Expedited entry into US for S'porean travellers on the cards

Expedited entry into US for S'porean travellers on the cards

Singaporeans could soon skip long immigration queues when arriving at major airports in the United States.

Border agencies of both countries signed an agreement on Monday to explore the development of the Trusted Traveller Programme (TTP).

The arrangement will allow Singapore citizens to beat the queues and enter the US via automated clearance kiosks, and vice versa. Details of when the agreement will become operational are still being worked out.

It is understood that Singaporeans travelling to the US will have to apply to the embassy here to join the programme.

Once they have been assessed as having met the requirements of the host country, they will be able to use automated immigration facilities at US airports.

Singapore has similar arrangements with Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority commissioner Clarence Yeo said: "The Trusted Traveller Programme underscores the strategic partnership between the US and Singapore, as well as the common interest we share in providing convenience and facilitating travel for citizens between both countries while keeping our borders safe and secure."

US Customs and Border Protection spokesman R. Gill Kerlikowske said: "The TPP provides expedited travel for pre-approved, low-risk travellers. The US is pleased to see the partnership and cooperation between the US and Singapore demonstrated in this agreement."

This article was first published on Dec 3, 2014.
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