U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) re-opened most Trusted Traveler enrollment centers Sept. 8. The enrollment centers had been closed since March 19 due to COVID-19.

Key points:

  • Global Entry applicants who have been conditionally approved may now complete in-person interviews at most Trusted Traveler enrollment centers in the U.S. but must schedule their interviews in advance by logging into their account at https://ttp.dhs.gov.
  • In accordance with the ban on nonessential travel across U.S. land borders, NEXUS and U.S.-Canada FAST interviews at U.S. and Canadian enrollment centers remain suspended and SENTRI and FAST-South enrollments on the southern border may also be limited. Crossing a U.S. land border for the purpose of visiting a Trusted Traveler Programs enrollment center is considered non-essential travel by CBP.
  • Applicants visiting enrollment centers must wear face masks and should anticipate staggered and limited interview availability, limited waiting room space and changes to sign-in measures.

BAL Analysis: Although Trusted Traveler enrollment has resumed, travelers are encouraged to consult with their employer and BAL professional for an individual assessment before planning any international travel. In addition to company policies that may limit travel, multiple travel bans remain in place for foreign nationals entering or returning to the U.S. These include entry bans on individuals who are physically present in Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, the United Kingdom, or any country in the Schengen region within 14 days of attempting to enter the U.S.; bans on certain immigrants and nonimmigrant work-visa categories; and a ban on nonessential travel across U.S. land borders. Additionally, depending on COVID-19 developments in individual countries, new countries may be added to the physical presence ban with little notice, which could leave travelers stranded abroad.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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