CBP Announces New Global Entry Mobile App to Improve Travel Experience

New Global Entry App

CBP Announces New Global Entry Mobile App

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that it is rolling out a new Global Entry Mobile Application, The agency says the app will further enhance the secure and efficient travel experience of more than 12 million Global Entry members. As of Sept. 19, the new app is available for trusted travelers enrolled in Global Entry to complete their arrival processing instead of waiting in line to use a portal.

“The new Global Entry mobile application leverages the latest technologies, in order to enhance security while further improving the travel experience for CBP’s trusted travelers,” said CBP’s Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy A. Miller.

With the new app, travelers simply take a photo as a “selfie,” which will be compared to a photo gallery to verify their identity through facial biometrics. After the photo submission, the traveler will receive a receipt on the app. Once the traveler arrives to the primary inspection area, they can bypass the Global Entry portals and go directly to the CBP officers and show their mobile receipt and proceed to enter into the United States.

The Global Entry Mobile Application will initially be available for use by travelers arriving at seven airports: Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, and George Bush Intercontinental Airport. CBP will continue to evaluate and expand the use of the app at airports where Global Entry processing occurs in the future.  

The app is free and it already available for download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Global Entry is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted Traveler Programs, and is used at land, air and sea ports of entry into the United States at all major airports and all Preclearance airports. All applicants undergo rigorous and recurring background checks and an in-person interview before initial enrollment. Global Entry costs $100 for five years, but you can get it for free with several premium credit cards.

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