CBP Extends Closure of Global Entry Enrollment Centers
In a press release from Customs and Border Protection, the agency announced its extending its temporary closure of Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment Centers. CBP says the centers will be closed until at least June 1, 2020. The centers were originally closed through May 5, 2020. The centers are closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
In their statement CBP said,
The temporary closure applies to all public access Global Entry enrollment centers, NEXUS enrollment centers, SENTRI enrollment centers and FAST enrollment locations. Global Entry mobile enrollment events are also paused until further notice.
Conditionally-approved applicants who seek an enrollment center interview will need to reschedule after June 1. These applicants are encouraged to check their e-mail and Trusted Traveler Program accounts for further information. CBP will continue to monitor the situation in order to resume enrollment centers interviews as soon as possible.
Last week, I wrote about my difficulty finding an available appointment in the D.C. area. I may need to wait until I travel before I can finish my interview. It’s hard to determine how big an impact the enrollment center closures for another month will have on available appointments. But I imagine that it will definitely delay things even further.
CBP was offering a 12 month grace period past the expiration date of Global Entry prior to the coronavirus outbreak. One Mile at a Time reported yesterday that they are now offering 18-month grace periods. In the statement CBP said, “All applicants now have 485 days from the date of their application to complete the enrollment process. In addition, CBP will extend for up to 18 months the Trusted Traveler Program benefits of members who apply for renewal before their current membership expires.”