Published 11:16 AM EDT Sep 4, 2020
Global Entry applicants can complete their enrollment interviews starting Tuesday, resuming a process that’s been on pause since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Customs and Border Protection said Friday it will reopen most Trusted Traveler enrollment centers in the United States after the Labor Day weekend. They had been closed since March 19 as air travel slowed to a trickle.
What’s different? CBP personnel will be required to wear face coverings, as will Global Entry applicants.
Other changes that applicants may encounter at reopened enrollment centers: staggered or reduced appointments, the elimination of sign-in sheets, limited seating, more frequent disinfection, plexiglass barriers or face shields and measures to encourage social distancing.
Because the Canadian and Mexican borders remain closed to nonessential travel, enrollment for the NEXUS and FAST programs remain suspended. Both programs ordinarily would grant applicants expedited crossing at the northern and southern borders.
Global Entry allows an expedited reentry process for U.S. travelers returning from overseas. It meets the Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID requirements, which were supposed to take effect on Oct. 1, but have been postponed a year due to the pandemic.
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For months, DHS had blocked New York residents from completing their Global Entry applications due to a dispute over a state law that enabled undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers licenses. The impasse ended in July.
Global Entry enables U.S. travelers to take advantage of kiosks at major airports nationwide and globally that allow them to bypass lines with no paperwork and reduced wait times.
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