Global Entry vs TSA Precheck
There’s a difference, but if you’re a global traveler, is there really a choice?
The Top 4 Reasons You Want Global Entry
- For international travelers with Global Entry, there’s little-to-no line at customs, and instead of meeting with a customs agent, you just scan your documents at the kiosk and are on your way.
- It costs $100 (non-refundable) to apply for Global Entry, and that fee covers you for five years but some credit cards cover the cost.
- Travelers approved for Global Entry ALSO get TSA PreCheck.
- TSA PreCheck expedites your security process when entering the airport, whereas Global Entry eases your customs experience when returning to the U.S. AND gives you TSA Precheck — and it only costs $15 more.
What is Global Entry?
Global Entry in the very simplest of terms, is a way to not stand in the customs line when coming back into the U.S.
Travelers who have gone through the Global Entry application and screening process are able to enter the U.S. after a quick check-in at an electronic kiosk. There are no customs lines, no paperwork and you end up with your luggage and faster.
How is Global Entry Different From TSA PreCheck?
TSA PreCheck expedites your security process when entering the airport.
Global Entry eases your customs experience when returning to the U.S.
However, Global Entry travelers qualify for PreCheck as a perk of their Global Entry status.
Global Entry essentially gets you PreCheck and then some—and it only costs $15 more than TSA PreCheck alone.
Read the Global Entry Info Guide here.
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Kimberlee Evans, Owner
Originally serving the Colleyville, Keller, Grapevine, and Southlake, TX areas, An Extraordinary Traveler is now serving clients nationwide.