CBP and Mexican Migration Institution Commissioners Enroll in Trusted Traveler Programs

Global Entry and Programa Viajero Confiable Provide Expedited Entry for Pre-Approved Travelers

Mexico City, December 9, 2015 — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner (CBP) R. Gil Kerlikowske enrolled today in the Mexico Trusted Traveler Program, Programa Viajero Confiable, and Mexican Migration Institute Commissioner Ardelio Vargas enrolled in the U.S. program, Global Entry. Both officials will now receive expedited clearance upon arrival in the United States and Mexico.

“I’m excited to join Mexico’s Programa Viajero Confiable and begin enjoying the benefits of expedited entry into Mexico,” said Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “U.S. and Mexico both understand the benefits of Trusted Traveler Programs.  As partners and neighbors, these programs allow frontline personnel to focus on unknown travelers while facilitating low-risk travelers benefitting our economies while maintaining our security mission.”

Currently available at 46 U.S. airports and 13 preclearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the screening process at airports for trusted travelers. The program has more than 2.5 million members enrolled now, including more than 77,000 Mexican Nationals. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening program. Mexican nationals are eligible to apply for Global Entry.

Individuals can apply for Global Entry online at CBP’s Global Online Enrollment System.  Applicants must have a valid passport, pay a non-refundable $100 application fee, undergo a background investigation with fingerprint check, and complete an in-person interview with a CBP officer. Global Entry membership is good for five years.

Programa Viajero Confiable, similar to Global Entry, allows for expedited processing of pre-approved, low-risk travelers at designated airports in Mexico via the use of automated kiosks. Kiosks are available at Mexico City International Airport, Cancun International Airport and the San José del Cabo International airport.

To apply for Programa Viajero Confiable, U.S. citizens must be Global Entry members, at least 18 years of age, have a valid passport, and pay an application fee. Membership is valid for five years and an interview is required at a Viajero Confiable enrollment center.

While the goal of Global Entry is to speed travelers through the process, no traveler is guaranteed expedited screening and members may be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions will result in appropriate enforcement action and revocation of the traveler’s membership privileges.