Homeland Security Expanding Airport Preclearance to 11 New Airports

January 5, 2018

The Homeland Security Department has selected 11 new airports located in different countries to receive the US Preclearance – a program that will allow US immigration and customs agents to screen travelers to the United States prior to shipment, including Brazil. Among the selected Brazilian airports are Guarulhos (SP) and Galeão (RJ).

GRU – Aeroporto Internacional de São Paulo
[Sao Paulo International Airport – Brazil]

The proposal is to help reduce flight delays and make life easier for passengers who have connections in the United States and who often face long queues for immigration at the time of landing.

By doing the immigration procedures in Brazil, the passengers would disembark in the United States as if they were in domestic flights, without having to face queues. The selected airports along with the Brazilians were: Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Mexico City, Milan, Rome, Edinburgh, Osaka, St. Maarten and Iceland. Currently, only six have the US Preclearance.

However, there is no set deadline for the measure to be implemented. Agreement signed between the Brazilian and American governments is required to make this a reality.

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