British citizens to get new fast track entry to the US

by Ray Clancy on November 4, 2015

British passport holders considered a low risk will be able to fast track their arrival in the United States under a new global entry system.

But the privilege does not come cheap and a face to face interview needs to take place before a place is granted on the fast track scheme,

Statue-of-LibertyThe UK is the latest country to sign up for the new Global Entry Service for which citizens from the Netherlands, Germany and South Korea are already eligible.

It means that starting December 3, 2015 travellers who are part of the scheme with British passports will no longer have to queue on arrival at a US airport and use the automatic immigration kiosks provided at 46 arrival halls.

To get on the scheme British citizens will need to apply online and pay a processing fee of £42 to the UK government and £65 to the US government and attend an interview with a US customs officer before travelling.

The application to join has to be approved by the UK Home Office and applicants will then be given a code to access the global online enrolment system to confirm their membership, which is valid for five years.

The move is designed to encourage tourism and trade between the two countries, and follows similar agreements between the US and Germany, the Netherlands, Mexico, Panama and South Korea.

Sir Charles Montgomery, director general of the UK Border Force, who helped negotiate the deal, said that the expansion of the Global Entry Service to British citizens is a testament to the close collaboration between the 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,” said Montgomery.

The number of Britons arriving in the US increased by 3.6% to 3.97 million in 2014, out of a total of 75 million international visitors, according to US data.

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