Is my Global Entry membership still valid for up to a year after expiration?
Editor's Note: This post has been updated with new information.
Global Entry renewal applications have been backlogged for many months now. As of the 2019 holiday season, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it had more than 350,000 applicant renewals pending. And, with enrollment centers for Global Entry shuttered until at least May 1 due to the coronavirus outbreak, travelers with expiring or expired Global Entry memberships may be wondering whether CBP is still offering a one-year grace period.
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Luckily, CBP is still allowing travelers to use Global Entry benefits for up to a full year after their Global Entry membership expires. However, you must submit your application for renewal before the expiration date to be eligible for the grace period.
For travelers eligible to renew their Global Entry membership, it continues to be a lengthy process. TPG readers have reported waiting months for their Global Entry renewal to process. But, even with Global Entry enrollment centers closed, you can still do your Global Entry interview on arrival if you happen to be passing through an eligible U.S. immigration facility.
If you have yet to apply for Global Entry, be sure to read about the 14 key things to know about getting Global Entry. This guide includes information about who qualifies for the program, what families need to know about Global Entry, what to expect during your interview and more.
And, if you hold a premium rewards credit card that reimburses the $100 application fee for Global Entry, you may be able to get Global Entry for no out-of-pocket cost.
Related reading: 3 lessons from saving $400 on Global Entry renewals
The application process can be a hassle these days, but Global Entry membership is definitely worth the trouble. The program includes TSA PreCheck for domestic expedited security screening as well.
But if Global Entry isn't for you, look into Mobile Passport — especially if you're a New York resident. This freemium digital passport app is available for U.S. citizens and Canadians at 31 U.S. airports and cruise ports.
Additional reporting by Katie Genter.