Why Every International Traveler Should Consider Global Entry
Why Every International Traveler Should Consider Global Entry

Here's Why Every International Traveler Should Consider Global Entry

Traveling internationally can be both exciting and overwhelming. While we often look forward to new experiences, cultures, and cuisines, the logistics of travel can sometimes dampen our enthusiasm. This is where Global Entry comes into play. Designed to simplify the international travel experience for U.S. citizens and select foreign nationals, Global Entry is quickly becoming a must-have for frequent travelers. Here's an introduction to this program and why you might want to consider enrolling.

What is Global Entry?

Global Entry is a program managed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the U.S. using automatic kiosks, skipping the traditional customs declaration lines.If you're looking for instructions on how to sign up, you can check out our blog, How to Apply for Global Entry: A Step-by-Step Guide.

Benefits for Frequent International Travelers

1. Efficiency
On arrival, members can head straight to the Global Entry kiosks, reducing wait times.

2. TSA PreCheck Included
Global Entry members automatically receive TSA PreCheck benefits, enabling them to move through security faster at U.S. airports.

3. No Paperwork
Say goodbye to the blue customs declaration form; the kiosk handles everything digitally.

4. Fewer Questions
Since you're pre-approved, there's usually less interrogation by CBP officers.

5. Peace of Mind
With a five-year membership, frequent travelers can consistently expect a smoother experience.

Comparison with Other Expedited Travel Programs:

While Global Entry focuses primarily on expedited entry into the U.S., there are other travel programs you might encounter:

1. TSA PreCheck
Streamlines security screening at U.S. airports but doesn't expedite customs and immigration processes during international travel.

For travel between the U.S. and Canada.

Designed for expedited land crossings into the U.S. from Mexico.

Of these, Global Entry offers the broadest range of benefits for those traveling internationally.


For those who frequently find themselves jetting off to international destinations, Global Entry offers a streamlined and efficient way to re-enter the U.S. While there's an application process and fee involved, the time and hassle saved often justify the investment. In subsequent articles, we'll explore how to apply, what the interview process looks like, and other key aspects of this valuable program. Until then, safe travels!

If you sign up for Global Entry, be aware that many interview locations have a 4-5 month wait time. If you're struggling to find an interview appointment within a a week or two, we recommend signing up for Global Entry Spotter, which sends out immediate email and SMS alerts as new appointments become available. The majority of travelers who sign up get alerts have an appointment booked within hours.