Update, July 1: Shortly after announcing that enrollment centers would open on July 6, U.S. Customs and Border Protection backtracked and postponed their return until at least August 10. According to the new announcement, "The decision was made in consultation with CBP health and safety experts who are closely monitoring the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in several states." Travelers who had appointments scheduled for before August 10 must now reschedule.
Enrollment centers for the Global Entry program for travelers will reopen on July 6, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced.
The program, which allows for expedited border crossings for five years (and membership in TSA PreCheck) for those who pay $100 and complete an online application and in-person interview, has been on hold since the middle of March due to the pandemic.
But starting on the first Monday in July, Global Entry applicants can once again go to most CBP enrollment centers for interviews and fingerprinting.
Interviews at the reopened centers must be scheduled in advance, and only after the online application has been completed and "conditionally approved" by the government.
Visit the CBP website to find the Global Entry enrollment center nearest to you.
But don't bother if you live in the state of New York. As Frommer's reported back in February, the Trump administration has blocked New Yorkers from Global Entry in response to a state law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. According to USA Today, the New York ban remains in effect.
At reopened Global Entry enrollment centers, several Covid-19 safety measures will be in place.
Staffers as well as applicants will be required to wear face coverings. Sign-in sheets and other touch points have been removed. To promote social distancing, waiting areas have reduced seating and Plexiglas barriers have been installed at service counters.
You'll still need to submit fingerprints during the interview, but the CPB promises to clean surfaces with increased frequency.