’s PreCheck program.
CBP continues to maximize resources to support a 12 percent growth in air arrivals since 2009. CBP is working to bring advances in technology and automation, such as I-94 automation and Automated Passport Control kiosks, to the passenger processing environment and exploring public-private partnerships to help support current and future mission requirements
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.