The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Bureau has filed a new regulation for comment that proposes to raise the cost of Global Entry from $100 to $120. It would also change the cost of SENTRI (US-Mexico crossings) to $120, and indicates they’ll be separately filing to raise the NEXUS fee to $120 as well.
Along with this price increase comes two positive changes,
- Expanding Global Entry to immigration pre-clearance facilities and certain US territories (or at least make the rules consistent with practice)
- Making applications free for children under 18 if they either file with their parents, or their parents are already approved.
Global Entry provides for expedited immigration and customers processing for people who have gone through screening, fingerprinting and an interview, and includes TSA PreCheck airport security. I’ve been in the program since early 2013. Here’s all the ways you risk losing access.
There are 16 locations across 6 countries where you clear immigration and customers before flying to the U.S. and those should eventually be added as Global Entry locations: Dublin and Shannon (Ireland); Aruba; Freeport and Nassau (Bahamas); Bermuda; Abu Dhabi; Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg (Canada). Many have Global Entry now and CBP wants to make that legal,
CBP is also proposing several additional minor changes to 8 CFR 235.12. First, CBP is proposing some language changes to reflect the expansion of Global Entry to preclearance facilities at foreign locations. Because Global Entry now operates in some U.S. territories and preclearance facilities outside the United States, CBP is proposing to remove references to “expedited entry into the United States” and replace them with “dedicated CBP processing.”
CBP says that 170,292 minors and 1,976,781 adults enrolled in Global Entry in 2019. Including family for free will be a savings that more than offsets this increase for families who have even one child they want to enroll in the program.
Comments on the new rule are open through November 9, 2020. Then CBP will need to respond to these before promulgating a final rule to implement these changes, so the date when they’re likely to go into effect is not yet certain.
I’ve reached out to several credit card issuers to inquire about their plans to adjust rewards card benefits for this change to Global Entry. Many travel-oriented rewards cards will rebate the fee to apply for Global Entry (once every four or five years) and will need to increase the amount they’ll rebate to account for the price increase.
(HT: John L.)