MoU signed for has­sle-free en­try of In­di­ans at se­lect US air­ports

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­

WASH­ING­TON: In­dia and the US have signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) that will al­low se­lect In­di­ans ex­pe­dited clear­ance through Amer­i­can air­ports.

Called the Global En­try Pro­gramme, the MoU inked on Fri­day by In­dian am­bas­sador Arun Singh and US cus­toms and bor­der pro­tec­tion deputy com­mis­sioner Kevin McAleenan al­lows pre-ap­proved and low-risk trav­ellers ex­pe­dited en­try upon ar­rival at se­lect air­ports.

When in place in a few months, In­dia will be only the sev­enth coun­try en­rolled in this US pro­gramme. The oth­ers are Britain, Ger­many, the Nether­lands, Panama, Mex­ico and South Korea.

In­dia and the US will jointly scru­ti­nise and clear In­di­ans ap­proved for this pro­gramme — likely to be just a hand­ful to be­gin with — who will exit through au­to­matic kiosks.

“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 on all kinds of peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­change be­tween our two coun­tries,” In­dian am­bas­sador Arun Singh said at the sign­ing.

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