What Airports Have Global Entry?

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I’ve written several articles on here about why I think that Global Entry is a fantastic service for foreign travelers or anyone that travels in the US a lot. If you take more than 1 trip internationally in the next five years, consider getting Global Entry for another $15 USD instead of just TSA Pre-Check. If you were curious what airports have Global Entry, look no further.

Just imagine stepping foot off of your 15-hour international flight and having to stand in line for an hour or two at a hellish US Customs and Border Protection at JFK. This is where Global Entry comes in.

Global Entry has been around since the 1990’s and has helped speed up security for frequent international flyers at over 50 airports in the USA and abroad. (Yes, you read that correct – some airports abroad have Global Entry kiosks. More on this below.) In the 1990s, it was known as INSPASS (INS Passenger Accelerated Service System) But, it was only available at a handful of locations in the US. This program would later shut down and INS was merged into US Customs.

US Airports with Global Entry:

Anchorage (ANC) Austin (AUS) Baltimore (BWI) Boston (BOS)
Burlington (BTV)* Charlotte (CLT) Chicago Midway (MDW)* Chicago O'Hare (ORD)
Cincinnati (CVG) Cleveland (CLE) Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Denver (DEN)
Detroit (DTW) Fairbanks (FAI) Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) Houston (IAH)
Atlanta (ATL) Honolulu (HNL) New York (JFK) John Wayne (SNA)*
St. Louis (STL) Los Angeles (LAX) Las Vegas (LAS) Miami (MIA)
Milwaukee (MKE) Minneapolis (MSP) Newark (EWR) Oakland (OAK)*
Orlando (MCO) Orlando (SFB) Philadelphia (PHL) Phoenix (PHX)
Pittsburgh (PIT) Portland (PDX) Raleigh-Durham (RDU)* Salt Lake City (SLC)
San Antonio (SAT) San Diego (SAN)* San Francisco (SFO) San Jose (SJC)*
Seattle (SEA) Tampa (TPA) Washington-Dulles (IAD)

*These airports do not have interview locations to be approved Global Entry.

Just about 40 U.S. airports have Global Entry kiosks that you can utilize. Even my hometown airport of Pittsburgh is on this list – which is actually surprising due to the relatively seasonal international flights that arrive there.

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International Airports with Global Entry:

Abu Dhabi (AUH)* Aruba (AUA)* Calgary (YYC) Dublin (DUB)*
Edmonton (YEG) Guam (GUM) Halifax (YHZ) Montreal (YUL)
Nassau (NAS)* Ottawa (YOW) Saipan (SPN)* San Juan (SHU)
Shannon (SNN)* Toronto (YYZ) Vancouver (YVR) Winnipeg (YWG)

*These airports do not have interview locations to be approved Global Entry.

As stated above, there are a handful of international airports (about 20 in number) that have Global Entry kiosks and US Customs and Border Protection officers at these locations. This essentially lets you declare any goods at the airport where your flight originates and you just walk thru any airport that you land at in the USA.

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Global Entry Kiosk

A Global Entry Kiosk – There are usually 10+ of these at every airport with Global Entry.

Is Global Entry Worth the $100?

To make a long article short,

Y-E-S = YES!

I cannot stress it enough. Global Entry is amazing. You no longer have to rush off of an airplane to try to be first in line at Customs.

After taking a handful of international flights to airports with Global Entry, I would have paid a couple hundred dollars (if not more) for Global Entry.

Who can get Global Entry?

Citizens of the USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Panama, South Korea, and Mexico. There might be additional requirements depending on country of citizenship.

Is everyone approved for Global Entry?

No.

You might be ineligible due to the following:

  • False or incomplete info on the application
  • Been convicted of a criminal offense – even the smallest offenses from years can get your application declined
  • Violate customs, immigrations, or agriculture laws in any country
  • Subject of an ongoing investigation by any federal, state, or local law agency
  • Inadmissible to the USA due to immigration regulation or be on parole
  • Cannot satisfy Customs & Border Protection of your low-risk traveler status

What is the interview process for Global Entry like?

The interview process is pretty straightforward. I’m sure prior to the interview there are a handful of background checks ran on you, so the interview is pretty straightforward. The TSA Agent on duty usually will ask you about where all you’ve traveled to, why you applied, and a handful of other travel related questions. Personally, my interview lasted about 15 minutes primarily because I chatted with the officer about football.

Global Entry Card

Global Entry Card

How long does it take to get a Global Entry Card?

The biggest issue towards getting Global Entry is actually scheduling an interview at one of the airports an airport listed above. Scheduling can be a huge pain and there might not be any interview slots available for three months or so.

However, if you fly a lot, you can perhaps get lucky and stop by the TSA Office to see if they can squeeze you in. I arrived at the airport prior to the office even opening. Once inside, I made sure they knew that I had a few hours to kill before a flight and wanted to interview for Global Entry.

After successfully interviewing, it will take about a week to two to get your card in the mail.

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There is a trick that you could try if you have your Global Entry card with you at the airport. Apparently some people have had success showing TSA Agents their global entry card when they are flying on an airline that doesn’t have TSA PreCheck.

I cannot vouch as to whether or not this is true since I’ve never tried it before. So, try at your own risk.

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Sources – CBP Website, Wikipedia

Cory

Life-Long Learner, Explorer, & Web Developer. Currently a Software Engineer at Jazz.

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