Two Global Entry kiosks are now available for use in the International Arrivals in Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport (SMF).
Instead of waiting in line to see a customs agent, passengers can now use one of the Global Entry kiosks to speed up their arrival.
Program participants go to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the passenger a transaction receipt and directs the passenger to baggage claim and the exit.
Passengers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program and participation is voluntary.
Applicants pay a $100 non-refundable application fee and undergo a background check and interview before enrollment. Upon approval, membership is valid for five years.
Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, lawful permanent residents, and citizens of certain other countries, including Mexican nationals. Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in TSA Pre✓™, the Transportation Security Administration’s program providing expedited security screening when flying with approved airlines, including Aeroméxico.
Mark Haneke, Air Service Development Manager for Sacramento International Airport:
“Our International Arrivals facility serves over 500 international arriving passengers a day on Aeroméxico from Mexico City and Guadalajara and Volaris from Guadalajara. As SMF’s international passenger activity continues to grow, Global Entry is one solution to expediting travelers through the arrivals process and enhancing their experience as they end their journey in Sacramento.”
About Sacramento International Airport
Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is 10 miles (16 km) northwest of downtown Sacramento, California.
It offers more than 145 nonstop flights on nine domestic and international carriers to 30 destinations.
International destinations are Guadalajara and Mexico City, operated by Aeromexico and Volaris.
Southwest Airlines carries about half the airline passengers. In 2015 the airport handled 9,609,880, an increase of 6.6% from 8,972,756 passengers in 2014.
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