Global Entry gets you through border control faster at some airports in the USA.

You’ll need a UK background check to apply. You can only get a UK background check if you’re a British citizen.

Once you’ve got Global Entry membership you:

  • won’t need to queue to speak to a Customs and Border Protection officer
  • can use the Global Entry lane with electronic check in

You’ll still need a visa or ESTA.

If you have a Green Card, apply for Global Entry directly with the USA - you don’t need a UK background check.

How to apply for Global Entry

  1. Complete the UK background check. It costs £42 - you must pay with a debit or credit card. You’ll also need your passport with ‘British citizen’ on the photo page. You’ll find out if you’ve passed in 10 working days.

  2. If you pass the UK background check, you’ll need to complete the US Customs check. It costs $100. You’ll find out if you’ve passed in 2 weeks.

  3. If you pass the US Customs check, you’ll need to go to an interview within 6 months at an enrolment centre in the USA.

Global Entry membership lasts for 5 years. You won’t get a refund for any of the fees, even if you fail the checks.

You can register for someone else if you have their permission. You must have parental responsibility for them if they’re under 18.