US Customs Begins Rolling Out Pre-clearance Kiosks at Canadian Airports
According to an announcement released by US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) last week, Global Entry kiosks are now available at preclearance locations at Vancouver International airport and Ottawa’s MacDonald-Cartier airport. The kiosks will also be available at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International and Montreal’s Trudeau International airports by September.
Kiosk placement at Canadian preclearance locations is part of the integration of the U.S. Global Entry and Canada’s NEXUS Trusted Traveler programs, which began in December 2010, when CBP published a notice announcing that NEXUS members could participate in Global Entry.
By deploying Global Entry kiosks in Canadian preclearance areas, Global Entry members will be able to take advantage of the program when returning to theU.S. from Canada. NEXUS members with Global Entry benefits have the option of using either the Global Entry or NEXUS kiosks in preclearance.
Global Entry is a voluntary program designed to streamline the international arrival process for pre-approved travelers through use of self-service kiosks, which are currently located at 20 major U.S. airports, and now at two inCanada. The program, in its pilot stages, is an alternative to regular passport processing procedures and allows members to bypass the regular line, which can reduce average wait times by 70 percent. To date, Global Entry kiosks have been used by members more than one million times.
Global Entry is available to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent U.S. residents. Canadian citizens and residents may participate in Global Entry through membership in the NEXUS program.
The program is also available to Mexican nationals and citizens of theNetherlands, who may also apply under a reciprocal arrangement that links Global Entry with the Dutch Privium program in Amsterdam.
For additional information on Global Entry and a complete list of available kiosk locations, please visit the following links: Global Entry, Kiosk Locations