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Global Entry for German Citizens

How to Apply for Global Entry:

Citizens of Germany must be cleared by both USCBP and the German Federal Police to receive Global Entry benefits.   Beginning October 6, 2020 citizens of Germany, excluding United States Lawful Permanent Residents, must initiate the Global Entry application process by submitting an online application through the Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) website.  Once properly submitted, a membership ID/PASSID number will be generated for each GE account.  At this stage, applicants are required to provide the PASSID number to the German Federal Police as part of the mandatory background check - German Federal Police will not conduct background checks for interested GE participants who do not have a PASSID. German Federal Police locations are located at: Frankfurt Airport (Terminal 1, Hall A, Level 2); Munich Airport (Terminal 2, Level 4, Room 4479); Hamburg Airport (Terminal 2, Level 1); Dusseldorf Airport (Central building, departure level); and Berlin Tegel Airport (Terminal C).

Application Process:

1. Apply online: complete a TTP online application and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee.

2. Visit one of the five German Federal Police locations listed above and complete the German background process.

3. Schedule an Interview with CBP: Once your application is reviewed and cleared by both the United States and the German Federal Police, you will receive an email in your TTP account instructing you to schedule an interview at one of the Global Entry enrollment centers or at a temporary location designated for Global Entry interviews.  Applicants can also complete the interview upon arrival into the United States via Enrollment on Arrival (EoA).  No appointment is required for the EoA process. Additional information regarding EoA is available on the Enrollment on Arrival website.

4. Eligibility will be determined at your interview: a U.S. Customs Border Protection officer will review your documents, ask you questions, take your photo and scan your fingerprints.

5. Provide Identification: Bring your valid passport(s) and one other form of identification, such as a driver's license or ID card to the interview. If you are a lawful permanent resident, you must present your permanent resident card.


Note: Applicants must provide a membership ID/PASSID number to the German Federal Police to prompt the German Federal Police to complete the background check process.


Maintaining Global Entry Membership:

Membership in the Global Entry program is valid for five years, but is contingent upon the member being reevaluated a second time within two years. After the second year of Global Entry membership, German citizens must be cleared again with the German Federal Police at one of the EasyPASS enrollment centers in Germany.  If a member fails to clear Global Entry again with the German Federal Police within the allotted time, the membership will be terminated.  To continue receiving Global Entry benefits, a renewal application must be submitted through the TTP website within one year of program expiration, and another clearance from the German Federal Police must be obtained.  


Other Benefits:

Once a German citizen is enrolled in Global Entry, he/she will also be eligible to participate in TSA PreCheck. Visit the TSA PreCheck program website for more information.


Travel Requirements:

All German Global Entry members must possess a valid passport and Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or a valid visa. Global Entry members who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. lawful permanent residents must maintain current visa/ESTA information with CBP. If a Global Entry member obtains a new visa, or obtains a new petition for a work visa, the member must notify CBP in-person at a Global Entry Enrollment Center of this change. A member must visit an enrollment center to have CBP document in their profile when a new visa has been obtained and/or update any changed visa information. If the visa information is incomplete or not properly updated with CBP, the Global Entry kiosk may incorrectly determine the member’s class of admission and admission date. A member must visit an enrollment center in-person to add or update any visa information.

Last modified: 
October 6, 2020