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Global Entry Enrollment and Renewal Halts Indefinitely

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has closed all Trusted Traveler Program enrollment centers nationwide until at least May 1. Closure applies to enrollment centers for all four trusted-traveler programs: Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST. Mobile enrollment events are also suspended. Obviously, this is yet another casualty of the ongoing coronavirus onslaught against travel. 

If you’re considering enrollment, you’ll have to wait until the suspension is lifted. If you’re at the “conditionally approved” status pending an interview, you can’t schedule an interview at an enrollment center until the centers re-open. But you can complete the enrollment through an “Enrollment on Arrival” facility on arrival into the U.S. at any of the 60 participating airports. That is, of course, if you’re traveling right now—which most people are not.

CBP says it will keep applicants informed of re-opening schedules. You can see more information here.

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