Global Entry is a must-have for any international traveler. It gets you a quick trip through airport security with a TSA PreCheck membership and a fast pass through customs and immigration when returning to the U.S. from abroad, too.
But Global Entry enrollment (as well as other traveler programs like NEXUS and SENTRI) has been put on hold throughout the coronavirus pandemic as the federal government paused in-person interviews, the final step in signing up. Interviews were initially suspended just through May 1, but that pause was extended until June 1. And then again through July 6.
Now, there are signs that Customs and Border Protection is preparing to re-open for interviews in July. The agency has notified at least some applicants that interviews will resume early next month – and that the window to schedule those appointments will open today.
It’s unclear whether this is happening nationwide – a Customs and Border Protection spokesman had no update as of Tuesday evening. And as of publication, there were still no appointments available at many enrollment centers.
Yet other major airports nationwide show wide-open availability to schedule a Global Entry interview starting early next month. Here’s a look at Miami (MIA):
As promised, Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) has plenty of interview slots available starting July 6.
The same is true at San Francisco (SFO).
And New York City (JFK), where New Yorkers are still prohibited from enrolling in the program – but outside residents could schedule an interview.
Across the bay in New Jersey, interviews open up as of early August at Newark (EWR).
The list goes on. These interview slots are filling up fast: Just as I wrote this post, many days disappeared from the schedule as travelers eager to finalize their enrollment (or Global Entry renewal) jump on the first chance to get into an enrollment center.
There’s still no guarantee that Global Entry enrollment will unfreeze next month. But this is a promising sign.
Jump on an interview slot fast while you can!