Get a Same-Day Walk-In Appointment at These Global Entry Enrollment Centers!

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No one likes waiting in airport security lines, especially lately!

Although there’s been recent good news that Congress has approved funds to add more TSA screeners, many folks are looking for ways to get through security faster.  Like with Global Entry, which gets you into the faster TSA PreCheck lanes at US airports.

However, you often have to wait months before you can get at interview at your nearest Global Entry center.  But did you know many enrollment centers accept walk-ins without a reservation?

Get A Same Day Walk In Appointment At These Global Entry Enrollment Centers

Don’t Want to Wait Months for a Global Entry Interview? You Might Be Able to Get a Walk-In Appointment Sooner!

I’ll share the current walk-in policies of most enrollment centers.

Centers That WILL Accept Walk-Ins

Link:   Addresses of Global Entry Enrollment Centers

These centers said they will accept walk-ins.  However, you’ll probably have to wait — sometimes hours — and there is NO guarantee you will be seen.

Arizona

Nogales, Arizona Enrollment Center

  • Very welcoming to walk-ins, though you may need to wait

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

  • Expect a long wait

Tucson International Airport

  • Come after 5:00 pm and they will try to fit you in

California

San Francisco International Airport

  • Only accepts 6 walk-ins per day, and you must be in line before 8:00 am.  Most start waiting in line very early.  You can expect to wait anywhere between 45 minutes and 7 hours.

District of Columbia

Washington, DC, Enrollment Center

Florida

Miami International Airport

  • Come after 6:00 pm for shorter wait

West Palm Beach, Florida, Enrollment Center

  • Only accepted between 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm daily

Georgia

Atlanta Port Office, US Customs House

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Minnesota

Grand Portage, Minnesota Enrollment Center

  • Walk-ins are often seen.  Call ahead for best availability.

Warroad, Minnesota Enrollment Center

New York

John F. Kennedy International Airport

North Dakota

Pembina, North Dakota Enrollment Center

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh International Airport

Puerto Rico

San Juan – Luis Munoz Marin International Airport

Qatar

Doha, Qatar, Enrollment Center

Texas

Laredo, Texas, Enrollment Center

San Antonio International Airport

  • Must call ahead to be placed on the wait-list schedule.

Centers That MAY Accept Walk-Ins

At these centers, you’re less likely to be seen as walk-in.  It might just depend on the officer’s mood!

Idaho

Boise Enrollment Center

Maryland

Baltimore / Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Massachusetts

Boston – Logan International Airport

Michigan

Detroit Metropolitan Airport

  • Needs managerial approval.  Try early Friday morning around 6:00 am to 8:00 am.

Sault Saint Marie, Michigan Enrollment Center

  • Must have a future appointment scheduled with this site to be considered.

Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri, Enrollment Center

  • Needs managerial approval

Montana

Sweetgrass, Montana, Enrollment Center

New Jersey

Newark Liberty International Airport

New Mexico

Albuquerque International Sunport Airport

  • Depends on cancellations

North Carolina

Charlotte – Douglas International Airport

  • Depends on cancellations.

New York

Champlain, New York, Enrollment Center

  • They may take you early if you have an appointment that very same day

Texas

Hidalgo, Texas, Enrollment Center

  • Must have a future appointment scheduled with this site to be considered

Houston Central Library

  • Rare, but possible

Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

  • Inside terminal E, requires boarding pass
  • Policy states no walk-ins, but they often make exceptions

Washington

Seattle – Tacoma International Airport

  • Must have a future appointment scheduled with this site to be considered

Centers That Will NOT Accept Walk-Ins

Alaska

Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport

Arizona

San Luis, Arizona Enrollment Center

California

Calexico, California, Enrollment Center

Los Angeles International Airport

Otay Mesa, California, Enrollment Center

San Ysidro, California, Enrollment Center

Colorado

Denver International Airport

Florida

Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport

Orlando International Airport

Orlando – Sanford International Airport

Tampa International Airport

Hawaii

Honolulu International Airport

Illinois

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Kentucky

Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport

Michigan

Detroit, Michigan, Enrollment Center

Port Huron, Michigan, Enrollment Center

Minnesota

Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport

Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri, Enrollment Center

Nevada

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

New York

Bowling Green US Customs House

Niagara Falls, New York, Enrollment Center

Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio, Enrollment Center

Port Clinton, Ohio, Enrollment Center

Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport

Oregon

Portland International Airport

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia International Airport

Rhode Island

Warwick, Rhode Island Enrollment Center

Tennessee

Nashville Enrollment Center

Texas

Austin – Bergstrom International Airport

Brownsville, Texas, Enrollment Center

Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport

El Paso, Texas, Enrollment Center

Utah

Salt Lake City International Airport

Seattle, Washington Enrollment Center

Washington

Birch Bay Enrollment Center

Seattle, Washington, Enrollment Center

Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Enrollment Center

Vermont

Derby Line, Vermont, Enrollment Center

Cards That Offer Free Global Entry

Global Entry costs $100 and is valid for 5 years.  But the fee is refunded if you pay with one of these cards:

With these cards, you’re eligible for the fee reimbursement once every 5 years.

Bottom Line

Many Global Entry enrollment centers will accept walk-ins, though some have special conditions.  Bring a book, because you’ll probably have to wait!

But if you have a Global Entry center nearby, or are traveling through an airport with a location, it’s worth checking for a walk-in appointment if you’d otherwise have to wait months for a spot.

Let me know about your experience obtaining a Global Entry interview as a walk-in!

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20 responses to “Get a Same-Day Walk-In Appointment at These Global Entry Enrollment Centers!

  1. The Canadian NEXUS costs a lot less than Global Entry and affords the same PreCheck and U.S. entry benefit as Global Entry. Are there U.S. credit cards that reimburse card holders for applying to the NEXUS program? Do you have tips for applying to NEXUS and getting a quick interview?

  2. I was waiting at the JFK Airport Global Entry center when a family of four came in and signed up as walk ins. One of the officers came in asked them why they haven’t put in an appointment time on the sign up list and when she found out hat they are walk ins she told them that they do NOT accept walk ins. The family argued that they have relatives who walked in the previous week and were seen as walk ins but the officer didn’t budge. The more they argued the more annoyed the officer got. At the end the family got thrown out and yelled at that they must follow rules! I should me run that this was about 9:30am and there were only three of us waiting for scheduled appointments. So I would say JFK is a hit or miss at best! I should also add that my appointment was on time and the officer was efficient and very pleasant.

  3. Great list. Any info on Long Beach, CA?

  4. San Antonio may take walk-ins if you call but I haven’t been able to reach anyone there to ask. I get the recorded message. But, San Antonio opened up some additional slots last week, I was able to change mine from end of July and my wife from mid-August to both this Friday. Watch for emails for more times opening up if you’ve already set an appointment. They will tell you what days they will be having additional interviews and what day they will begin allowing you to sign up. The system starts accepting new appointments at 12:00AM that day, I suggest being on the system at midnight exactly for best choices.

  5. IAH INSIDE the terminal was a great experience last week – in and out within half an hour. Moreover, the guy working the one desk was very agreeable and pleasant. As I was being “interviewed” a family of four arrived – the father had apparently received his interview as a walk-in and was told by the interviewing officer that his family could do likewise. The father bought four fully refundable tickets, his family passed through security, and they were being interviewed as I left. The earliest appointments in centers on my travel routes were in either August or November, so this was a huge save for me. If you’re based in Houston and have a long wait, it is worth a try via a refundable ticket.

  6. Interesting that Portland, OR says they do not accept walk ins. When I was there for my appointment (I waited at least 6 months to get) a family came without an appointment and were whisked right in after my interview!

  7. I have a free pre-check thanks to Orbitz platinum. I can’t use it because I’m a visa-holder. I’d love to give it to my wife. Has anyone had experience with paying for pre-check using the Orbitz platinum promo code? I know the terms say it cannot be transferred but I was curious as to the experience of others – can it be transferred?

    http://www.orbitz.com/rewards/TSAprecheck/

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  9. I was able to get a walk up at PHX. Wait time 4hrs
    Thanks!

  10. FYI, once you have your interview, assuming all is OK, your Known Traveller Number goes active immediately. My interview was yesterday. I plugged it into my profile on United and got TSA-precheck on my boarding pass for my trip today.

  11. Has anyone tried Nashville. I know it is on the list for absolutely no walk-ins.

  12. FYI, there is a 2 day temporary event setup in October in Birmingham. October 4 and 5. Several openings.

  13. Has anyone had success as a walk in at O’Hare? I know they are on the list as not accepting walk-ins. My appointment is not until October. They do not answer their phone or return calls left on their voicemail.

  14. SFO Appears to be a 24-hour facility. We showed up at 5:30 AM on a Wednesday, and there was a line, and there was a CBP individual taking names and adding people to the waiting list. You really can’t get there too early in the morning. 🙁

  15. So, SFO is on a 24 hour schedule through Aug 10. Apparently your best bet is to come around 10 – 11:30 PM, and be there when people who thought they had an appointment at 2 PM, not 2 AM, don’t show up for their 2 AM appointment

  16. Unfortunately missed my original appointment date at JFK because I was stuck in another country. When I was returning I had a long layover In Houston’s IAH Airport. I tried to go to the main global entry office that was outside the terminals that told me they could accommodate me because they had 100+ interviews for that day. So seeing as I had a ticket to actually enter the terminal I saw there was another global entry office located at terminal E. I rescheduled my appointment for that office even though it was for about a week after I just figured atleast it was for that office they may accomadate me. I walked in the office and there was only one person there. I told the officer my situation and he gladly assisted me and conducted my interview. Greatly appreciate that officer and that global entry office. Would definitely recommend them.

  17. Does anyone have any experience with the Newark Global Entry Center? Thanks.

  18. @Susan,
    My son and I attempted a walk in this morning at Newark. The guard I talked to was pretty rude, but said they weren’t accepting walk in’s today. I guess it’s a hit or miss there.

  19. Has anyone had any experience with the enrollment center in DC (on Penn Ave)? Since it’s the CBP headquarters I’m hoping walk ins move smoothly.

  20. Michelle Crouch

    I just applied in Charlotte, NC, and it says “there are no appointments available at this time.” And of course, they already have my $100. I will try to do the walk-in thing, but I have three kids so I don’t know how long I can wait. Does anyone have experience with a center that you can’t even make an appointment at?

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