Most people know how to speed through customs and security in their home country. But were you aware that you can speed through foreign borders, too? There are many countries who have expediting programs such as Global Entry. Many citizens in the United States can sign up for this.
We will now have a look at a few ways you can skip through the line and get ahead in various countries.
The Netherlands: Privium
Only United States citizens who are members of Global Entry can use this program. The program allows members to get ahead at the security checkpoint at one of the biggest airports in the world. They will also get through the customs a lot faster. Privium comes with access to free Wi-Fi, snacks, priority parking, members lounge, and business class check-in. These members can use this program with well over a dozen airlines. A basic plan is $130 for one year while the Plus plan is $220 a year.
United Kingdom: Registered Traveler
United States citizens who are 18 years old and older who have a visa and have been to the United Kingdom no fewer than four times in the last twelve months can take advantage of this program. This program allows them to use all express entry lanes at nine British airports. These airports include Gatwick and Heathrow as well. Registered Travelers can also take advantage of their status in Paris, Brussels, Lille, and other Eurostar terminals. The cost for this is approximately $100 and you can be apply for it online.
New Zealand and Australia: Smartgate
Only United States citizens who are 16 years old and over and Australians who are 12 years and older can use this program for New Zealand. How it works is they are given access to have there passport scanned at an automated portal rather than being screened in person. There are no prerequisites for enrolling; all you need to do is look for the SmartGate signs.
Mexico: Viajero Confiable Mexico
United States citizens who are members of Global Entry may use this program. They can gain expedited entry through automated kiosks at all airports. All they need to do is apply online and schedule an in-person interview. At this interview these individuals will be photographed and have their fingerprints taken. Costs $80 for five years.
This program is available for United States citizens who are 18 years old and over. This program allows members to skip through the immigration booths at the following airports: Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Dusseldorf. They can go ahead to the eGates and have their passports scanned for entry. To apply for this, you will need to go to a German Federal Police station. There are stations inside Munich and Frankfurt Airports.
South Korea: Smart Entry Service
United States citizens who are 17 years old and over who have Global Entry can make the most of this service. They have the opportunity to use electronic gates at Gimhae, Incheon, and Gimpo airports. This service can be applied for on the Global Entry website. If applications are approved, individuals have six months to go to an enrollment center in Korea. It will cost $100 for five years.
Sourced from: travelandleisure
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