US grants UK citizens Global Entry

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has extended its Global Entry system to UK citizens, allowing them to bypass queues at immigration.

US extends Global Entry scheme to UK citizens
US extends Global Entry scheme to UK citizens

The Global Entry programme will allow pre-approved, low-risk travellers to bypass airport immigration queues on arrival at US airports, instead using automatic kiosks. UK citizens can register for Global Entry from 3 December this year.

To register for Global Entry, UK citizens apply through the UK Home Office website, paying a £42 processing fee. If they pass the UK vetting they receive an access code for the US Global Entry online system. The application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100 (£65), and once the application is approved, a CBP officer will interview the applicant before making a final decision on their eligibility.

The Global Entry automated kiosks are available at 46 US airports and the programme has been running since 2008, with 2.5m members currently.

However, the scheme is likley to be used by frequent business travellers, rather than those attending one-off events. Hollie Parsons, account director at The Black Tomato Agency, said: "Some of the VIPs we work with might organise Global Entry for themselves, but I don't think US immigration is as bad as it used to be anyway. In previous years people queued for up to an hour to get through, but more recently the system has been a lot faster, with automated machines available." 

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