The Global Entry Trusted Traveller Program has been extended to qualifying citizens of Singapore, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced. Singapore becomes the second country in Asia and seventh country overall whose citizens are eligible to enrol in Global Entry.
Successful applicants will benefit from expedited immigration and customs clearance when they enter the United States through a participating airport.
Singapore has extended reciprocal benefits to U.S. citizens. Qualified individuals can now enrol in the enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS), Singapore’s expedited entry program for pre-screened travellers.
How to Apply for Global Entry Membership
Singaporean citizens interested in Global Entry membership must set up an account in GOES (CBP's online application portal), complete an application, and pay a $100 non-refundable fee.
Applicants are subject to background checks and an in-person interview at a Global Entry Enrolment Centre. Once the background check is complete, CBP will notify applicants whether or not they have been accepted into the program.
Global Entry membership is valid for five years, though a violation of program rules could result in revocation of membership privileges.
Using Global Entry
Upon arrival to the United States, Global Entry members use an automated airport kiosk to undergo customs and immigration inspection. Members scan their passports, are fingerprinted and photographed, and complete an onscreen customs declaration. If a traveller clears automated inspection, the kiosk issues a transaction receipt and directs the traveller to baggage claim. Non-immigrants receive an I-94 arrival record from the kiosk. Those who do not clear automated inspection are referred to a CBP officer.
What This Means for Foreign Nationals
The long-awaited expansion of Global Entry will allow eligible Singaporean citizens to avoid long inspection lines and benefit from faster customs and immigration processing upon entry to the United States. They may also be eligible to be selected for expedited security screening at U.S. airports through the TSA Pre-Check program.