The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Álvarez, and Troy Miller, deputy commissioner of the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the USA Department of Homeland Security, signed a memorandum of understanding formally initiating negotiations to incorporate the Republic Dominican Republic among the many partner countries of Global Entry, an initiative that streamlines entry procedures to US territory.
Dominican residents who apply and are approved to take part in Global Entry will give you the option to enter the USA using the control kiosks within the areas of the Federal Inspection Service of 85 airports in the USA and other countries. The officials highlighted the strong cooperation between the Dominican Republic and the US on migration issues and the fight against organized crime.
Those Dominicans approved in Global Entry can even receive the good thing about the TSA PreCheck program, which is able to allow them a faster inspection process at the safety control for domestic and international flights departing from the US, eliminating the requirement to remove the shoes, jackets or belts, in addition to removing computers from carry-on luggage.
The Foreign Minister valued this agreement as a recognition that further fosters trust and the international travel relationship between two countries which are allies and friends. “Once fully implemented, Global Entry will contribute to the growing tourism and business ties that currently position the Dominican Republic as a super destination for relocating North American firms to the region and strengthening supply chains,” he said.
“We’re excited to partner with the Dominican Republic in working to welcome Dominican residents to Global Entry membership in the long run,” said Commissioner Chris Magnus. “Today’s initial steps symbolize our countries’ efforts and commitment to foster a relationship that facilitates legitimate trade and travel, strengthens the safety of each countries, and provides a priceless profit to our residents.”
Ambassador Sonia Guzmán described this initiative as one of the vital significant achievements of the bilateral relationship in recent times. “This has been a priority of our administration since we took office in Washington, and the Dominican embassy and CBP teams have spent months collaborating with their Dominican Republic counterparts.
Dominican to realize this agreement. We thank Minister Álvarez for his vision and his support throughout this process. We hope to start negotiations on the technical facets as soon as possible in order that the Global Entry program can begin to profit hundreds of travelers,” said Guzmán.
The diplomat stressed that when the country completes the method to grow to be a Global Entry partner, the Dominican Republic would grow to be the sixth Latin American country and the eighteenth worldwide to be a part of said program.