On August 2, 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") announced that Global Entry kiosks were now available at CBP pre-clearance at the Vancouver International Airport and at Ottawa's MacDonald-Cartier Airport, and that they would be available at Montreal's Trudeau and Pierson International Airports by the end of September 2011.
The CBP established its Global Entry program as a mechanism to streamline the international arrival process for pre-approved travelers. The program was initiated in December 2010, with the goal of expanding it to 20 major U.S. airports. It is available to American citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents. Citizens of the Netherlands may apply under a special reciprocal arrangement that links Global Entry with the Dutch Privium program. Canadian citizens and residents now can participate through membership in the Canadian NEXUS Trusted Traveler program.
Applications for Global Entry first must be submitted online. A non-refundable fee of $100 is collected at that time for a five-year membership. Applicants then must submit to an in-person interview at any Global Entry enrollment center, where fingerprints also will be taken. Once enrolled, Global Entry members may proceed directly to the kiosks in the inspection area, where they insert their passport or green card, provide digital fingerprints for comparison, answer a customs declaration, and then present the transaction receipt to the CBP officer. For more information about the Global Entry program, please visit its website at: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/.