Travelling to the US? This is how to skip the long immigration queues


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Getty ImagesGlobal Entry Program: Travellers to America can avoid long immigration queues

It’s no secret that travellers visiting the United States must be prepared to wait in long queues to enter the country.

In some cases, passengers have reported to wait up to three hours in immigration queues.

However, on landing at a US airport, Britons who are part of the Global Entry programme can avoid lengthy waits.

The Global Entry programme is a scheme set up by U.S. CBP that allows expedited clearances for “pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival in the United States”, the website states.

Instead of lining up and waiting (sometimes hours) for a normal passport kiosk, members can skip the queue by presenting themselves at designated ‘Global Entry’ kiosks. Here they will have their fingerprints scanned before processing.

However, this luxury comes at a cost - in both money and time. According to the U.S. CBP’s website: “All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrolment.”

For Britons to apply, “you’ll need a UK background check to apply. You can only get a UK background check if you’re a British citizen,” says HM Government website.

The UK background check costs £42 and will determine whether you are suitable for fast-track status.

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Global Entry Program: Visitors can pay to speed up entry to the USA