Probably the most famous traveler program for expedited border crossing. Global Entry helps you cut the line at customs at U.S. airports and land borders when you arrive, and includes TSA PreCheck, the Transportation Security Administration’s trusted-traveler program. A five-year Global Entry requires online pre-enrollment, as well as an in-person visit to an enrollment center for an interview, where you’ll have to verify your ID and be fingerprinted. Tells the background check is thorough: One of her clients was denied because of a bar fight in college that resulted in a misdemeanor assault charge.
If you travel between the United States and Canada,
this is the program for you. Nexus lets you cut the line at airports and land borders when entering the two countries.
It’s half the price of Global Entry but the requirements are similar – pre-enrollment, an interview and fingerprinting.
Nathan Smith, an American who lives in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario,
likes Nexus because it helps him avoid long waits at the border when he’s driving. If you’re an American, you get Global Entry benefits with your Nexus card.
“Also, it automatically qualifies you for PreCheck,” he says. If you are Canadian you lose no time this is the right program for you apply for
This trusted-traveler program allows expedited clearance for preapproved, low-risk travelers from southern land-border crossings.
The benefits and requirements are virtually the same as for Nexus, but the cost is $122.25 for five years.
If you have to cross the Mexican border in a car frequently, you should consider this program. Professional,
who runs an information site called GlobalTrustedTraveler, which helps travelers apply for trusted-traveler status,
knows the benefit of Sentri well. He says it saves him hours whenever he navigates one of the world’s busiest
land-border crossings at San Ysidro, California. But for American citizens, he says there may be a better path to the fast lanes.
“Sentri benefits are included with Global Entry membership,” he says.
“If you are a U.S. citizen and are thinking of using or wanting to use Sentri lanes, get Global Entry.”