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Global Entry for 1/2 price

This option is probably only viable for those who live in Northern states that border Canada, but I will share it for them.

A NEXUS card, originally designed to expedite border crossings between US and Canada only costs $50. There are two other advantages that come with this card. TSA pre-check and Global Entry. This is a significant savings over signing up with global entry for $100.

The NEXUS program does require an in person interview at selected locations. I have been pleased with quick border crossing to Canada, TSA pre-check status, and the use of Global Entry kiosks at any airport that has them available. I recently used this service in Houston, TX.

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I can't imagine this being any advantage for us. Border crossings take a couple minutes at the most where we cross, and hardly ever are there any cars in front of us. At the busy border crossings it might get your through faster, but that hasn't turned out to be an issue for us. On our last crossing the NEXUS lane was closed and there was a sign that it was only open during something like 8:AM to 5:PM whereas the regular crossing lane was open 24 hours.

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2954 posts

The point of the post is that Nexus provides Global Entry for 1/2 the price of applying for Global entry directly. If you never travel by air or internationally, you are correct- this card would be of little value to you......

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95 posts

How long is NEXUS good for? Global Entry is valid for 5 years for $100, equal to $20/year. Need to compare cost on a per year basis. Also, is that $50 in USD or Canadian dollars? If latter, it is about 1.26 Canadian to 1 USD right now.

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2954 posts

The NEXUS card is good for 5 years and that is $50 US.

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2762 posts

Carol----do you know how the NEXUS card works for crossing the border into Canada in a car at the Blaine or truck crossing border station? Does each person in the car have to have a NEXUS card to use the NEXUS line, or only the driver?

We go up to Whistler often enough this would be useful. Nthe Global,Entry and TSA-Pre would be a nice bonus. Thanks.

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86 posts

Yes, each passenger in a car must have their own card. Check the Nexus entry in Wikipedia for a list of border US-Canada crossing locations which participate in the program.

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2762 posts

Thanks, Carol. I know the border crossing we use (so-called truck customs but they take cars too) has a Nexus line. We have sat in the long line for 10-20 minutes watching the cars speed past in the Nexus line. I think it is Nexus for us next time!