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Trusted Traveler Programs: Which Is Best For You?

By Travelink on April 7, 2016

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The Department of Homeland Security has several Trusted Traveler Programs, which provide an improved passenger experience while enhancing security and increasing system-wide efficiencies.

How Do You Travel?

I primarily fly within the U.S = TSA Pre✓®

I fly both within the U.S. and internationally = Global Entry

I primarily travel between the U.S. and Canada = NEXUS

I primarily travel by land into the U.S. from Mexico = SENTRI

The programs are customized based on travel needs and many of them have reciprocal benefits. The following chart outlines the Trusted Traveler programs offered by the Department of Homeland Security.

See the below comparison chart for guidance on which program may be best for you.

 

Agency

Transportation Security Administration Customs and Border Protection
Program TSA Pre✓® Global Entry NEXUS SENTRI
Website www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck www.globalentry.gov NEXUS SENTRI
Eligibility Required U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents. U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of certain other countries.1 U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, Canadian citizens and lawful permanent residents of Canada. Proof of citizenship and admissibility documentation.
Application Fee $85.00 (5 year membership) $100.00 (5 year membership) $50.00 (5 year membership) $122.25 (5 year membership)
Passport Required No Yes; or lawful permanent resident card No No
Application Process Pre-enroll online, visit an enrollment center; provide fingerprints and verify ID. Pre-enroll online, visit an enrollment center for an interview; provide fingerprints and verify ID. Pre-enroll online, visit an enrollment center for an interview; provide fingerprints and verify ID. Pre-enroll online, visit an enrollment center for an interview; provide fingerprints and verify ID.
Program Experience TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening at participating airports. Expedited processing through CBP at airports and land borders upon arrival in the U.S..

Includes the TSA Pre✓™ experience.

Expedited processing at airports and land borders when entering the U.S. and Canada.
Includes Global Entry benefits.Includes the TSA Pre✓™ benefits for U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and Canadian citizens.
Expedited processing through CBP at land borders.
Includes Global Entry and TSA Pre✓™ benefits for U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents.
Ready to apply? Apply for TSA Pre✓® here Apply for Global Entry here Apply for NEXUS here Apply for SENTRI here

Visit the official website for the Department of Homeland Security for more information.

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