U.S. Extends Global Entry Program to Mexican citizens
The United States government recently announced that it is opening its trusted traveler program, Global Entry, to Mexican citizens who are visiting the United States. Mexican travelers to the U.S. will be able to visit automated kiosks at a variety of different international airports to undergo procedures for the Global Entry program. U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne stated, “Our Customs and Border Protection agency is supporting the National Migration Institute in the development of a Global Entry program for Mexico, which we expect to be launched in the first six months of 2012.”
Under the Global Entry program, Mexican travelers will be granted entry into the United Stated “in a minimum amount of time.” However, the Global Entry program will have strict rules and measures to follow, in addition to stringent membership qualifications. Applicants to the visitation program should not have a criminal record of any kind and will need to pay a fee of $100 to apply. Automated kiosks currently exist in 20 airports within the United States. However, Wayne stated that in the next year, they will appear in Mexico City and Los Cabos, too. Mexico’s tourism secretary, Glorida Guevara, stated, “It speaks of confidence in our country, but above all it’s a great opportunity we’re being given.” This initiative is an important step in the imperative relationship between the U.S. States and Mexico. Applications can be completed at: http://www.globalentry.gov.