10 steps to accessing the U.S. Global Entry Program
Global Entry offers a range of advantages for entry to the United States of America. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) established the program to allow frequent travellers to the U.S.A. expedited entry to the country at select U.S. airports. Once accepted on the program, travellers can enter the country via an automatic kiosk, thus avoiding long queues and waiting times on arrival.
To participate in the program, travellers must undergo a police security check in Switzerland and the U.S.A. The pre-clearance check in Switzerland is carried out by fedpol.
If you are a Swiss national and would like to participate in the U.S. Global Entry Program, the procedure is as follows:
1. Declaration of Consent for security check
We require your consent to carry out a search on you in the police databases (RIPOL and SIS) and to disclose personal data to the U.S. authorities.
Please read and sign the Declaration of Consent. Do not forget to write your address on the declaration of consent.
2. Enclose a copy of your passport with the consent form
3. You will also require an up-to-date extract from the Swiss criminal records
Order your extract from the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) under the following link:
Criminal records excerpts
Your criminal records’ extract should have been issued within the last three months
4. Pre-payment of fees
There is a charge of CHF 100 for the pre-clearance procedure in Switzerland. Please make the appropriate payment to the following account:
|Recipient:||Bundesamt für Polizei, 3003 Bern|
|IBAN:||CH34 0900 0000 8967 5231 2|
|Bank:||PostFinance, Mingerstrasse 20, 3014 Bern|
Enclose confirmation of payment with the other documents to be submitted (see point 5).
5. Submitting documents
Scan the signed Declaration of Consent, a copy of your passport, the criminal recordsʼ extract, and confirmation of payment. Then send us the documents using the following form:
Applications will be processed in chronological order.
6. Pre-clearance and notification
If you are not registered in the police databases, you will be considered as a ‘Low Risk Traveler’.
If you are registered in the police databases, you will not be authorized to participate in the Global Entry Program.
In either case, you will be notified in writing by fedpol.
7. Disclosing personal data
If you pass the pre-clearance stage and are granted Low Risk Traveler status, fedpol will disclose your surname, first name(s), date of birth, and passport number to the U.S. authorities.
8. Security check by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
If fedpol grants you Low Risk Traveler status, you can register with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a security check under the following link.
Trusted Traveler Programs
When registering for the first time, create a new account using the ‘Get started’ button.
The U.S. authorities conduct their own security check and decide independently on whether you are definitely admitted to the program. The U.S. authorities charge a fee of USD 100.
9. Mandatory disclosure of biometric data in the U.S.A.
Once you register on the CBP website you must make an appointment with the U.S. authorities (recommended: 30 days). If you do not arrange an appointment within 120 days, your participation in the program expires.
On next entering the U.S.A. you will be required to submit your biometric data at the U.S. airport of entry. This means that your photograph and your fingerprints will be taken. This procedure is only conducted on first-time entry to the country.
10. Entering the U.S. as a Global Entry Program traveler
As a Global Entry Program traveler you can enter the U.S. using one of the automatic kiosks. Participation in the program is valid for five years and expires five years after your next birthday.
Global Entry travel expedites entry to the U.S.A. but is not a substitute for a U.S. visa or ESTA travel authorization.
U.S. data protection regulations are different from those of Switzerland. Please be aware that personal data that has been disclosed to the U.S. authorities is no longer controlled by you or fedpol. Under U.S. legislation it may be forwarded to other U.S. agencies or processed by the border control authority for other purposes.
Last modification 13.07.2020