Hurrah! Finally a USA travel policy that actually benefits me! Just over a week ago, it was officially announced that it would be extended to British, German, Korean and Qatari citizens.
If you’re a Dutch citizen, you would have already been eligible for USA’s Global Entry scheme, which allows you to fast-track through immigrations queues from international arrivals by using their automated kiosks. I’ve lost count of the amount of hours I’ve wasted in USA airports lining up at passport control.
I won’t cover the Korean or Qatari requirements, but to sign up there are the following pre-requisites:
- Dutch Citizens, you need to have joined FLUX;
- UK Citizens, you need to have completed a UK ACPO background check;
- German Citizens: You need to be a member of ABG Plus
After completing the pre-requisites you can apply for Global Entry here and you will need to pay the $100 application fee, then have an interview at one of the Enrollment Centers. It’ll only be after all the interview will you find out if your application has been successful, though unless you have a criminal record you are unlikely to be rejected.
Like most deals or purchases, you need to work out whether the amount of hours saved in queuing is actually worth your $100 plus all other expenses related to your application (easily can go over $200), but I can imagine it might benefit you most if you are a Tier Point runner (someone who does mileage runs for British Airways status) or if you travel to USA around 3+ or 4+ per year.
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