Brazil and the United States have taken the first step towards facilitating travelers’ entry into the United States.
With the Global Entry program, frequent traveler to the U.S. will be able to enter the country using automatic kiosks and skipping going through an interview with the immigration officer.
The office of President Jair Bolsonaro’s chief of staff said a pilot program will be implemented with a small group of 20 executives to identify technical and operational issues that will later enable the program to be fully implemented.
Brazil is already the fifth largest inbound travel market and generated a US$ 11.2 billion trade surplus in the U.S. last year, according to a statement by the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy of the US Travel Association, Tori Emerson Barnes.
Currently 11 countries are already participating in the Global Entry program, including Argentina, India, Colombia, Great Britain, Germany, Panama, South Korea, Switzerland, Mexico and Canada.
How does it work?
Participants of the Global Entry program do not need to go through interviews with US immigration officers. At certain airports they will simply present their passports at the Global Entry automatic kiosks, place their fingerprints on the scanner, and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and will direct them to baggage claim and departure.
To participate, candidates must complete a registration that will grant pre-approval to the program, after rigorous background checks and personal interviewing.
For Pedro Drummond, partner at Drummond Advisors and lawyer specialized in business immigration, this benefit will make it easier for executives who are constantly traveling from among the two countries. “Brazil’s participation in the program is a further incentive for trade and investment between the two countries. But remember that being a participant in the Global Entry does not replace the requirement of the visa. It’s just a way to ease the clearance process at the airport for those who already have the appropriate visa.”