Published On: Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014

Possible preclearance for U.S. flights at Hato

AirportWILLEMSTAD – Curaçao is also looking into the possibility of preclearance to United States destinations. Currently Aruba is already offering preclearance, which means that travelers to the United States traveling from Aruba don’t have to go through U.S. Customs, but can go straight to get their suitcases.

The United States operates border preclearance facilities at a number of ports and airports in foreign countries. They are staffed and operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. Travelers pass through Immigration and Customs, Public Health, and Department of Agriculture inspections before boarding their aircraft, ship or train. This process is intended to streamline border procedures, to reduce congestion at ports of entry, and to facilitate travel between the preclearance location and some U.S. airports that may not be equipped to handle international travelers.

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Jose Jardim has now made arrangements with U.S. to see what is needed to allow preclearance at the Curaçao airport.

 

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