India and the US have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) – called the Global Entry Program – that will allow selected Indians to get hassle-free and quick clearance through American airports.
The MoU was inked on Friday in Washington by Indian ambassador Arun Singh and US customs and border protection deputy commissioner Kevin McAleenan. The program allows for pre-approved and low-risk travellers easier passage through immigration and customs and other procedures. The program will go into effect within a few months.
The MOU calls for both India and the US to jointly scrutinize the list of Indian nationals to be approved. They will then be allowed to process their travel documents at special kiosks in the airports and breeze through the terminal
India is only the seventh country enrolled in this program. The others are Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Panama, Mexico and South Korea.
ndian ambassador Arun Singh said: “Expedited entry for the Indian travellers under this programme at the US airports will enable further easing of travel environment, and will have positive impact people-to-people exchange.” We understand that the US maintains Global Entry partnership with a limited number of countries and we appreciate the US government’s offer of membership to India in this programme,” he said.
The Global Entry Programme is available at more than 40 US airports and 12 pre-clearance locations. More than 1.8 million people are enrolled in the programme and about 50,000 new applications are filed every month, according to US government statistics. – CINEWS