By far one of my favorite travel perks is Global Entry. It’s saved me countless hours of waiting time when arriving back in the US and allowed me to breeze through immigration and customs. Combined with TSA Pre-Check, it is the ultimate benefit for frequent travelers.
If you are in the Tucson or general Arizona area and looking to get approved for Global Entry or renew your membership, I’ll explain everything you need to know below.
Signing up for Global Entry
If you are new to Global Entry, the way it works is that you first create a Trusted Traveler Program account.
Then, you will apply specifically for the Global Entry program. The application can take a little bit of time because you will have to input a lot of information about your history related to addresses, jobs, and countries visited.
If you’ve been on the move a lot then this can take some time to track everything down but if you have access to all of your prior information, it won’t be that difficult.
Once you complete the application, you will need to pay the $100 fee and remember that the fee is not refundable even if you don’t get approved.
The good news is that there are many credit cards that offer Global Entry credits to completely cover your $100 application fee. A lot of these are travel credit cards that offer additional perks and benefits that make them well worth holding on to.
A couple of the top cards for Global Entry credits include:
- The Platinum Card from American Express
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
Tip: Use WalletFlo for all your credit card needs. It’s free and will help you optimize your rewards and savings!
After you submit your application for review, you will then wait to receive a conditional approval letter.
If you have applied during the coronavirus pandemic, your wait time to receive this conditional approval letter may be delayed and I know several people who have had to wait many weeks.
Once you are conditionally approved, you can then schedule an interview which is what this article is all about.
Be prepared to wait several months for an interview slot to open. With coronavirus slowing things down, wait times are pretty long. You can always check the interview schedule on a daily basis to see if anything opens up.
Keep in mind that the office in Tucson does not accept walk-ins.
Global Entry interview in Tucson Arizona
Before you head over for your interview, make sure that you have all of the necessary documents needed.
For most people, this will consist of:
- The letter inviting you to an interview
- A valid passport or permanent resident card
- Documents providing evidence of residency. Examples are a drivers license (if the address is current), mortgage statement, rental payment statement, utility bill, etc.
To see a list of documents required for the interview, log in to the TTP website, go to your Dashboard, and select the Interview Confirmation link provided.
Arriving for your interview
Your interview will be held in a building adjacent to Tucson International Airport (TUS).
The address is:
7081 S. Plumer Blvd Tucson, AZ 85756
Note that this address is different from the address currently listed on the CBP website. That is because CBP/Global Entry just transitioned over to this new facility.
The new location is great because there is a very accessible parking lot next to the building and you don’t have to worry about making your way through an airport like you do in some other cities.
The facility you need to arrive at is located in a large tower that you absolutely cannot miss. You’ll see Tucson on the side of the tower making it even easier to distinguish.
You should also see signs outside pointing you towards the Global Entry Enrollment Center.
Once you walk in, there will be a little lobby area and you will need to go through the sliding doors and check in with an agent. When I visited for renewal, an agent immediately got with me and sat me down for the process.
They advise that you don’t arrive earlier than about 10 minutes prior to your interview time so I would try to be respectful of that request. (In my case, I arrived exactly 10 minutes prior to the interview time.)
There are a number of booths that you may sit in front of and this is where they asked me my interview questions. During my interview, there were no other applicants. While the questions they ask you are not super private, it was nice not having others around.
I did see a separate interview room so in some cases they might take you in there for your interview. I’m also not sure if they handle the original application interviews different from the renewal interviews in terms of where they seat you.
If you’ve never done a Global Entry interview before, they are nothing to worry about. These interviews are extremely short and they ask you easy questions like “do you travel for business or pleasure?” Once the interview is complete, they will take your fingerprints and also take a picture of you for your ID.
You can read about my past experience with a Global Entry interview here.
Within about 10 minutes my appointment was finished the interview was finished and my Global Entry was renewed. In some cases, they don’t notify you that you are approved on the spot and you will receive an email later on.
Overall, I thought that the staff at Tucson International Airport was pretty phenomenal. Very easy-going and competent. I would highly recommend doing your appointment here if it is convenient.
Enrollment upon arrival
Global Entry enrollment upon arrival allows you to take care of your Global Entry interview at the airport when flying back into the US. Unfortunately, if you were hoping to do enrollment upon arrival at Tucson International Airport, that is not currently an option. (Phoenix does offer enrollment upon arrival.)
Currently, these are the airports offering that option:
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
- Abu Dhabi international Airport (AUH)
- Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix in Oranjestad, Aruba (AUA)
- Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
- Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)
- Calgary International Airport (YYC)
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
- Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
- Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
- Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
- Denver International Airport (DEN)
- Detroit Metropolitan International Airport (DTW)
- Dublin Airport (DUB)
- Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
- Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
- Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT)
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston
- Halifax International Airport (YHZ)
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
- Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
- John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York (JFK)
- John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH)
- Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
- Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK)
- McCarren International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas
- Miami International Airport (MIA)
- Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
- Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
- Luis Munoz Marin International Airport San Juan (SJU)
- Lynden Pindling Nassau International Airport (NAS)
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
- Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport(SJC)
- O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago
- Orlando International Airport (MCO)
- OrlandoSanford International Airport (SFB)
- Ottawa International Airport (YOW)
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
- Portland International Airport (PDX)
- Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
- Sacramento International Airport (SMF) /li>
- Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
- San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
- San Diego International Airport (SAN)
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
- Shannon Airport (SNN)
- St. Georges Bermuda International Airport (BDA)
- St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)
- Tampa International Airport (TPA)
- Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
- Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
- Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
- William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston
- Winnipeg James Armstrong international Airport(YWG)
Global Entry Tucson FAQ
7081 S. Plumer Blvd Tucson, AZ 85756
No, you must make an appointment.
The interview is usually very short and may last between 5 to 10 minutes.
I’ve had a couple of Global Entry experiences now and I have to say that this was one of the best. It was extremely easy to find parking and get into the building and the agents were also very helpful and friendly. I don’t think I could have asked for a better experience.
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