Global Entry Prepares to Restart Interviews Next Month
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Global Entry Prepares to Restart Interviews Next Month

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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):

global entry interview schedule 

As promised, Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) has plenty of interview slots available starting July 6.

global entry interview schedule 

The same is true at San Francisco (SFO).

global entry interview schedule 

And New York City (JFK), where New Yorkers are still prohibited from enrolling in the program – but outside residents could schedule an interview.

global entry interview schedule 

Across the bay in New Jersey, interviews open up as of early August at Newark (EWR).

global entry interview schedule 

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.


Bottom Line

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!


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3 Responses

  • As it happens, my husband and I had submitted applications for Global Entry and had received conditional approval with appointments prior to a trip to the UK in early March. We came home early – on 20 March, through JFK and tried to do the on the spot interview, and even though there were many TSA agents just sitting there-it was the slowest I have ever seen it – they refused. I continue to get multiple emails weekly about doing the unscheduled interview upon entry – not sure why. But I actually have an interview that had been scheduled for 7 July at SLC. I just checked and it has not been cancelled, so it looks like they are still planning to resume.

  • I have a long standing appointment in ATL on July 10. Do you think I should check before I go? It really seems almost impossible to try to call their office at the airport. I’ve been expired since December and first applied for renewal 1 year ago!! I would have just done it in customs, but all my trips have been cancelled. lol

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