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Global Entry Program Hits

Major Milestone

December 13, 2013

  © Houston Airport System
  Houston has three Global Entry enrollment centers available to applicants.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that one million people have been given the ‘trusted traveler’ designation through the Global Entry program.

In June 2008, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) was chosen as one of the first airports in the nation to launch the program and has now enrolled more than 90,000 travelers.

“IAH is one of the largest passenger gateways in the nation, and Global Entry allows us to offer our international travelers a more convenient and efficient passenger experience,” said Tim Joniec, Governmental Affairs & International Business Development Director with the Houston Airport System. “Public response from the program has been overwhelmingly positive. CBP processes over 100 Global Entry applicants per day at our three enrollment centers and we look forward to adding the program at Hobby once international travel begins there.”

Global Entry is a CBP program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon their arrival in the United States. The non-refundable application fee is only $100 and if approved, provides a five-year membership. The program is currently open to U.S. Citizens, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, Mexican nationals, as well as certain Dutch, Canadian and South Korean citizens.

In Houston, the process takes only a few minutes. Members simply bypass the traditional lines in the Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility and process themselves at the conveniently located automated kiosks. The membership is intended for frequent international travelers, but the U.S. government does not set a minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the trusted traveler program.

IAH consistently ranks in the top three for program enrollment and kiosk usage among airports in the nation. Enrollments in 2013 have increased 75 percent over last year.

In February, Houston welcomed a new satellite office in City Hall to meet the growing demands for the service from the local business community. The satellite office allows applicants to conduct their scheduled interview and program review in a centrally convenient location in downtown Houston. The other two enrollment centers are inside IAH.

For information about Global Entry, visit To learn more about the satellite office, visit

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