Global entry makes for speedier arrival

UK Visitors to the United States can now apply for Global Entry, a scheme that offers them ‘pre-approved’ speedier passage through the immigration channels at selected US airports.


Applications are open from December 3.

Travellers must first apply through the UK Home Office and pay a processing fee of £42 and, if successful, receive a code to use for the Global Online Enrolment System. A non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100. Entry under the scheme is currently available at 46 US airports and 13 pre-clearance locations.

A key element of the US Customs and Border Protection drive to make the US arrival process a more welcoming one, Global Entry involves entering through automatic kiosks.

It is designed to benefit those who make at least four visits to the US each year.

“Any development that makes travel to the USA easier is welcome and global entry will be warmly received by regular business travellers to the USA,” said Jonathan Sloan, Chair, Visit USA (UK).

Charles Montgomery, Director-General, Border Force, said: “Global Entry is a fantastic service that allows pre-checked British passengers quickly and securely to pass through US border controls. Over four million Brits travel to the US every year and this service will make that journey easier for many of them.”


Philly becomes first USA Heritage city

Philadelphia has become the first World Heritage City in the USA.


City officials hope the designation, which comes after a two-year campaign, will provide a major boost to tourism and commerce in the city.

“Today marks the start of a new and exciting chapter in the history of Philadelphia, which is proud to become the first World Heritage City in the U.S.,” said the city’s Mayor, Michael A. Nutter.

“As a World Heritage City, Philadelphia is being officially recognised on the global stage for its wealth of contributions to the world as the epicentre of American democracy and for its enduring commitment to preserving the unique historical and cultural assets in our diverse community.”

The next step, said the mayor, is to focus on optimising this recognition to attract more people to visit Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s designation as a World Heritage City has revolutionary foundations: the city is the home of Independence Hall, where America’s Founding Fathers forged democratic ideals into the Declaration of Independence and gave birth to a nation in 1776.

It is also where the US Constitution was written and signed (Independence Hall became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979).

“As the birthplace of America, with its rich heritage of history, arts and culture and an ideal location on the Northeast coast of the United States, Philadelphia has so much to offer the world,” said Jack Ferguson, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.