Update Travel Documents

A couple of years ago, we published Hints for Travelers in which we reported to our readers about TSA PreCheck®, Global Entry, and CLEAR. All three of these can make your travel experience run much more smoothly.

As travel begins again, it would be a good idea to check the expiration date on any of the programs you use. One of our editors discovered her TSA PreCheck® had expired when her boarding pass didn’t include the usual TSA PreCheck® designation. Renewal is not automatic and may necessitate an interview to complete the process. Interviews are difficult to schedule. Even without the need for an interview, the process to renew Global Entry took a full month.

If you are interested in renewing your TSA PreCheck® membership, you may  complete the application online or in person at an enrollment center 6 months prior to your KTN expiration date. Click here for more information. 

Global Entry, a program of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Global Entry members also receive TSA PreCheck® benefits as part of their membership. You may renew your membership one year before the program expiration. Click here for more information.

CLEAR is not available in all airports. Its term of membership is one year. For more information on renewing, click here.

For an overview of the Trusted Traveler Programs, click here.

Don’t forget to check your passport and whether you will need a European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) visa waiver. See our post from July 2019 here.

As always, check with your travel agent or go online for the most up-to-date information.

Tidelines Editors

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