Interviews Available Now! Trusted Traveler Enrollment Centers Reopened On September 8

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Update: After delaying the reopening from July 6 to August 10 and then again to September 8, CBP Trusted Traveler enrollment centers finally reopened on September 8, 2020. This post has been updated to reflect these changes.

Since March 19th, Trusted Traveler Program enrollment centers have not conducted interviews for new applicants. But, after months of delays, enrollment centers reopened on September 8, 2020. Health regulations are in place for both employees and applicants, but you can currently schedule appointments.

What Are Trusted Traveler Programs

Trusted Traveler Programs

Trusted Traveler Programs are programs of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency and allow pre-screened travelers a quicker travel experience when entering and traveling through the United States. Programs include TSA PreCheck, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, US-Mexico FAST, and US-Canada FAST.

If you aren't sure which program is right for you, CBP offers an easy-to-fill survey at the bottom of the TTP homepage:

Interviews for most of these programs resumed starting September 8. Start here to check availability for a location near you. Some locations are wide-open. For example, the Global Entry enrollment center in New York's JFK airport has interview availability every day through the end of November 2020.

Which Program is Right for You

TSA PreCheck

Launched in 2011, the TSA PreCheck is a screening program available to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or lawful permanent residents. The program costs $85 and includes a background check and in-person interview. Once accepted, enter your Known Traveler Number in your airline reservation to get access to the TSA PreCheck screening lane. Membership lasts for 5 years, and you can renew it up to six months before the expiration date.

Perks of the TSA PreCheck screening lane include not having to remove your shoes, belt, or a light jacket when going through security. Plus, you can leave your laptop and liquids in your bag. Children under 12 can accompany you in the screening lane without their own membership.

TSA PreCheck is available in over 200 airports across the nation for eligible passengers of 73 airlines:

TSA Pre✓ Participating Airlines

AirlineRegion
AeromexicoLatin America and the Caribbean
Air CanadaNorth America
Air FranceEurope
Air IndiaIndian Subcontinent
Air SerbiaEurope
Alaska AirlinesNorth America
AlitaliaEurope
All Nippon Airways (ANA)Asia
Allegiant AirNorth America
American AirlinesNorth America
Aruba AirlinesLatin America and the Caribbean
Asiana AirlinesAsia
Austrian AirlinesEurope
AviancaLatin America and the Caribbean
Azul AirlinesSouth America
Boutique AirlinesNorth America
British AirwaysEurope
Brussels AirlinesEurope
Cape AirNorth America
Cathay PacificAsia
China AirlinesAsia
Condor AirlinesEurope
Contour AviationNorth America
Copa AirlinesLatin America and the Caribbean
Delta Air LinesNorth America
Eastern AirlinesNorth America
Edelweiss AirEurope
Elite AirwaysNorth America
EmiratesMiddle East
Etihad AirwaysMiddle East
EVA AirAsia
FinnairEurope
FlycanaNorth America
Frontier AirlinesNorth America
Hawaiian AirlinesNorth America
IcelandairEurope
InterCaribbean AirwaysLatin America and the Caribbean
InterjetNorth America
Japan AirlinesAsia
JetBlue AirwaysNorth America
Key Lime AirNorth America
KLM Royal Dutch AirlinesEurope
Korean AirAsia
LufthansaEurope
Miami Air InternationalNorth America
Norwegian AirEurope
PAL ExpressAsia
Philippine AirlinesAsia
Porter AirlinesNorth America
QantasAustralia
Qatar AirwaysMiddle East
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)Europe
Seaborne AirlinesNorth America
Silver AirwaysNorth America
Singapore AirlinesAsia
Southern Airways ExpressNorth America
Southwest AirlinesNorth America
Spirit AirlinesNorth America
Sun Country AirlinesNorth America
SunclassEurope
Sunwing AirlinesNorth America
Swift AirNorth America
Swiss International Air LinesEurope
SwoopNorth America
TAP Air PortugalEurope
Turkish AirlinesMiddle East
United AirlinesNorth America
Virgin AtlanticEurope
VivaAerobusNorth America
VolarisNorth America
WestJetNorth America
World AtlanticNorth America
Xtra AirwaysNorth America

Global Entry

Global Entry is kinda like TSA PreCheck for international arrivals into the United States. Travelers arriving in the U.S. from abroad by air, land, or sea receive an expedited immigration and customs experience.

With your membership, you will gain access to automated kiosks to complete your arrival interview. This expedited arrivals process is available in 75 airports around the U.S. and in dozens of international airports around the world. Even better, Global Entry comes with TSA PreCheck. That makes it the preferred program to enroll in if you do any international travel.

Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident, as well as passport holders from Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

Global Entry has a $100 application fee, although you're not guaranteed membership if you don't pass the screening process. If accepted, your membership will last 5 years.

Credit Cards That Reimburse TSA PreCheck or Global Entry Application Fees

Spending $85 or $100 on a Trusted Traveler Program might not seem like a great deal, especially if you don't travel regularly. However, there are dozens of credit cards that will reimburse the fee for your TSA PreCheck or Global Entry application. Some of the cards offering this deal are as follows:

CardCredit FrequencyAnnual Fee
The Platinum Card® from American Express4 years$550 (Rates & Fees)
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express4 years$595 (Rates & Fees)
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card4 years$450 (Rates & Fees)
Chase Sapphire Reserve®4 years$550
The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card4 years$450
United℠ Explorer Card4 years$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card4 years$199
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card4 years$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $89
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card4 years$95
Capital One Spark Miles for Business4 years$0 intro for first year; $95 after that
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®5 years$450
Citi Prestige® Card5 years$495
U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card4 years$400
Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Credit Card4 years$95
HSBC Premier World Mastercard® credit card5 years (TSA Pre✓® only)$0
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard® credit card5 years (TSA Pre✓® only)$395

Our Take On Using Trusted Traveler Programs

With travel at a standstill, it might be a hard sell to pay the enrollment fee for one of the Trusted Traveler Programs. However, you might as well take advantage of this opportunity if you have one of the many credit cards that reimburse the Global Entry or TSA PreCheck fee.

If you're considering paying the application fee anyways, it could actually be cheaper to sign up for low annual fee credit card that comes with this perk. For example, the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card charges an annual fee of $95. Plus, you can earn a 100,000-mile signup bonus when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or still earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3000 on purchases in the first 3 months.

Worst case, these Trusted Traveler Programs might only knock a few minutes off your wait at security. But once travel returns to normal, Global Entry might save you as much as a couple of hours. Plus, it makes the screening process a lot more pleasant. I can't tell you how many times I've had my laptop and tablet swabbed when going through security at the airport, or arguing whether a couple of small packets of mayonnaise for my sandwich lunch counted as a liquid.

For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (Rates & Fees), The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees)

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    I live in rural New England. I have been in the process of renewing my Global Entry certification for eight months now. I received condition certification but it required another interview. I don’t know if this was due to our travel in the past few years or what but my wife had the same problem and needed another interview.

    Before Covid hit, it was hard and now it is virtually impossible at any of the locations convenient to us – Boston and Tampa. When I called Tampa to plea for an appointment at the time we were flying in November, I was told there are no interviews available for the foreseeable future. Same with Boston.

    I was told that it is because Trump has sent so many people to the southern border that they simply don’t have the personnel to handle the requests. They suggested driving four hours to a border location. I am so fed up with this program and the lack of service by the government I could pull my hair out.

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      Ugh! I see what you mean. The next appointment in Tampa isn’t until February 3 and the next Boston appointment doesn’t have any appointments available! When do you need to complete your interview by? If CBP is giving you a while to do so – and you aren’t traveling internationally anytime soon – then I’d just schedule an appointment for February and check back to see if something opens up.

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    Nice, just in time for Global Entry renewal.

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    That means a rather large pool of potential travelers will be removed from the service.

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    I don’t want to go to USA again , they government have been cancel my Visa. Stay my country should be good choice.

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    There are actually off-airport sites such as port customs you can go to as well if it’s on the list.

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    Global entry has allowed me to get through customs at least an hour faster than I would have otherwise. (I had friends that didn’t have it so we compared.) I was in the lounge drinking wine while they were still in line. They signed up for Global entry soon after that trip. Mine will be up for renewal soon so I hope I will be able to get in while it is still relatively easy.

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    about time!

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    Javier Alonso says:

    Thank you very good information, I will see how to access Global Entry.

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    Global Entry is well worth it.
    I’ve been using Global Entry for several years now,
    and it has saved me from missing many connections as well as time from standing in very long lines at ports of entry.
    It is good to know that CBP re-opened its enrollment because I need to renew mine before it expires in 6 months.
    I will look into getting a credit card to save on fees as well!

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    The table of credit cards that offer PreCheck or Global Entry reimbursement is very handy!

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    Wonderful! Now if only the passport processing centers would process them in the normal speed.

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    About time! Now to take advantage of a top credit card perk!

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    Make sure to check your local/state as not all have yet reopened the GE application process, as far as I know. It will all pick up quickly, I’m sure but it will depend on the waitlist and availability of people reviewing and interviewing.

    That said, great news indeed! Now, lets’ all get back to flying and moving around!

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    I was SO excited to see this posted on a travel blog I follow! I went in to try to schedule a interview for my family but DFW wasn’t open still. Now my husband got an email with a code to put in and then there was an opening in DFW. I was able to use the same code for my whole family. I am excited to finally get an interview!

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    It is great that they finally open now. It´s a service that many people use. Thanks for letting us know.

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    Thank you for informing us of the reopening (finally). I’ve been waiting for this so I could gift this to my daughter in law. What’s ridiculous is how few Global Entry processing centers there are in California! We have 40 million people living here and it’s very limited! They may need to settle for TSA precheck instead.

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    Steven William Van Meter says:

    I’ve had to cancel and ive attempted to reschedule for my daughter a couple of times due to the nonsense. Its good to see common sense may finally prevail here and we can get her an interview. Thank you for the information.

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    So good credit card can be get so many money back. I will be go to apply this TSA precheck. Very fast to coming USA

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    So great plan for travelers but seems i can’t apply this plan as i am located at Korea. I wish all of you will be get this promo. truly good.

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    It is wonderful that people choose to live with the virus with caution instead of running away from it.

    It is NOT the Black Death after all.

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    This is good news! My NEXUS card is valid for several more years, but I want to gift Global Entry or TSA-Pre memberships to two family members.

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    It is time to finally put travel credit cards in good use again 🙂

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    I usually use my Global Entry for USA in my business trips. It’s a very good option for Business travellers who travels a lot.
    I always recommend that if you have the opportunity to got it, do it! Because greatly expedites entry into the country.

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    Argh! I have been waiting and waiting to be able to finally do my interviews! I am just going to have to continue to wait until this fall. I am thinking that and hoping that I’ll go to Canada to do the interview on arrival.

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    Global Entry is fantastic for international travel. Many credit cards will cover the cost of it too!

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    This is a good reminder that my Global Entry might be getting ready to expire. I need to check on the date and get ready to go through the renewal process. Of course also to figure out to which credit card to charge it so I am reimbursed.

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    Great, I can finally apply for GE now.

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    Great! Trusted traveler memberships make great gifts,

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    Farid Kassam says:

    good thing mine is coming up for renewal in few days.

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    Anybody know if there’s been any movement on either side in the last 5 months regarding NYS residents’ ability to renew/enroll in Trusted Traveler/Global Entry? (It had been blocked because of the NYS’ new “Green Light Law” protecting undocumented immigrants.

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    Steven William Van Meter says:

    Finally open again! I had my wife and daughter’s appointment scheduled but they cancelled on us due to the silly covid over reaction. Its a nursing home killer. Huge mistake.

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    Carlos Levin says:

    I would like AAdvantage to eliminate miles expiration for everybody.

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    Thanks for the tip! Trusted Traveler Programs fees are not ideal, but it’s for sure a good thing to have.

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    Geoffrey says:

    Ive been waiting a couple weeks to get this scheduled.

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    Thank God that they have started doing this again!

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    I love my Global Entry card. Definitely works.

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    Thank for the reminder. I can only hope with forlorn that that we could freely travel soon.

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    This is a timely update. Was just wondering whether the re-opening date would be pushed out again. Presumably a backlog of applications and renewals will have formed. I wonder if that will change the number of people they will select for interviews.

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    Great News for those wanting to sign up. I have to figure out my renewal date but I don’t think I have to re-interview.

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    Awesome…thanks for the heads-up!

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    lorem ipsum says:

    Great table listing cards that reimburse GE or PreCheck. Might a column listing the annual fee be possible? I’m not familiar with all these cards, but there’s a huge range in AF, from zero to at least $595.

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    Awesome news ! mine is coming up for renewal in next couple of weeks.