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Photograph ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

Global Entry Fee to Increase For the First Time in 15 Years

The fee structure for two other trusted traveler programs will be affected as well.

The trusted traveler program Global Entry Fee to increase for the first time in 15 years is scheduled to become effective as of Tuesday, October 1, 2024; and the fee will increase from $100.00 to $120.00 — and the fee structures for two other trusted traveler programs will also be affected.

Global Entry Fee to Increase For the First Time in 15 Years

“On April 2, a final rule was published in the Federal Register, harmonizing the fees for the NEXUS, Global Entry, and SENTRI programs, better reflecting the program costs”, according to this official announcement from Customs and Border Protection of the United States. “Once the rule goes into effect, applicants under the age of 18 will be exempt from the application fee when a parent or legal guardian is already a member of, or concurrently applying for NEXUS, SENTRI, or Global Entry. SENTRI, which allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers entering the United States using dedicated primary lanes at Southern land border ports, will move from an ‘a la carte’ fee structure to a uniform fee of $120, which will be collected in full when each application is submitted. The fees for NEXUS, a joint program managed by CBP and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that allows dedicated processing between the U.S. and Canada, will increase from $50 to $120.”

Updating the fee structures is cited as a critical to the continuation and management of the trusted traveler programs, as they have matured and expanded over the years.

Final Boarding Call

Many credit cards include the benefit of having up to $100.00 of the cost of enrolling in a trusted traveler program paid. Will any of them increase the benefit to $120.00?

If you have one of those credit cards and want to enroll in any of the aforementioned trusted traveler programs, you have fewer than six months to do so before the fee increases.

Photograph ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

  1. The fee increase for NEXUS is bad. NEXUS is the lifeline for many Canadians, who cross the border to buy milk, cheese, and gas. In border states, you can see them going to Costco and stupidly filling up red jerry cans of gas and putting them in the trunk. That is very dangerous.

    (Gas costs $6.15/gallon in Vancouver, $4.19/gallon in Bellingham. Milk cost about $7/gallon in Vancouver, half that in Bellingham.)

    If a family goes, then that means $240 in member costs.

    In Canada, security lines except in Toronto, tends to be short so NEXUS doesn’t offer too much advantage, unlike NEXUS and Global Entry, which allow TSA Pre-Check line use.

    Before, NEXUS applications used to be US$50 or C$50 depending on how you paid. This made it less than US$50 in some cases.

      1. For the occasional traveler, $50 represented $10 per year. Now it will be $120 or $24 per year. If one uses it only 2 times a year, that’s $12 per trip instead of $5 per trip. Some people don’t want to pay $12 to pass a checkpoint but would pay $5.

        I have NEXUS. I used to use it for Canada and for TSA Precheck about 24 times per year making the cost 42 cents. Post pandemic, I use it about 10 times per year, making it $2.40 each time I use it. Sometimes, the alternate slow line is very short.

        1. Correction: We’re not post pandemic but post “dropping like flies, 1 million dead” pandemic. Now it’s still more than 1,000 dead every week, like a 9/11 every 2 weeks. Hundreds of thousands have long Covid.

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