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Fly through U.S. Customs with Global Entry

Global Entry is managed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and enables expedited passage through customs at U.S. airports.

Do you travel abroad often for the University? Go through U.S. Customs faster with Global Entry Trusted Traveler.

Once or twice per year, we arrange to host a special on-campus enrollment event for Harvard faculty and staff to apply for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Global Entry program. Global Entry enables expedited passage through customs at U.S. airports. Our on-campus enrollment event saves you the time and hassle of traveling to a CBP enrollment center for your interview.

How to Participate

As soon as we have confirmation of 2018-19 dates from CBP, we'll update this page with the dates and instructions on how to participate. In the interim, you can email us at and request to be notified in advance of the announcement. Once announced, appointments are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Previous enrollment events reached capacity within a week of the announcement.

Global Entry Program Details

  • Managed by CBP
  • Open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents
  • Provides access to self-service kiosks for international arrivals, reducing wait time at customs
  • Online application and in-person interview required
  • $100 application fee charged by CBP


Browse the FAQs below, and email us at if your question hasn’t yet been answered.

When will you announce a date for the on-campus enrollment event?

Scheduling depends on CBP agent availability. We make every effort to host one or two events annually. Once a date is confirmed, we'll update this page with instructions. In the interim, you can email us at and request to be notified in advance of the announcement.

I can't attend the on-campus event. What are my options?

You can always apply for the Global Entry program on your own through the CBP website and travel to a CBP enrollment center for your in-person interview. Some enrollment centers have extensive waitlists.

Alternatively, we typically host a fall and/or spring on-campus Global Entry enrollment event annually. You can email us now at to be notified in advance of the announcements.

Will Harvard pay for or reimburse my application fee?

The Global Entry application fee is charged by CBP and is the responsibility of the traveler. Because Global Entry can be used for both personal and business travel, IRS rules do not allow Global Entry to be a reimbursed business expense. Reimbursements, if provided by the local unit, must be processed as additional pay.

Consult with your local financial administrator if you have questions regarding your department’s reimbursement policy for this expense.

Can my spouse or partner apply?

Yes. When you complete Step 1 of the instructions (posted once enrollment event dates are confirmed), notify us that your spouse or partner will also need a 15-minute interview. Include his or her name, email, and preferred date and time.

We’ll send detailed instructions for each of you to complete your own online application.

Can I share an appointment with my spouse or partner?

Each 15-minute interview accommodates only one individual. If a spouse or partner applies for Global Entry, he or she will need his or her own 15-minute appointment.

What do I need to demonstrate proof of citizenship or residency?

For U.S. citizens, a passport satisfies proof of citizenship. If not a U.S. citizen, you'll need a valid permanent resident card.

Can I bring travel companions through Global Entry?

Travel companions who are not Global Entry members cannot use the Global Entry kiosks.

You can also review CBP's frequently asked questions about Global Entry.