U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officially expanded Global Entry to include qualified citizens from Germany, Qatar, South Korea and the U.K.

Germany, South Korea and the U.K. already had been working with the U.S. on the expedited entry program for international travelers.

Global Entry currently accepts qualified U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Mexican nationals and certain eligible citizens of the Netherlands.

The expansion will open the program to South Korean and German citizens who are members of their countries' respective trusted-traveler programs, "a limited number of citizens of the state of Qatar and a limited number of citizens of the United Kingdom who frequently travel to the United States," according to CBP.

"CBP expects at some later point to expand eligibility to include all citizens of Germany, all citizens of the state of Qatar and all citizens of the United Kingdom who otherwise satisfy the requirements for participation in the Global Entry program. U.S. citizens who participate in Global Entry will have the option to apply for membership in the Republic of Korea's SES program and a limited number of U.S. citizens who participate in Global Entry will have the option to apply for membership in Germany's ABG Plus."

Source: Business Travel News

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