The US Department of Homeland Security says that it hopes to add new pre-clearance operations to ten foreign airports in Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Pre-clearance is the process by which CBP Officers stationed abroad screen passengers heading to the U.S. before they leave a foreign port. A flight that has been pre-cleared overseas arrives at the U.S. airport like a domestic flight. Even better, most pre-clearance facilities offer expedited processing to members of Global Entry.
The 10 new airports identified for possible pre-clearance include:
Brussels Airport, Belgium
Punta Cana Airport, Dominican Republic
Tokyo Narita International Airport, Japan
Amsterdam Airport Schipol, Netherlands
Oslo Airport, Norway
Madrid-Barajas Airport, Spain
Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Sweden
Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Turkey
London Heathrow Airport, UK
Manchester Airport, UK
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DHS says that these countries represent some of the busiest last points of departure to the U.S. – in 2014, nearly 20 million passengers traveled to the U.S. from these ten airports.
“I want to take every opportunity we have to push our homeland security out beyond our borders so that we are not defending the homeland from the one-yard line. Preclearance is a win-win for the traveling public. It provides aviation and homeland security, and it reduces wait times upon arrival at the busiest U.S. airports,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.
CBP says it currently has more than 600 law enforcement officers and agriculture specialists stationed at 15 air pre-clearance locations in 6 countries: Dublin and Shannon in Ireland; Aruba; Freeport and Nassau in The Bahamas; Bermuda; Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Winnipeg in Canada; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Last year, CBP cleared over 16 million passengers through these preclearance locations.
Have you passed through a pre-clearance facility? What did you think?
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