US Ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun and US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowski said they have announced the expansion of Global Entry to UK citizens.
Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveler Program, allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. UK citizens can register for Global Entry beginning December 3.
“Making it easier to get through the entry process has significant logistical appeal for travelers coming to the US,” said Christopher L. Thompson, Brand USA´s president and CEO. “It places our country among the most visitor-friendly nations in the world.”
Thompson also said that visitors from the top-three source markets for inbound travel to the US — Canada, Mexico, and now the UK — are eligible to apply to CBP Trusted Traveler Programs. And, with travelers from South Korea and Germany already eligible to apply, five of the top 10 source markets are represented in these programs.
Currently available at 46 US airports and 13 preclearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the screening process at airports for trusted travelers. The program has more than 2.5 million members enrolled now, and CBP receives approximately 70,000 new applications for Global Entry each month. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Preââ¢ expedited screening program.
To register for Global Entry, UK citizens will apply through the UK Home Office website and pay a GBP42 processing fee.
Brand USA, the destination marketing organisation for the United States, was established by the Travel Promotion Act to spearhead the nation´s first global marketing effort to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and to communicate US entry/exit policies and procedures to worldwide travelers.