How to use your Global Entry Card?
It is not necessary to have a Global Entry card to use the programme at the airport. However, if you wish to enter the United States as a Global Entry user by land or water, you must present it.
First and foremost, you must activate your card by completing these steps:
- vClick on the Activate Membership Card button;
- Enter the PASSID and the numeric section of the security code from the card’s back.
Once you’ve accomplished these procedures, the card’s microchip radio frequencies will allow you to access your Global Admission privileges for both land and maritime entry. If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, you must once again produce your passport and ESTA application.
Global Entry and TSA PreCheck
Once your Global Entry membership is validated, you will be instantly eligible for TSA PreCheck privileges. This application allows you to bypass security checks at more than 200 US airports. So far, 73 airlines have signed up for the scheme.
TSA PreCheck so compliments the CBP Global Entry programme well, allowing you to:
- access to specialised security checks, resulting in faster security checks;
- During security inspections, keep coats, shoes, and belts on.
- During security inspections, keep liquids, computers, and other electrical devices in your hand baggage.
If you are eligible for TSA PreCheck benefits as a result of Global Entry, you should notify the airline you are travelling with. As a result, your boarding permit will say “TSA PreCheck,” and you will be allowed to access the relevant airport security checkpoint gates.
Simply input your Global Entry card number on the company’s website under your profile. You can also input your credit card information while reserving your ticket.
What does it take to go to America? Documents required for travel
It should be noted that joining Global Entrance does not replace the need for a passport or an entry visa. So keep in mind that your electronic passport must be valid for at least six months after your arrival date. Otherwise, you may be refused entry into the United States.
Most travellers will additionally require a visa to enter the United States. If you are a citizen of a nation that participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you can apply for an ESTA, or electronic travel authorization. You will then be able to print your authorisation without needing to visit the embassy.
If you have already visited the United States, keep an eye on the expiration date of your ESTA. In reality, the electronic authorisation is good for two years. If you visited America more than two years ago, you will need to apply for a new visa.
Citizens of states not participating in the Visa Waiver Program will need to apply for a conventional visa to visit the United States. As a result, a formal application must be sent to the US consulate.
Global Entry: A growing program with many benefits
As can be seen, while Global Entry does not replace ESTA USA, it does provide considerable benefits. In reality, it allows you to avoid huge lines at customs once you arrive in the United States, as well as the perks of TSA PreCheck. So, if you have the opportunity to join the 5 million passengers who use Global Entry, you’re in luck.
Although Global Entry is not now accessible in Italy, it may become available in the future. In reality, the software is always growing. According to CBP, the list of cooperating nations might include Australia and Brazil as early as 2020. This year, the Netherlands may also joining the Global Entry network.
Finally, before departing for the United States, ensure that you have the relevant documentation, such as a passport, and that your ESTA is valid. If you cannot travel with electronic authorisation, you must apply for the visa that best matches the purpose of your trip.