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Global Entry… for those of us flying a lot in country or out of country, this has been a hot topic for a bit. Shorter lines and not having to remove your clothes definately has its benefits – but at the risk of your personal information.  That choice is up to each individual.  Here is a rundown of pros and cons, with application links at the bottom.

Cost: $100 for 5 years

Who’s eligible: US citizens and permanent residents, and citizens of Germany, the Netherlands, Panama, South Korea, and Mexico. But only Americans can get the PreCheck benefits.

Benefits

  • No queuing for passport control checks
  • No paper customs declaration form
  • Potential to use your Global Entry pass in other countries
  • No minimum number of international trips to qualify
  • Includes TSA PreCheck, Nexus, and Sentri
    • TSA Precheck – $85 for 5 years, no need to remove: Shoes, Laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, Belts & Light jackets, in many airports there is a separate line for TSA Precheck
    • Nexus – $50 for 5 years, expedites border crossings in and out of Canada
    • Sentri – $123 for 5 years, expedites border crossings in and out of Mexico

Downfalls

  • Fingerprinting required
  • Social security required
  • Biometric information required
  • Residence and employment history for 5 years required
  • Background check required
  • In-person interview required
  • All personal data held in database for 75 years and can be accessed by FBI, state and local law enforcement
  • Possibility of random checks still exists
  • As more and more people enroll and are approved; the speedy system will slow down
  • No refund if denied
  • In most cases, no answers as to why you were denied

Apply here:

  • Global Entry (GOES) – $100 for 5 years, expedites border crossing in and out of USA, includes TSA Precheck, Nexus and Sentri
  • TSA Precheck – $85 for 5 years, no need to remove: Shoes, Laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, Belts & Light jackets, in many airports there is a separate line for TSA Precheck
  • Nexus – $50 for 5 years, expedites border crossings in and out of Canada
  • Sentri – $123 for 5 years, expedites border crossings in and out of Mexico
  • Flux  €121 for 1 year , expedites border crossing in and out of the Netherlands