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India signs agreement for smooth travel to U.S.

Staff writer ▼ | June 18, 2016
Indians visiting U.S. are set for smoother arrivals, where they can avoid passport lines as India joins the club of nations which are a part of the Global Entry Programme of the U.S.
Kevin K. McAleenan
Easier traveling   U.S. Customs and Border Protection programme
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) programme that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival in the U.S.

According to home ministry officials in India, the agreement was likely to come in force by end of July or August.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for making India a part of the programme was signed by CBP Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan and Indian Ambassador Arun K.Singh on June 3.

An official statement from US embassy on Friday called it a "valuable tool for the U.S. and India to enhance security and the economic partnership between the two nations".

It added that it will "expedite travel for pre-approved, low-risk air travellers to the US once they have applied and has been approved for the Global Entry programme".

McAleenan said: "This is a very nice step forward as we work to create opportunities to expedite travel between our nations, and it's so important to our economies".