Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

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Do you ever travel overseas?

Global Entry is a program that allows travelers to skip US immigration lines.  It’s useful for folks who travel internationally because it can save time at customs when returning to the US.

Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

Enrolling in a Trusted Traveler Program Can Save You Many Hours at the Airport Throughout the Year!

Global Entry can speed up your airport experience in a few other countries, too!  But there are also some countries that do NOT participate in this program.

But you can minimize your time in immigration when you travel internationally with similar programs.  I’ll explain!

Why Global Entry?

Link:   Global Entry

Link:   Apply for Global Entry

Link:   Global Entry Locations

Global Entry is a trusted traveler program that US Customs and Border Protection use to identify low-risk travelers.  When you’re approved, you can avoid the immigration lines by using a Global Entry kiosk after you arrive in the US from another country.

Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

Global Entry Can Save You Time and Headaches, Especially If the Immigration Lines Look Like This!

You enter your flight information, including declarations (so you don’t have to fill out a customs form on the plane!).  Then hand your receipt to a Global Entry agent as you exit customs!

There are several international airports that have Global Entry kiosks for US citizens.  This allows folks to skip immigration when they arrive back home!

Global Entry charges a $100 application fee which is NOT refunded if you aren’t approved.  But some credit cards will cover your application fee, including:

Don’t want to wait for a Global Entry appointment?  Here are the Global Entry centers that accept walk-ins!

Folks with Global Entry are also eligible for TSA PreCheck, which helps you get through the security lines at TSA must faster!

Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

Global Entry Most Often Lets You Enjoy TSA PreCheck Lanes, Which Can Save You Time During Your Domestic Travels, Too!

Your Global Entry status is valid for 5 years.  And you can easily renew it online!

NEXUS

NEXUS is another program that can help speed up your immigration experience.

With a membership to NEXUS, you will have accelerated screening at land borders between the US and Canada.  You will also get all the benefits of Global Entry, including eligibility for TSA PreCheck.  And it’s $50 cheaper!

Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

Sprint Over the Canadian Border with NEXUS’ Dedicated Customs Lines – And Use Global Entry Kiosks Too!

But taking the interview might be difficult.  You will have to travel to a NEXUS enrollment center, with locations in only 8 states (and more in Canada) before you can get your membership.  They are:

  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Washington

A membership to NEXUS lasts 5 years.

SENTRI

SENTRI has dedicated lanes at the Mexican border to speed up entry back into the US.  But folks with a SENTRI membership can also use the NEXUS lanes at the Canadian border!

SENTRI members are also eligible to participate in TSA PreCheck.  A 5 year membership costs ~$123.

Similar Programs in Other Countries

The above 3 trusted traveler programs are mainly designed for folks going back to the US.

But other countries have similar programs.  Signing-up for these programs can decrease your time spent in their immigration lines too – especially if you travel to them often!

Canada

CANPASS Air will give you expedited entry into Canada at 9 of the country’s airports, including:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Halifax
  • Montréal
  • Ottawa
  • Toronto (Pearson International Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport)
  • Vancouver
  • Winnipeg

You qualify for the program if you have been a citizen of either Canada or the US for at least 3 years (there are a couple of exceptions).

Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

Ocean or Mountains? You Can Do Both in Vancouver, British Columbia. And CANPASS Air Can Get You Through Faster!

CANPASS Air costs 50 Canadian Dollars (~$39).  You will need to renew your membership every year.

Mexico

Mexico’s Programa Viajero Confiable lets you slide through immigration in less than 3 minutes!  Travelers skip the lines by using kiosks similar to Global Entry.

You can use Programa Viajero Confiable if you are a Mexican citizen or a US citizen with Global Entry.  It is available at the airports in Mexico City, San Jose, and Cancun.

Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

Begin Your Mexican Vacation Faster With Programa Viajero Confiable

A 5 year membership costs 1461 Mexican Pesos (~$80).

Panama

Global Pass from the Republic of Panama is open to US citizens or permanent residents with a US passport.  Unlike Global Entry, you will still need to fill out the customs declaration form you receive before landing.

The application fee is $100 and your membership is valid for 5 years.

Germany

Germany’s EasyPASS can be used at 6 German airports, including:

  • Berlin-Tegel
  • Cologne/Bonn
  • Dusseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Munich
Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

EasyPASS is Free for Everyone! But You’ll Have to Travel to Germany for the Interview

EasyPass is available to US citizens.  And it’s free!  But, the interview must take place at an EasyPASS enrollment center at a German airport.  And you must have an e-Passport.

Netherlands

If you are a Global Entry member, you can apply for the Netherlands’ expedited immigration program, Privium.  You can do this through a program between the two agencies called FLUX.

Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

Enrolling in the Dutch Trusted Traveler Program Privium Means More Time to Explore Amsterdam! But the Price Tag Makes it Unwise if You Don’t Visit the Country Often

You can apply for Privium the same as you would Korea’s Smart Entry Service, by logging into your Global Entry account.  You will be charged 135 Euros (~$154) at your interview.  And it costs 121 Euros (~$138) per year!

Korea

Smart Entry Service is available to Korean citizens and US citizens with Global Entry.  You can request an interview by logging into your Global Entry account.  Just click “Manage Membership” and find it under “International Programs.”

Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

You’ll Need Global Entry If You Want Korea’s Smart Entry Service

You will need to travel to Korea for your interview.  And it costs $100.

United Kingdom

Registered Traveller is the United Kingdom’s solution for expedited immigration.  You will get to use dedicated lanes at 10 of the country’s airports:

  • Birmingham
  • East Midlands
  • Edinburgh
  • Gatwick
  • Glasgow
  • Heathrow
  • London City
  • Luton
  • Manchester
  • Stansted

And you will have access to faster lanes in Eurostar locations within Paris, Lille, and Brussels.

Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

Emily at Eurostar’s Central London Station

You must have a passport issued from 1 of 9 countries, including the US, Australia, and New Zealand.  You also need either a visa, or proof that you have visited the United Kingdom at least 4 times in the past 2 years.

Applying for Registered Traveller costs 70 British Pounds (~$100) for a one year membership.  If your application is denied, you will be reimbursed 50 Pounds (~$72).

Australia

US citizens traveling to Australia can take advantage of their Global Entry equivalent, SmartGate.  There is no fee to enroll, and membership is free!  You must be age 16 or older, and traveling on an e-Passport.

New Zealand

New Zealand honors US Global Entry.  You will have dedicated lanes to speed through customs when you fly into Auckland, Christchurch, or Wellington.

Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

Spend Your Evening Watching an Auckland Sunset Instead of Twiddling Your Thumbs in Customs

There is no extra charge to use these express lanes.  As long as you have Global Entry, you’re through!

Singapore

US passport holders who are Global Entry members can now sign-up to use Singapore’s Trusted Traveler Program.

Under this agreement, eligible members can use Singapore’s enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS).  To qualify, you must:

  • Have a passport valid for more than 6 months
  • Haved visited Singapore at least 3 times in last 12 months
  • Be aged 6 or above (parents of children under age 18 must be present during enrollment and provide the original copy of the applicant’s birth certificate and the passport of the accompanying parent or legal guardian should also be provided for verification of identity)

You can apply online.  But you’ll have to appear in person in Singapore for final approval.  So this is only useful if you travel to Singapore often!

US APEC Business Travel Card Program

The US APEC Business Travel Program is made for folks who travel for business in Pacific Rim countries.  If you sign-up for this program, you will get expedited entry into the APEC region:

  • Australia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Hong Kong China
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

The US APEC Business Travel Card Program Is a Treasure for Folks That Qualify!

This program is more restrictive than others.  You need to be:

  • A US citizen
  • Enrolled in 1 of the 3 US trusted traveler programs (Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI)
  • A “verified business person” or government official

A verified business person means you are trading goods, services, or are an investor within the APEC region.  This is NOT for everybody!

The $70 application fee is NOT refundable.  You will need to pay this fee every 3 years to renew.

Bottom Line

Global Entry can save you time at the airport coming back to the US, especially if you travel internationally.  But there are many countries outside the US where it won’t work.

Signing-up for other countries’ trusted travel programs can be a huge time saver.  Just make sure you will get your money’s worth before you enroll!

Will you sign-up for any of these programs?

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3 responses to “Get Into These Countries Faster With Their Trusted Traveler Programs

  1. To be clear, SENTRI members can only use NEXUS lane when driving from Canada to USA, not USA to Canada.
    Seems weird but thats what it says under the tab of “Benefits of SENTRI”.

  2. A few corrections…

    Australia doesn’t have a membership program – SmartGate is the default method of entry for 10-year old+ travellers from the following countries with a visa or other travel authority:
    Australia
    Canada
    China
    France
    Hong Kong
    Ireland
    Japan
    Korea
    Macau
    New Zealand
    Singapore
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    United Kingdom
    United States of America
    https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Ente/Goin/Arrival/Smartgateor-ePassport

    New Zealand is similar – SmartGate is the default method of entry for:
    New Zealand
    Australia
    United Kingdom
    United States of America
    Canada
    http://www.customs.govt.nz/features/smartgate/whocanusesmartgate/Pages/default.aspx

    Note that the last time I entered NZ in Auckland, I no longer saw a Global Entry late (that was previously there).

  3. Woah, I did not realize that the NEXUS program includes the benefits of Global Entry and TSA PreCheck, costs $50 less, and gives you more! Wish I had known this a few days ago as I just applied for Global Entry. D’oh!

    This is great summary info. Thanks.

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