SAN DIEGO, CA — If you travel internationally out of San Diego there is a new system in place to help speed the process. U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority unveil new Global Entry kiosks at the international arrivals area of the San Diego International Airport Tuesday.
San Diego International Airport is the newest of 27 airports nationwide with Global Entry technology according to a news release from the San Diego Airport Authority.
Frequent international travelers enrolled in Global Entry who are returning to the U.S. through the San Diego airport can bypass passport and baggage control lines by using an automated self-service kiosk. Most members of the Global Entry program are processed for arrival into the U.S. in about five minutes.
"The Global Entry program is truly a force multiplier," said Chris Maston, director of CBP's San Diego Field Office. "It allows low-risk travelers to complete the customs declaration forms and verify their entry documents and identity at the kiosks while our officers focus on those passengers we know less about."
The kiosk features a camera, touch-screen monitor, fingerprint reader, document reader, receipt printer, and keypad.
Participants in Global Entry bypass the regular passport control line and proceed directly to the Global Entry kiosk. At the kiosk, Global Entry travelers will activate the system by inserting their passports or U.S. permanent resident cards into a document reader. The kiosk will direct travelers to provide digital fingerprints and will compare that biometric data with the fingerprints on file.
Global Entry travelers will be photographed and prompted to answer declaration questions on the kiosk's touch-screen. A transaction receipt will be issued upon completion which must be presented to CBP officers prior to leaving the inspection area.
There is no frequent flyer requirement to apply for the Global Entry program. Applicants submit a non-refundable $100 application fee and provide information for CBP use in background vetting. Applicants also complete an interview with a CBP officer, and provide fingerprints and a photo. Upon approval, membership lasts for five years. Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, and is also available to citizens of the Netherlands who are enrolled in Privium, Canadian NEXUS members and Korean SES members. Global Entry is also available to Mexican nationals.
Members of the CBP Trusted Traveler program along the southwest land border, SENTRI, who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents can also use the Global Entry kiosks, provided their fingerprints and documents are on file. Locally in the San Diego area, there are about 131,000 people enrolled in the SENTRI program.
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