Being enrolled in Global Entry allows you to get through customs relatively fast when re-entering the U.S. from abroad.
The US allows citizens of some foreign countries to also participate in the program. (Click here to find out which are eligible.)
USA Today reports that, “Senate urges Homeland Security to expand Global Entry to Israel“.
The article mentions that all 100 members of Senate would like to see Israel added to participate in Global Entry. A letter was signed by all 100 and then sent to the DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
The Senators are looking to strengthen the bonds between the countries and “ensure the best travel experience.”
While Israel has participated in a limited experiment for the past 5+ years, the Senate wants the country to be allowed to fully participate to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the US and Israel.
Over 400,000 Israelis visited the US in 2016, spending around $1.7 billion. The Senators feel that adding the country to G.E. would allow those visiting a “smoother visit“. They also feel that it could make our country safer.
Do you have Global Entry? If so, do you feel the membership is worth the price?
Find out more from USA Today here.