My husband, son and I drove to JFK yesterday to complete the final step in the application process for The Global Entry System.
Instead of standing in line on average 60 minutes when re-entering the US from international shores we will now spend on average 64 seconds, simply by using a kiosk.
We answered a detailed questionnaire online 6 weeks ago and for $100 each (this covers five years) we use a kiosk computer system that will measure fingerprints, take our pictures and then we enter our flight numbers on screen, you are not required to fill out customs declaration forms for US Entry and there is no mimimum number for flights entering the US. Global Entry is a “trusted travellers” program and expedites entry into the US by using these onsite kiosks.
|You can find Global Entry kiosks at the following airports:|
The officer who interviewed me said the GOES program is not well advertised and is only four years old. He also said agreements are in place for other countries, such as Ireland and the UK, to implement GOES as well.
Just in case anyone travels a lot and wants to cut down on wait time at airports; you don’t have to be a US Citizen, but you do need a greencard or be a frequent traveller with no criminal record etc.