What Is CBP Global Entry Program?


What is the Global Entry Program?

Global Entry is a fast-track U.S. entry scheme run by the CBP as an alternative to ESTA or a visa. Low-risk travellers are pre-approved for expedited entry to the U.S. and then use special automatic kiosks at major airports.

Find out more about Global Entry at www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry.


How is the Global Entry information used by the CBP?

Travellers who are part of the Global Entry Program must initially go through extensive vetting by the U.S. CBP. The application includes providing photographs, fingerprints, travel history and a face-to-face interview with a CBP officer. Should a person need to apply for an ESTA, the information provided for their Global Entry application will be used in support of their new ESTA application.


How does the DHS use any new information collected?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security handles all information, including any new facts about a person, in the same way as all other data collected via visa and ESTA applications. It falls under the Privacy Act System of Records Notices (SORN) and Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA). The information will be used by the DHS when screening applications for a visa or VWP to support a person’s suitability for travel and admission to the U.S.