Passengers arriving from international destinations at Indianapolis International Airport (IND) may now spend less time in customs processing. The airport and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are installing new Global Entry kiosks.
The airport will establish two Global Entry kiosks that will move low-risk, pre-approved international passengers through customs more quickly.
Passengers on Southwest Airlines – which just recently launched the company’s first international flight from Indianapolis to Cancun – can use the kiosks when arriving back in Indianapolis.
In addition, passengers on the Vacation Express flight from Punta Cana can participate in the Global Entry program.
To gain the benefit of the kiosks, passengers must be Global Entry members.
Global Entry members also qualify for the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program, providing expedited TSA screenings for domestic travel to any one of the 51 nonstop destinations out of Indianapolis.
Notably, the kiosks will be in place two months ahead of the airport’s first nonstop transatlantic flight to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The nonstop flights from Delta Airlines will begin on May 24, 2018.
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk passengers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.
At airports, program members proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the passenger a transaction receipt and directs them to baggage claim and the exit.
U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of certain countries are eligible for Global Entry membership. The program’s membership is good for five years.
Global Entry membership is good for five years. Applications must be completed and submitted online through the Trusted Traveler Program. A non-refundable $100 per person application fee is payable on-line at the time of the application.
Members may still be selected for further examination when entering the United States.
N.B. Image credit: cbp.gov