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Global Entry for German Citizens

How to Apply for Global Entry:

In order to apply for Global Entry, German citizens must first be cleared by the German Federal Police. German Federal Police locations are found 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). Please inform the German Federal Police that you would like to apply for Global Entry.

Once a German citizen is cleared for Global Entry by the German Federal Police, the German applicant can apply for Global Entry through the Trusted Travelers Program (TTP) website

Application Process:

  1. Apply Online: Complete a TTP online application and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Schedule an Interview: Once your application is reviewed, you will receive a message 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.
  3. Interview Determines Your Eligibility: A U.S. Customs Border Protection officer will ask you questions, take your photo, and collect biometric information, for example, scan your fingerprints.
  4. 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: If an applicant does not clear with the German Federal Police prior to applying through the TTP website, the Global Entry application will not be processed.

Maintaining Global Entry Membership:

Membership in the Global Entry program lasts for five years, but is contingent upon the member being cleared a second time within two years. After the second year of Global Entry membership, German citizens will have to clear again for Global Entry with the German Federal Police at one of the EasyPASS enrollment center in Germany.  CBP will notify the member, via email, when it is time to clear again. If a member fails to clear again for Global Entry with the German Federal Police within the allotted time, the membership will be terminated.  After the initial five years, a renewal application will have to be submitted through the TTP website, and another clearance from the German Federal Police will be required.   

Other Benefits:

Once a German citizen is enrolled in Global Entry, they 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 have 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 updated visa 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. A member must visit an enrollment center to have CBP add visa and/or update visa information. If the visa information is incomplete or not properly updated with CBP, the Global Entry kiosk may incorrectly calculate the member’s Class of admission and admission date. A member must visit an enrollment center in-person to add or update visa information.

Last modified: 
April 24, 2018