How To Get a Quick Global Entry Appointment
Global Entry is a Trusted Traveler program that provides expedited U.S. customs screening for international air travelers when entering the United States. Currently available at 53 U.S. airports and 15 Preclearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the international arrivals process at airports for trusted travelers. Global Entry provides access to the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening program as well.
Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. legal permanent residents as well as citizens of certain countries with which CBP has trusted traveler arrangements. That includes Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in NEXUS may also use the Global Entry kiosks.
Global Entry costs $100 for five years. There are several premium credit cards that will get you Global Entry for free. You pay when you start your application online and then, once conditionally approved, you need to complete it with a in-person interview. And that’s usually the hard part, especially now since there was a backlog of applications during Covid.
If you try to book an appointment now at one of their Global Entry Enrollment Centers, you’ll probably have to wait weeks or several months, and up to a year in some cases. Wait times vary by location and it’s usually a good idea to check some other centers around you if you are in a big city.
But there’s hope for a quick appointment to complete the Global Entry interview. Enrollment on arrival is always an option if you’re traveling internationally. And if you’re looking to make an appointment at your nearest center, there are two tricks to help you.
First, you can just check yourself continuously throughout the day. The busiest locations will have the longest waits. But, those same locations will usually have more people canceling and rescheduling appointments. That means that slots could become available at any time.
Then there’s a paid service that will do this for you for a $29 fee. Appointment Scanner is a service for people who have filled out their online application, paid the fee, and have already received a Global Entry conditional approval.
Appointment Scanner constantly scans the Trusted Traveler site looking for canceled and rescheduled appointments for the Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI programs. It then alerts you when it finds an open slot. Once you ge an alert, hurry and try to claim it as fast as you can.
The average user should get between 10 and 25 appointment alerts per day. Appointment Scanner is not affiliated with the DHS or the Trusted Traveler programs. It doesn’t promise you’ll be able to schedule an interview, partly because you’ll need to do the scheduling yourself.
Hopefully these tips will help you find a quick Global Entry appointments. Let us know in the comments if you have tried Appointment Scanner in the past. Or you can share any other tricks you have up your sleeve.
You can also check out a free alternative to Global Entry, Mobile Passport Control.