• The Global Entry Program is a “trusted traveler” program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States and in participating foreign partner countries.
  • In May 2011, Qatari Interior Ministry officials traveled to Washington to meet US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and to discuss Qatari citizen participation in the Global Entry Program. If a Global Entry partnership moves forward, Qatar could be the first country in the Middle East to offer Global Entry benefits to its citizens.
  • Qatar seeks a Global Entry partnership as part of its effort to develop innovative travel enterprises that enhance security and improve efficiencies at the New Doha International Airport. Possible Qatari citizen participation in Global Entry demonstrates that enhancing security and improving efficiencies makes sense for all participants.
  • CBP continues to formalize trusted traveler partnerships with other countries as part of the Fast Low-Risk Universal Crossing (FLUX) Alliance. In April 2011, CBP and the South Korean Immigration Service signed a joint statement agreeing to integrate Global Entry with South Korea’s Smart System program. South Korea joins the Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, and Canada as countries that have formalized Global Entry partnerships with the United States.
  • Overall, trusted traveler programs (including Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST) reached 1 million members in May 2011. In comments to the US Chamber of Commerce in December 2010, CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin set a goal of increasing membership in these programs to 3.5 million by December 2013.