During my transit through Frankfurt last month, I had an opportunity to join the German Trusted Traveler Program called EasyPASS.
EasyPASS is the German equivalent of Global Entry and available to U.S. citizens, whether you have Global Entry in the USA or not. It is free to join and take mere minutes.
You can sign up for EasyPass at the following German airports:
- Dusseldorf (DUS)
- Frankfurt (FRA)
- Hambrug (HAM)
- Munich (MUC)
I was in Frankfurt and found the EasyPASS office in Terminal 1 on the first landing of the stairwell leading to the trains to Terminal 2.
The office used to be near Lufthansa First Class check-in, but moved last year.
Look for the “Service Center Federal Police” sign. There, you’ll find another sign for an “Enrollment” office.
The process could not have been easier. There was no line and a uniformed border agent invited me to sit in front of his desk. He scanned my passport, did some typing, then printed out a simple form for me to sign twice. The process took not more than 10 minutes. He signed the paper as well, then told me I could start using the automated lane immediately.
And I did. It worked perfectly. You’ll proceed through the EU/Swiss lane, scan your passport, proceed through the e-reader, then a border agent will quickly stamp your passport.
Even when you arrive in first class at Frankfurt, you often face long security lines without an EU or Swiss passport. This was an easy, painless, free process that will no doubt save me a lot of time in future trips to Germany. Note, you will only be able to use e-lanes in Germany, not other EU nations.