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U.S. Global Entry option expanded in Canada
Many road warriors rely on U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry program to speed up their return to the country after an international trip, and a new expansion of the program is making that a lot easier for transborder travelers.
CBP has long operated pre-clearance facilities at major Canadian airports, so that returning citizens can clear U.S. customs and immigration before boarding their flight instead of after it arrives. And now Global Entry is available at all of those Canadian airports.
The eight pre-clearance airports that now have Global Entry kiosks include Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. The Global Entry trusted traveler program is available for U.S. citizens; Canadian citizens and permanent residents can also use the kiosks if they enroll in CBP’s NEXUS program and have their fingerprints and documents on file.
Interested parties can enroll in Global Entry or NEXUS online. A five-year membership in Global Entry costs $100 and requires applicants to submit to an in-person interview and provide their fingerprints.
For details on joining the Global Entry program, go to http://www.globalentry.gov; for information on NEXUS, the web address is http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/trusted_traveler/nexus_prog/nexus.xml.