The US Department of Homeland Security has launched a Trusted Traveller comparison tool that helps applicants find the best programme for them according to their travel preferences and citizenship.
More than 10 million low-risk travelers currently receive expedited clearance as members of one of the five Trusted Traveler Programs: TSA Pre✓™, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST.
Membership in DHS Trusted Traveler Programs has grown by 169 percent since 2014 from more than 4 million members to more than 10.8 million members, according to the department. During that period, Global Entry membership, the largest DHS Trusted Traveler Program, grew approximately 141 percent—from more than 1.6 million members to more than 4 million members.
“The DHS Trusted Traveler Programs interactive tool will help travelers feel confident about their decision regarding which program is right for them,” said TSA Acting Deputy Administrator Gary Rasicot. “We will continue to focus on increasing participation in TSA Pre✓®, with the goal of providing expedited screening to a majority of the traveling public.”
Global Entry kiosks are located in 52 US airports and 15 Pre-clearance airports where members are processed in about a minute. US citizens and US Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for Global Entry as well as citizens of countries with which CBP has trusted traveler arrangements, including Colombia, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Global Entry members also receive the added benefit of being pre-eligible to participate in TSA Pre✓™.
NEXUS was launched in 2000 as a joint effort between CBP and the Canada Border Services Agency. NEXUS members experience expedited clearance into both the United States and Canada. NEXUS members enjoy the benefits of Global Entry at no additional cost by using the automated kiosks for entry at participating airports and also receive TSA Pre✓™ benefits.
For all of the programs, prospective applicants have to submit an initial application online. Once conditionally approved, the applicant must schedule and attend an in-person interview to finalize their enrollment. Trusted Traveler memberships are valid for 5 years.