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U.S. Customs Global Entry Airline Pre-Clearance Service Arrives In St. Thomas


CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations office held its first Global Entry enrollment event in St. Thomas recently.

The event was held October 14 to 15 at the Cyril E. King International Airport security office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Forty-seven United States Virgin Island residents and visitors came out to take advantage of this convenient opportunity to join Global Entry without having to travel for the enrollment interview.

Global Entry is a Trusted Traveler program that makes international travel easier for its low-risk pre-approved members by allowing them to use kiosks for CBP processing instead of having to stand and wait in the regular lines.

Global Entry members also enjoy TSA Pre-Check benefits. This means they can also speed through TSA security on all participating airports, using a designated fast lane without having to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets.

“We are pleased with the turn out for the first Global Entry Mobile Enrollment conducted here in the US Virgin Islands,” stated Assistant Area Port Director Todd Bellew.  “The mobile enrollment provided a convenient option for US Virgin Islands residents and visitors interested in applying for Global Entry to complete their application process without having to travel elsewhere for their interview.”

Many participants stated they were very pleased with the opportunity of completing their applications here and hope that CBP will host future Global Entry Enrollment opportunities in the US Virgin Islands.   

The event was part of a San Juan Field Office initiative that intends to set a Remote Enrollment Center in the territory so locals can benefit from regularly scheduled enrollment events without having to travel to San Juan to become members.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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