As the government shutdown rolls on, anyone with a Global Entry interview appointment coming up may be out of luck. As written on View from the Wing, “several readers have gotten emails and even personal phone calls letting them know their appointment cannot be honored.” The same experience was shared in a tweet by Tiffany Dowd:
My Global Entry Renewal interview for tomorrow has been suddenly cancelled due to the Federal Government shutdown. I had to reschedule and my original appointment was still available for so I scheduled it again. Anybody else experiencing issues? #travel
— Tiffany Dowd (@LuxeTiffany) January 6, 2019
These appointments often must be made months in advance due to demand, so a cancellation would be very frustrating. (Also of note in the VFTW story is the screenshot of one of those reader’s emails, which shows the cancellation notice being sent out to a whole slew of people with all of their emails visible in the “To” field.)
Anecdotally, not every appointment scheduled for the shutdown period has been cancelled, so if you have a Global Entry appointment coming up, the best move is probably to call your interview location and find out for sure. New applications, however, must wait until the government is open again, as noted by the TSA here.
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