Can I Still Apply for Global Entry After the Coronavirus?

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The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the travel industry in innumerable ways — and on a global scale. Over 200 countries imposed travel restrictions in response to the virus, which created a cascade effect of ramifications and limitations on everything from worldwide tourism to airlines. While these disruptions are projected to affect various industries for years to come, U.S. government agencies that handle travel and security protocols also responded to the pandemic with restrictions of their own.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which is responsible for controlling and monitoring the movement of people into and out of the country, is one of these agencies. It implements the Global Entry program, which allows expedited clearance and entry into the U.S. for pre-approved, low-risk travelers via kiosks located at certain airports. Due to coronavirus-related travel regulations, the Global Entry program’s operations were suspended for months — but they’re due to resume on September 8, 2020. Learn more about the implications this pause has had on worldwide travel and the enrollment process, along with disruptions to Global Entry’s parent program.