Corporate Corner: Trusted Traveler Options for Business Travel

Corporate Corner: Trusted Traveler Options for Business Travel

September 26, 2019

Frequent business travelers may want to consider taking advantage of “trusted traveler” programs to cut down on the time spent in long airport security and U.S. Customs lines. A trusted traveler program provides pre-approval to low-risk travelers for entering the United States.

In addition to the usual vetting as part of the application process, prospective trusted travelers may have their publicly available online postings and social media accounts scrutinized. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lists current application processing times as 3-5 months (Global Entry), 3-5 months (NEXUS), and 8-10 months (SENTRI). CBP notes that the vetting process cannot be expedited, so it’s important to allow sufficient time for processing well before trusted traveler status is needed.

Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI are CBP programs. U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents with NEXUS and SENTRI memberships can obtain TSA Pre boarding passes by entering the PASSID membership number in the known traveler number field when making airline reservations.

Below are highlights of the various programs available, including TSA Pre, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST.

TSA Pre

Cost: $85

Type: Travel by air

Eligibility: U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents

Benefits: No need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts, or light jackets; expedited security screening (five minutes or fewer in most cases); operating at more than 200 airports and more than 60 participating airlines; children may accompany a parent in the designated lanes

 

Global Entry

Cost: $100

Type: Travel by air, land, and sea

Eligibility: U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and select foreign nationals

Benefits: Includes TSA Pre; reduced wait times with self-serve kiosks at more than 75 airports; no paperwork to be filled out by hand

 

NEXUS

Cost: $50

Type: Travel by air, land, and sea

Eligibility: U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents, and Mexican nationals

Benefits: Expedited vehicle/pedestrian entrance into the United States or Canada; expedited marine entry into the United States from Canada; access to TSA Pre expedited security lanes at airports within the United States and U.S. territories for U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and Canadian citizens

 

SENTRI

Cost: $122.50

Type: Travel by air and land

Eligibility: U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and all foreign nationals

Benefits: Expedited vehicle/pedestrian entrance into the United States from Canada and Mexico; access to TSA Pre expedited security lanes at airports within the United States and U.S. territories for U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents

 

FAST

Cost: $50

Type: Travel for commercial trucks

Eligibility: U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents, and Mexican nationals

Benefits: Expedited Customs processing for commercial carriers; the ability to use designated FAST lanes to more quickly transport goods into the United States.

Note: FAST North provides full benefits at both borders. If an applicant is approved for FAST North, they may not need to apply for FAST South. However, if an applicant is approved for FAST South, they will need to apply again for FAST North for FAST processing into Canada.

 

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By | 2019-09-26T00:12:59+00:00 September 26th, 2019|Corporate Corner, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal|Comments Off on Corporate Corner: Trusted Traveler Options for Business Travel

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