Germany And US Agree On Trusted Traveler Programs

By Dex Tennyson, for 06 January, 2015

Germany and the United States have entered a reciprocal agreement on Trusted Traveler Programs (TTPs), which provide expedited clearance for pre-approved travelers through dedicated lanes and kiosks.

The move means that German citizens are now eligible to apply for membership of the US's Global Entry program, which is currently available at 42 US airports and 12 preclearance locations. In return, Americans traveling to Germany can benefit from Germany's EasyPASS program, which uses eGates as a quick alternative to traditional border controls at Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich Airports.

In both cases, applicants must first visit an EASYPass enrollment center operated by the German Federal Police in Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport or in Terminal 2 at Munich Airport. US applicants registering for EASYPass must have an electronic passport (e-passport), and be at least 18 years old.

For Global Entry, German applicants should preregister at an EASYPass enrollment center prior to applying online and paying an application fee of USD100. Once an application is approved, the applicant will be interviewed by a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer to determine eligibility. Membership of the program is for five years, although German members must re-register with the German Federal Police after their second year of membership.

However, although the Global Entry program offers quicker processing, members may still be selected for further examination when entering the United States.

R. Gil Kerlikowske, the US's Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, said: "CBP is pleased to further our partnership with Germany by offering Global Entry to German citizens. Global Entry and the German EasyPASS program allow our officers to focus more on travelers we do not know while at the same time efficiently and securely facilitating low-risk travelers."

CBP also has Global Entry arrangements with Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama and the Republic of Korea, and an agreement is currently being explored with Singapore. Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in NEXUS may also use Global Entry.

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