Global Entry Expands Eligibility to Taiwan Passport Holders
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection together with other US and Taiwan officials have announced that Taiwan passport holders are now eligible to apply for Global Entry. This took effect on November 1, 2017.
Currently, Global Entry is available in 54 U.S airports and 15 Preclearance locations around the world. It expedites the international arrivals process in the airport as it bypasses traditional CBP inspection lines and uses automated kiosks. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening program.
John Norris, Managing Director of the American Institute in Taiwan, looks forward to stronger ties with Taiwan. He said to Taipei Times that Taiwan’s inclusion in the Global Entry program and its continuing membership in the US’ Visa Waiver Program signifies the “strong, trusted partnership between Taiwan and the US”.
Taiwan reciprocated the Global Entry eligibility by including US passport holders in Taiwan’s eGate program. It also took effect on Nov. 1, which marks the fifth anniversary of Taiwan’s inclusion in the visa waiver program in 2012.
Who are eligible to apply?
Aside from US citizens and lawful permanent residents, citizens of Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and now Taiwan, are all eligible to apply for the Global Entry Program.
How to apply for Global Entry?
Applying for Global Entry is easy.
- Simply go to the CBP website to create a Trusted Traveler Program account. Detailed instructions are provided.
- After completing the application, the $100 non-refundable fee must be paid.
- The completed application will be reviewed and once approved, an interview may be scheduled with a CBP officer. Global Entry has over 90 interview locations.
- A valid form of identification (e.g. driver’s license) together with the passport must be presented at the interview.