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US Customs expands Global Entry to Germans

US Customs expands Global Entry to Germans

WASHINGTON: Travelers from Germany will be able to join the Global Entry program for trusted travelers, Customs and Border Protection announced Friday.

The move represents another expansion of the program for U.S. and foreign travelers from specific countries, according to a statement from Todd Owen, assistant commissioner for field operations, that will be published Tuesday in the Federal Register.

Participants pay a fee to join Global Entry and provide extra information about themselves in exchange for faster entry at U.S. ports. Global Entry began in February 2012 for U.S. travelers, and was initially open to citizens of Mexico and the Netherlands.

By August 2013, the program was enlarged for citizens of South Korea who participated in that country’s Smart Entry System, and for a limited number of citizens of Qatar, the United Kingdom and Germany. The program was opened to all citizens of Panama in January 2015 and of the United Kingdom in December.