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Guam airport will open global entry enrollment center

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Guam joins 40 other major US airports to open a global entry enrollment center. Instead of traveling all the way to Hawaii, travelers can officially be processed right here in Guam to be one of America's trusted travelers. Global entry is a US Customs and Border Protection Program that allows faster clearance for pre-approved low risk travelers when they arrive in the United States.  Travelers enrolled in the program can enter the u-s by using automated kiosks located at select airports.

Today the ribbon was cut signifying the official opening of the Global Entry Enrollee Center at the Guam International Airport.

Brian Humphry is the USCPB's director of field operations based out of San Francisco, California. "We talk about looking for the needle in the hay stack what global entry allows us to do it allows us to make that haystack that much smaller that we have to sift through to find a few bad guys that are out there because we know going into this there's a vast majority of travelers that pose no threat to this country. So why not take trusted travelers people that we know a great deal about take them out of that circulation let them key up at a kiosk on their own process themselves and literally as fast as they can work a touch screen is the extent of their CBP encounter because we know all about them we don't need to be focusing any additional time on those no threat travelers," he explained.

In order to enroll in the program, you have to submit your application online through the Global Online Enrollment System at www.cbp.gov. There's a $100 per person application fee. Membership is valid for five years.  All applicants undergo a background check and a face to face interview before final approval. Previously applications in our region would have to travel to Hawaii for the interview. Now they can fly to Guam.

Governor Eddie Calvo was the first to sign up at the center Wednesday morning. In his remarks at the ceremony he commented the Global Entry Program opens new opportunities for the territory. "Think about it: right now before we have this if you're someone from any of those nations or an expatriate living in Asia you have to fly 3,800 miles to Honolulu to enroll in this program. So with it now established here in Guam it now give us the opportunity to market this program to many expats in Asia as well as to these nations that will be enrolling in the program," he stated.

More than 1.3 million members have enrolled directly in the global entry program so far and there are more than 2.4 million trusted travelers with global entry benefits. 
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