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Global Entry for Citizens of Switzerland

How to Apply for Global Entry:

In order to apply for Global Entry, citizens of Switzerland must first submit a clearance application to the Swiss Federal Police at a cost of CHF 100. Once a citizen of Switzerland is cleared by the Swiss Federal Police, he/she can apply for Global Entry through the Trusted Traveler Programs (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 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 Swiss 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. After the initial five years, a renewal application will have to be submitted through the TTP website, and another clearance from the Swiss Federal Police will be required.   

Other Benefits:

Once a citizen of Switzerland 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 Swiss 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