From CBP: U.S. Customs and Border Protection announces a reciprocal arrangement with Germany for each nation’s trusted traveler program—the U.S. Global Entry program and the German EasyPASS. Global Entry and EasyPASS allow expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers.
“CBP is pleased to further our partnership with Germany by offering
Global Entry to German citizens,” said Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske.
“Global Entry and the German EasyPASS program allow our officers to
focus more on travelers we do not know while at the same time
efficiently and securely facilitating low-risk travelers.”
Currently available at 42 U.S. airports and 12 preclearance locations, Global Entry
streamlines the screening process at airports for trusted travelers.
More than 1.8 million members are enrolled in Global Entry and
approximately 50,000 new applications for the program are filed monthly.
As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to
participate in the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening program.
is an automated border control system available to registered
third-country nationals when entering Germany. EasyPASS uses eGates as a
simple, quick and convenient alternative to traditional border
controls. The automated border control system is easy to operate and
allows for quicker processing at border crossings. The system does not
replace manual border checks, but is an additional service.
U.S. citizens, U.S nationals and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for Global Entry as well as citizens of certain countries
with which CBP has trusted traveler arrangements, including Mexico, the
Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, and now Germany. Canadian
citizens and residents enrolled in NEXUS may also use Global Entry.
To register for EasyPASS, U.S. citizens must visit an enrollment
center operated by the German Federal Police in Germany. Enrollment
centers for EasyPASS can be found in Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport and
in Terminal 2 at Munich Airport. To qualify, U.S. citizens must have an
electronic passport (epassport) and be at least 18 years of age.
To register for Global Entry, German citizens
must first preregister with the German Federal Police at an EasyPASS
enrollment center in Germany. After preregistering, the German Federal
Police will notify CBP that the applicant is eligible to apply for
Global Entry using the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES).
The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry
membership is $100 and applications must be made online.
application is approved, the applicant will schedule an interview with a
CBP officer to determine the applicant’s eligibility. German citizen
Global Entry members will have to reregister for Global Entry with the
German Federal Police after their second year of membership.
While the goal of Global Entry is to speed travelers through the
process, members may be selected for further examination when entering
the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions
will result in appropriate enforcement action and revocation of the
traveler’s membership privileges.
CBP continues to maximize resources to support a 16 percent growth in
international air arrivals since 2009. CBP is working to bring advances
in technology and automation, such as Automated Passport Control kiosks, the Mobile Passport Control app and the I-94 form
automation, to the passenger processing environment while exploring
public-private partnerships to help support current and future mission