If I fly GA into Canada from the US or into the US from Canada, does having Global Entry give me any advantage? Can I taxi straight to the FBO or my tie down spot, or do I still have to taxi over to customs? Is there any ability to fly direct to a destination and not have to stop at a port of entry airport?

What is the difference between Pre clearance and Global Entry? Can you get pre clearance without having Global Entry?

  • $\begingroup$ You might try asking this on travel.SE as well; people there may be more knowledgeable about Global Entry $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Aug 18 '15 at 23:37
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    $\begingroup$ @Pondlife Yeah, they probably have more knowledge about Global Entry, but probably not as much about GA aspects. $\endgroup$
    – reirab
    Aug 18 '15 at 23:49

CBP has a lot of programs. Government programs are confusing. Regarding the two you mention...

Global Entry basically expedites the Customs process for pre-approved travelers, making use of an automated kiosk. The service is available at approved locations, generally major aiports. ClearlyNormally, this program is meant for the commercial traveler. However, large international GA destinations can have this service as well. Example: FLL, one of the nation's busiest international GA airports. They have a global entry kiosk at their GA facility.

Preclearance means that traveler processing/aircraft inspection are handled before the flight, rather than upon arrival in the US. But, this isn't very widespread yet. Private aircraft preclearance processing is only available at Shannon, Ireland and Oranjestad, Aruba. And the list of airports you can fly to, from what I have seen, is smaller than the list of Ports of Entry.

So no, neither of these programs really helps you out as a Canada/US travelling GA pilot. They aren't for small airports. You have to deal with Customs, APIS, and Ports of Entry, and everything else :)

  • $\begingroup$ Great. Thanks for the detailed answer. I was having a lot of trouble finding information on these programs that applied to flying GA. I'll award you the bounty in 18 hours when SO let's me. $\endgroup$
    – Arel
    Aug 19 '15 at 3:53

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