U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will extend its shutdown of enrollment centers until at least July 6, cutting off in-person interviews for Global Entry and other programs, the agency confirmed to Thrifty Traveler on Tuesday.
Enrollment centers have been shut down since early March as the federal government tries to curb the spread of coronavirus, but they were previously been set to re-open on June 1. This latest delay puts most enrollment in Global Entry and other programs like Nexus and Sentri on pause until at least July. An in-person interview at an enrollment center is the last step to finalizing Global Entry registration.
“CBP is taking this precautionary measure to minimize the exposure of the public and CBP personnel to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19),” the agency said in a statement. “CBP will continue to monitor the situation in order to resume enrollment center interviews as soon as possible.”
The agency is still processing applications – just not performing interviews. Anyone with a Global Entry interview scheduled between now and July 6 will need to reschedule.
Global Entry applicants can continue using Enrollment on Arrival at select airports to finalize your enrollment when arriving from an international flight.
With interviews on hold, the agency is also giving applicants more time to finalize that interview. You now have 485 days (about 16 months) to do so – up from the previous year-long window CBP gave applicants before an application would lapse with no possibility of a refund.
Current Global Entry members also have more time to get renewed. In March, the agency extended the grace period to 18 months to continue using Global Entry and TSA PreCheck, so long as you’re in the queue for renewal.
If you’re trying to get Global Entry during this lull in travel, you’ll likely have to wait a bit longer.