Global Entry is part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Trusted Traveler program that allows clearance for travelers upon arrival in the United States. Global Entry requires a background check, fee, and interview. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.
Mobile Passport is an app based on an automation program, meaning it enables submissions of passport information and answer to CBP’s questions verifying biographic and flight information via a mobile device and instead of the traditional paper form or Automated Passport Control kiosks. The Mobile Passport App can be downloaded for free and used immediately; it does not require a background check, interview, pre-approval, or a Trusted Traveler number.
CBP’s Trusted Traveler program and the Mobile Passport App are different, but can complement each other. We suggest travelers wait until they have arrived at the port of entry before making a submission to CBP. Travelers with both programs may wish to wait until approaching the inspection area to determine the shortest line (which may vary depending on the port and time of day), then decide which program to use, at that time.