Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Global Entry: Costa Ricans could soon apply for a fast pass through US customs

March 4, 2020

Costa Rica could soon join the short list of countries whose citizens can apply for customs and immigration pre-approval for low-risk travelers to the United States. If approved, the expedited process could ease travel for the more than 300,000 Costa Rica residents who visited the U.S. last year.

The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that both countries have advanced negotiations that would allow Costa Ricans to apply for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry program.

The Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network claims that its process reduces wait times, expedites entry into the country and keeps travelers out of long processing lines with the use of designated electronic kiosks. Applicants must submit to a background check and in-person interview before enrollment.

Costa Ricans have been increasingly traveling to the United States during the last decade. The number of Costa Rica residents who visited the United States rose from 170,000 in 2011 to 316,000 in 2018, according to the latest data from the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office.

Other countries that have been approved for the expedited customs procedure include Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for Global Entry.

The Foreign Ministry said it expects joining the Global Entry network will benefit Costa Rica’s business and tourism sectors.

A version of this story was first published in 2015, when Global Entry discussions began.

You may be interested

Costa Rica to participate in UN General Assembly this week
Climate Change
1159 views
Climate Change
1159 views

Costa Rica to participate in UN General Assembly this week

The Tico Times - September 21, 2020

President Carlos Alvarado will participate this week in the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Costa Rican…

Costa Rica Coffee Pickers: A Day in the Life
Coffee
16 views
Coffee
16 views

Costa Rica Coffee Pickers: A Day in the Life

STEVEN HODEL - September 21, 2020

The Tarrazu region in Costa Rica is famed for producing rich cups of coffee full of chocolate, orange, and dried…

Managua airport resumes flights after coronavirus closure
Central America
490 views
Central America
490 views

Managua airport resumes flights after coronavirus closure

AFP - September 21, 2020

Managua's international airport on Saturday received its first commercial flight almost six months after airlines suspended routes as a precaution…