Global Entry Program
10 steps to accessing the U.S. Global Entry Program
Global Entry offers a range of advantages for entry to the United States of America. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) established the program to allow frequent travellers to the U.S.A. expedited entry to the country at select U.S. airports. Once accepted on the program, travellers can enter the country via an automatic kiosk, thus avoiding long queues and waiting times on arrival.
To participate in the program, travellers must undergo a police security check in Switzerland and the U.S.A. The pre-clearance check in Switzerland is carried out by fedpol.
If you are a Swiss national and would like to participate in the U.S. Global Entry Program, the procedure is as follows:
1. Declaration of Consent for security check
We require your consent to carry out a search on you in the police databases (RIPOL and SIS) and to disclose personal data to the U.S. authorities.
Please read and sign the Declaration of Consent. Do not forget to write your address on the declaration of consent.
2. Enclose a copy of your passport with the consent form
3. You will also require an up-to-date extract from the Swiss criminal records
Order your extract from the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) under the following link:
Criminal records excerpts
4. E-mail the documents to fedpol
Scan the signed Declaration of Consent, a copy of your passport and the uncertified criminal recordsʼ extract and send the documents in.
Alternatively you can also send us the documents by post tot he following address: Bundesamt für Polizei (fedpol), Abteilung Recht und Datenschutz, Global Entry Programm, Nussbaumstrasse 29, 3003 Bern.
Registrations for the pre-clearance check will be processed in chronological order.
5. Pre-clearance and notification by fedpol
If you are not registered in the police databases, you will receive written confirmation of this from fedpol and all your documents will be returned. On successful completion of pre-clearance by fedpol, you will be granted ‘Low Risk Traveler’ status.
If you are registered in the police databases, fedpol will notify you of this fact and return your documents. However, fedpol will not inform any national or international agencies of this result.
There is a charge of CHF 100 for the pre-clearance check in Switzerland. You will receive an invoice from fedpol with the pre-clearance results. The invoice is to be paid within 30 days.
7. Disclosing personal data to the U.S. authorities
If you do not figure in the police databases, fedpol will disclose your surname, first name(s), date of birth and passport number to the U.S. authorities.
Fedpol does not save personal data or gather data on individual preclearance cases.
8. Security check by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
If fedpol grants you Low Risk Traveler status, you can register with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a security check under the following link.
Global Online Enrollment System
If you register for the first time, please create a new account, as you are a “New GOES User”.
The U.S. authorities conduct their own security check and decide independently on whether you are definitely admitted to the program. The U.S. authorities charge a fee of USD 100.
9. Mandatory disclosure of biometric data to the U.S. authorities
Once you register on the CBP website you have 120 days to make an appointment with the U.S. authorities. If you do not arrange an appointment within this deadline, your participation in the program expires.
On next entering the U.S.A. you must submit your biometric data at the U.S. airport of entry. This means that your photograph and your fingerprints will be taken. This procedure is only conducted on first-time entry to the country.
10. Entering the U.S. as a Global Entry Program traveller
As a Global Entry Program traveller you can enter the U.S. using one of the automatic kiosks. Participation in the program is valid for five years and expires five years after your next birthday.
Global Entry travel expedites entry to the U.S.A. but is not a substitute for a U.S. visa or ESTA travel authorisation.
U.S. data protection regulations are different from those of Switzerland. Please be aware that personal data that has been disclosed to the U.S. authorities is no longer controlled by you or fedpol. Under U.S. legislation it may be forwarded to other U.S. agencies or processed by the border control authority for other purposes.
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