U.S. Embassy, London
November 03, 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner (CBP) R. Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun and Director General of the Border Force Sir Charles Montgomery announced the expansion of Global Entry to UK citizens today at the World Travel Market. Global Entry allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. UK citizens can register for Global Entry beginning on December 3.
“CBP is excited to expand our partnership with the United Kingdom on this flagship program by offering Global Entry to UK citizens,” said Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “Through this cooperation, CBP’s Global Entry and the UK Border Force Registered Traveller programs will enhance security and better facilitate travel between our two countries.”
“The expansion of the Global Entry Service to British citizens is a testament to the close collaboration between our two countries. We have a mutual interest in operating safe and secure border controls, where legitimate, low-risk travellers are offered excellent levels of customer service,” added Sir Charles Montgomery. “Global Entry is a fantastic service that allows pre-checked British passengers quickly and securely to pass through U.S. border controls. I am very pleased that Border Force has played such an important role in enabling the service to be opened up to UK nationals.”
“The men and women who shuttle between our countries are the very links that keep our relationship so strong and vibrant,” said U.S. Ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun. “I’m delighted that the hard work of these two men- and their teams- has come to fruition.”
Currently available at 46 U.S. airports and 13 preclearance locations, Global Entry streamlines the screening process at airports for trusted travelers. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening program.
To register for Global Entry, UK citizens will apply through the UK Home Office website and pay a £42 processing fee. If the applicant passes the UK vetting, they will receive a “UK Access Code,” which will be entered when applying for Global Entry through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES). The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100 and applications must be made online. Once the application is approved, the applicant will schedule an interview with a CBP officer to determine the applicant’s eligibility.
In the UK, Registered Traveller allows regular travellers from a small number of non-EU countries, including the U.S., faster entry into the UK. For an annual fee, applicants undergo security checks in advance of travel meaning that, on arrival to the UK, they are able to use the EEA queues and e-Passport Gates upon their arrival, bypassing the lengthier queues for non-EEA passengers. There are now over 30,000 approved Registered Traveller members, 60 per cent of whom are from the U.S.
Further information on Registered Traveller is available on the www.gov.uk website.
For More Information:
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, +1 (202) 344-1780
- UK Border Force: Home Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
- U.S. Embassy London: Spokeswoman Kathryn Crockart, email@example.com
R. Gil Kerlikowske
R. Gil Kerlikowske was nominated by President Obama and sworn in on March 7, 2014 as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection taking the helm of the 60,000-employee agency with a budget of $12.4 billion. Mr. Kerlikowske oversees the dual U.S. Customs and Border Protection mission of protecting national security objectives while promoting economic prosperity and security. As Commissioner, he runs the largest federal law enforcement agency and second largest revenue collecting source in the federal government. Most recently, he served as Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Mr. Kerlikowske brings four decades of law enforcement and drug policy experience to the position. He was elected twice to be President of the Major Cities Chiefs, which represents the largest city and county law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. He has received numerous awards and recognition for leadership, innovation, and community service. He served in the U.S. Army where he was awarded the Presidential Service Badge.
Sir Charles Montgomery
Sir Charles Montgomery joined Border Force as director general in March 2013. Before joining Border Force, Sir Charles held the role of Vice Admiral – Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel and Training in the Royal Navy.
He has enjoyed a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, and has held a variety of sea-going and land-based roles, including Naval Secretary and Chief of Staff (Personnel), Head of the Maritime Warfare School and command of a major warship.
Sir Charles joined the Royal Navy through BRNC Dartmouth in 1973, spending his first three years in service at Sheffield University, gaining an honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
He was awarded KBE in the 2012 Queen’s birthday honours list.
Matthew W. Barzun
Matthew W. Barzun has been America’s ambassador to the UK since 2013. Previously he served as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden from 2009-2011. He was a pioneer in the early days of the internet, becoming the fourth employee of CNET Networks in 1993 and working there until 2004 in a variety of roles including Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President.
Before the President’s election in 2008, Ambassador Barzun was among the first to join Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee where he produced the first $25 per-person fundraiser and helped teach Obama University for campaign volunteers. President Obama selected him as National Finance Chair for his 2012 re-election campaign.
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