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Old 01-23-2017, 05:07 PM   #21
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My approval took 3-4 months. Totally normal, they are busy. And the locations will be down on the border, san ysidro, otay mesa, mexicali, etc
Dang, thanks brother.. Wishful thinking. Do you guys usually have a non sentri convoy on your trips or it's fend for yourself if your not with the pack? (Referring to MakoLand trips of course ) Wanting to commit to the March gonzaga trip to fish with you guys but not sure how this timeline will play out.

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Old 01-23-2017, 05:16 PM   #22
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I would say in the last year or so there has really been on an upward of the amount of people going out for sentris. If i had to guess, I would say there is still 60-70% of baja travelers without sentris, but that number is changing fast. Carpooling is one thing, it would make taking someone without a sentri, useless to have one yourself. Which is why it will kind of be a prerequisite of mine to have a sentri to carpool. Convoy would be a little different as a sentri has no time saving advantage until basically the very end of the trip when you get back to the border. But once you make it in line, I think you can pretty much fend for yourself. But this is where the guys with sentri will be flyin through. 10-20 minutes. Could be an hour to up to four hours without.
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Old 01-23-2017, 07:02 PM   #23
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Just got back from visiting Bob and Ross down at Las Encantadas, trip back was super easy - pulled into the lane that leads to the Sentri crossing at Mexicali and couldn't even see the end of the line on the other side of the wall. All I know is it was long, and it was not moving.
Drove and drove and drove, and finally caught up with the Sentri line - 6 cars in front of me - looked at the time: 11:04am. At the last minute the line split off into 2 Sentri booths, drove up to the booth and handed him my card - he looked at it, looked at the computer and waved me through - looked at the clock again: 11:08.

4 minutes to cross the border - doesn't get much better than that!
TOOK Makobob 1hour and 44 minutes to cross on this trip.
I did my application on 12 December.
Still waiting Application waiting review. EXPECT to set dates for interview in next couple of weeks.

So I will be Sentri less for a while, BUT these trips are easy with or without the Sentry, I just get a few hours more in paradise. Too bad it is spent waiting in line.

MY KAYAK WILL ARRIVE SOON!!!! My boat will come in? My sentri is coming, but for now still WAITING.

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Old 01-24-2017, 05:21 AM   #24
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You getting another Kayak?


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TOOK Makobob 1hour and 44 minutes to cross on this trip.
I did my application on 12 December.
Still waiting Application waiting review. EXPECT to set dates for interview in next couple of weeks.

So I will be Sentri less for a while, BUT these trips are easy with or without the Sentry, I just get a few hours more in paradise. Too bad it is spent waiting in line.

MY KAYAK WILL ARRIVE SOON!!!! My boat will come in? My sentri is coming, but for now still WAITING.

Tight Lines amigos.
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Old 01-24-2017, 10:38 AM   #25
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You getting another Kayak?
NO, just saying. Tight Lines
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Old 01-24-2017, 04:49 PM   #26
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My original earliest appointment was on March14th.

Then luckily as I checked their Calendar on a daily basis, I was able to find a cancelation and moved it to Feb 10th.

I still check it often to see if I can move it closer yet.
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Old 01-24-2017, 08:14 PM   #27
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Only takes 5 minutes to register a DRONE, but MONTHS to get a Sentri...........
.....................???????
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:28 PM   #28
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PASSED THE INTERVIEW.

I WAS TOLD I SHOULD HAVE IT IN TWO WEEKS, THEN I HAVE TO ACTIVATE IT.

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Old 02-11-2017, 03:25 AM   #29
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Yes activate it as soon as you get it. I forget who said it but you only have 30 days to activate and then you have to jump through hoops to get it done if you miss that window. Great news Hasheem

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PASSED THE INTERVIEW.

I WAS TOLD I SHOULD HAVE IT IN TWO WEEKS, THEN I HAVE TO ACTIVATE IT.

Look for complete "how-to" information post coming soon.
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Old 02-11-2017, 09:17 AM   #30
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Thanks Robert.

It is in the information packet that they gave you.

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I can put an informative post regarding my experience with Sentri pass interview, how to get there, etc., BUT it will only relate to the San Ysidro location.

Is there enough interest here for it.

It will be time consuming, and before I spend the time, I like to know if anybody would like to see it.
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:22 PM   #32
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SENTRI vs Global Entry

I remember weighing the pros and cons of getting one vs the other when I applied and interviewed last year. Cheaper, faster to get, same benefits as SENTRI plus you get to use it at other countries expedited travel programs.



https://www.easysentri.com/global-en...ons-costs/#Int
https://www.dhs.gov/trusted-traveler-comparison-chart
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:58 PM   #33
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I remember weighing the pros and cons of getting one vs the other when I applied and interviewed last year. Cheaper, faster to get, same benefits as SENTRI plus you get to use it at other countries expedited travel programs.



https://www.easysentri.com/global-en...ons-costs/#Int
https://www.dhs.gov/trusted-traveler-comparison-chart
Its $20 more for a five year card. Thats 4 dollars a year. With added benefits. Sentri includes everything global entry does and more.
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Help me with the "more" part
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Help me with the "more" part


Come on man, you posted the chart...
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Come on man, you posted the chart...
Read through the first link
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So it is cheaper and more places to get an appointment. Quotes from the link


Conclusion:

So there you have it: Global Entry vs SENTRI

From a benefits standpoint (not counting the International Arrangements) they are the same.

But in a comparison of Global Entry vs SENTRI application process…Global Entry comes out ahead due to its cost and number of interview locations available.

Through the SENTRI pass may be the only option for some wishing to have what Global Entry offers.

Look,

If you are a U.S. citizen and have a U.S. Passport you can Stop Reading This Article.

Get Global Entry.

It’s Cheaper and has more locations for a interview
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NOT the same by my reading of it.

Global Entry is only good for those traveling by air.

Cut and Paste from the Website (emphasis Mine):

What is the Global Entry Program?

"The Global Entry program is the US government’s fast track border crossing program for people traveling by air. The Global Entry pass expedites travel for predetermined low risk citizens entering the United States from international airports. Global Entry membership is valid for 5 years. If you only fly between the US and Canada, you should download the NEXUS card application. The Global Entry card is perfect for frequent travelers and regular fliers who are flying into the USA on a regular basis; however there is no restriction on the amount of foreign trips taken.

Now, if someone here with Global Entry can verify that they successfully used it in a Sentri lane in Calexico, Otay or San Ysidro without getting sent into secondary I'd like to hear about it!

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NOT the same by my reading of it.

Global Entry is only good for those traveling by air.

Cut and Paste from the Website (emphasis Mine):

What is the Global Entry Program?

"The Global Entry program is the US government’s fast track border crossing program for people traveling by air. The Global Entry pass expedites travel for predetermined low risk citizens entering the United States from international airports. Global Entry membership is valid for 5 years. If you only fly between the US and Canada, you should download the NEXUS card application. The Global Entry card is perfect for frequent travelers and regular fliers who are flying into the USA on a regular basis; however there is no restriction on the amount of foreign trips taken.

Now, if someone here with Global Entry can verify that they successfully used it in a Sentri lane in Calexico, Otay or San Ysidro without getting sent into secondary I'd like to hear about it!
Would a global entry program user's vehicle registered in the SENTRI program be convincing enough?
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Logged in to my GOES account and it indicates that I have SENTRI even though I only applied for Global Entry. Any SENTRI applicants have Global Entry?
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