On Feb. 12, Washington, DC’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) became the first airport to offer global entry interviews for travelers departing the United States for international flights, the airport confirmed to TPG.
“The office is open for interviews beginning at noon today,” an airport spokeswoman said via email, marking the first airport where people can interview for Global Entry both upon arrival and now upon departure.
While this service has until now been reserved for applicants returning to the United States, conditionally approved applicants now have the option to complete the final step of the application process prior to their international flight at IAD.
Departure Enrollment will be available daily from noon to 8pm at Gate B41 of IAD in Terminal B. To qualify, travelers must be conditionally approved for Global Entry and be in the final step of the application process: completing an in-person interview.
Although this feature is currently only available at IAD, travelers can continue to participate in Enrollment on Arrival, which allows conditionally approved applicants to complete the Global Entry Enrollment interview as part of the immigration process at the airport after returning to the United States from abroad. .
Enrollment on arrival is currently available at more than 60 airports worldwide. For both options, you’ll need a US passport and any other applicable proof of residency documents, such as a mortgage statement or rent stub.
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Both services are particularly helpful in providing travelers with a convenient interview option, especially when interview appointments are difficult to secure.
Global Entry is a US Customs and Border Protection program that facilitates expedited entry into the US for pre-approved, low-risk travelers through automated kiosks at 75-plus airports across the US and select pre-clearance locations overseas. When entering the United States at participating airports, Global Entry members present their machine-readable passport or US permanent resident card, place their fingers on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration. Facial recognition speeds up the process at some airports, eliminating the need to show an officer a printed receipt before exiting the baggage claim area.
A Global Entry membership is valid for five years and includes a TSA PreCheck membership. Before you apply, keep in mind that there are a whole host of credit cards that reimburse cardholders the $100 application fee associated with Global Entry.