India has joined the club of nations that is part of the Global Entry Programme in the US. Global Entry is a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) programme that enables expedited clearance for pre-approved low-risk travelers upon arrival in the US.
The Memorandum of Understanding for the programme was signed by CBP Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan and Indian Ambassador Arun K Singh on June 3 and the agreement is likely to come into force by the end of July or August.
A statement from the US Embassy called it ‘a valuable tool for the US and India to enhance security, and for the economic alliance between the two nations’. ‘It will also expedite travel for the passengers once they have applied and have been approved for the Global Entry programme’.
The two countries have been working towards the agreement since 2014, when representatives from each nation met to discuss an overview of the Global Entry Programme.
Ambassador Singh noted that many people of Indian descent live in the US and people from both nations travel often to each other’s country, so the initiative will bring direct benefit to these travellers.