Monday, 1 June 2015

Is the end of US immigration queues near?

Transatlantic travellers should soon be able to clear US immigration and customs at Heathrow and Manchester airports. The move would speed the entry process at US airports significantly. The queues general clear more quickly than they used to but the wait, after a long flight, is still something you'd rather do without. The country’s Department of Homeland Security said more than two dozen foreign airports had been identified by Customs and Border Protection as having the greatest potential to offer such an operation. Others include Schiphol (Amsterdam), which would help UK passengers changing planes there en route for America – notably those travelling from Scotland. The British Government  – and those of the other countries involved will now begin negotiations aimed at establishing an air pre-clearance agreement. Passengers from Britain can already clear US immigration and customs at Dublin and Shannon airports.  

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