Indian tourists soon to have hassle-free entry in US

RSTV Bureau

modi_obamaIn a good news for frequent Indian travellers to United States, a speedy security clearance will soon make their entry hassle-free. India and the US have signed an MoU to facilitate smooth entry of Indians into America at selected airports by providing speedy security clearances for pre-approved, low-risk travellers from the country.

The MoU is another development reflective of the growing relationship between the two nations. Significantly, India is only the ninth country with which the US has entered into this International Expedited Traveller Initiative also known as the Global Entry Programme.

However, the move would take a few months to implement.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Indian Ambassador to the US Arun K Singh and Kevin K McAleenan, Deputy Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection.

“After joint scrutiny and clearance by both countries, the approved Indian travellers will be extended the facility of expedited entry into the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports,” a statement 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 on all kinds of people-to-people exchange between our two countries,” Arun K Singh said at the MoU signing ceremony.

Citing several initiatives have been taken by the Modi government for easing travel from the United States to India, which includes issuance of long term visas and introduction of electronic-tourist visas for US citizens, the Indian envoy also added that strengthening people-to-people ties between the two countries has been at the very core of PM Modi’s vision of Indo-US ties.

“India’s entry into Global Entry Programme will further ease travel between our two countries and strengthen people-to-people ties,” he said.

Currently, Global Entry Programme is available at more than 40 US airports and 12 preclearance locations. More than 1.8 million people are enrolled in Global Entry and approximately 50,000 new applications for the programme are filed every month.

(With inputs from the PTI)