USA TSA PreCheck vs. Global Entry

I don't quite understand whether Global Entry is something American Citizens need to do. I already have the TSA PreCheck number. It seems that Global Entry is for people coming to the US who are not citizens. Can anyone clarify this for me? Should I get the Global Entry pass?


Posted by Christi
Whitsett, TX, United States
907 posts

With Global Entry you can use the Kiosks when entering US - PLUS TSA Pre check

Benefits for Global Entry Members Global Entry kiosk

Your time is valuable. As a pre-screened Global Entry member, you arrive in the United States, check-in at the Global Entry kiosk - and you're on your way. So what are you waiting for?

Why Should I Join?

No processing lines
No paperwork
Access to expedited entry benefits in other countries
Available at major U.S. airports
Reduced wait times

Posted by Laura
Virginia, USA
3415 posts

TSA Precheck lets you go through a security line where you don't have to take off your shoes or remove your laptop out of the case. Sometimes the line is faster.

Global Entry is for U.S. citizens. It is optional. If you sign up and qualify, it lets you skip the immigration and customs queues when you return to the U.S. Instead, you go to a kiosk, scan your passport, put your fingers on the fingerprint reader, and answer a few customs questions electronically. You get a receipt which you hand to customs when you exit. You can use you Global Entry number to qualify for TSA precheck.

Posted by Patty
Steilacoom, WA, USA
721 posts

I am not sure what other countries offer expedited entry benefits, bit I would say that if you travel at least once a year internationally, it's worth it. You stick your passport into the scanner, answer a few standard questions, get a receipt, turn it in and off you go. It's especially nice if you have connecting flights.

We live near a major airport without an overload of applications, so it was easy to get our appointment once we had clearance. My son-in- law scheduled his appointment during a business trip here because the wait at his "home" airport was several months. Others seem to be doing the same thing.


Posted by Toni
Charlotte, NC, USA
3136 posts

as others have said, Global Entry is only for US citizens. It gives you automatic PreCheck approval. It gives you fast tracked (REALLY fast) re-entry into the US when you arrive home from abroad. And there is only the one time $100 fee (you have to renew every 5 years, but as I understand it, there is no cost to renewal).

Posted by Christi
Whitsett, TX, United States
907 posts

Actually not just for US Citizens From the site:

Can I join Global Entry if I am not a U.S. citizen or U.S. lawful permanent resident?

Global Entry is also available to citizens of the Netherlands who are enrolled in Privium and Korean Smart Entry Service members. Citizens of Mexico may also apply for Global Entry. Canadian NEXUS members have Global Entry benefits, but are not eligible to join.

Are all U.S. visa classifications eligible for participation in Global Entry?

If your country has a bilateral trusted traveler arrangement with CBP, you may participate in Global Entry provided you are not entering the U.S. under one of the following visa categories: There is a long list of the Visa types here

There are other programs for other countries listed here

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
14140 posts

Not sure if you have received a clean answer.

Global Entry is part of the trusted traveler program that immigration and customs operate. It is an quick entry system for entering the US. Generally bypasses long lines for passport check at immigrations. Also has a special line at customs. Mostly US citizens but others qualify. It is a $100 for 5 years. It requires an on-line application and interview by a immigration officers at certain airports in the US. A side benefit is automatic enrollment in the TSA PreCheck at no additional cost. It also includes passport cards that can be used for land entry at the Canadian and Mexican border.

The TSA Precheck program is a TSA program to let qualified travelers through security with less screening than the normal traveler. I think the price is $80 for five years.

Posted by Ed
9110 posts

If GE gives out passport cards, I've once again been screwed by my government.
Is there a complaint department other than the voting booth?

Posted by JH
Raleigh, NC, USA
44 posts

Global Entry doesn't give out passport cards. In fact, you have to have a passport to apply for Global Entry.

Posted by Tim
Wyckoff, NJ, USA
1399 posts

It doesn't preempt anything discussed here, but you might be interested in efforts to reduce costs (?) by reducing human contact at the Immigration re-entry point for U.S. citizens. Here's a recent discussion:

If they find that it works, it may shorten the lines, as well as reduce costs. I've been lucky enough not to have had any really awful lines upon return to Newark or New York. Personally, I don't care to be fingerprinted, so I haven't enrolled in any of these programs. But, the more I travel, the more I get the "TSA Pre" printing on my boarding pass. At least it seems that way.