Enrollment in at least four of the five Trusted Traveler programs of Customs and Border Protection of the United States has been suspended as a precautionary measure to mitigate exposure of both personnel and the public to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — pandemic, as all public access enrollment centers are currently closed throughout the United States through at least Friday, May 1, 2020.
Most Trusted Traveler Programs Enrollment Temporarily Suspended Due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus
All public access Global Entry enrollment centers, NEXUS enrollment centers, SENTRI enrollment centers and FAST enrollment locations — as well as Global Entry mobile enrollment events — are suspended until further notice.
“Conditionally-approved applicants who seek an enrollment center interview will need to reschedule after May 1. These applicants are encouraged to monitor their e-mail and Trusted Traveler Program accounts for further information. CBP will continue to monitor the situation in order to resume enrollment centers interviews as soon as possible”, according to this official national media release from Customs and Border Protection of the United States. “CBP’s Enrollment on Arrival program will remain operational. Conditionally-approved Global Entry applicants will be able to complete the enrollment process when arriving on an international flight at any of the 60 airports that offer this program.”
Global Entry, TSA Pre✓, SENTRI, NEXUS, and FAST are the five Trusted Traveler programs — which are based on risk — designed to facilitate the entry of travelers who have already been approved in advance. All applicants are vetted to ensure that they meet the qualifications for the program to which they are applying; and once accepted, memberships in each of the aforementioned five programs last for a duration of five years. Receiving a “Best Match” or program recommendation based on eligibility or travel habits does not guarantee acceptance into any Trusted Traveler program.
Because its enrollment process typically does not include an interview, no mention of the TSA Pre✓ program was found in the aforementioned national media release and is not included at the time this article was written.
Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency which is charged with the management, control and protection of the borders of the United States at and between official ports of entry — as well as securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel. Its “highest priority is to ensure the health, safety and security of our workforce and the American people. CBP agents, officers and mission support personnel will continue to support the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 outbreak.”
I cited my reasons as to why I refuse to pay to enroll in the Trusted Traveler programs in this article on Monday, September 30, 2019; but you unfortunately have no choice but to wait if you are interested in enrollment — although you should still be able to enroll in the TSA Pre✓ program. Do not be surprised if enrollment in the TSA Pre✓ program takes more time to process than usual.
This article is the latest in a series pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in an effort to get the facts out with information derived from reliable sources — as well as attempt to maintain a reasoned and sensible ongoing discussion towards how to resolve this pandemic.
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