US, Belgium reach ‘preclearance’ agreement

The US and Belgium said on Monday (28 September) they had reached a “preclearance” agreement which will allow US-bound passengers from Brussels to undergo US customs and immigration checks before departing Europe.

A “preclearance” agreement will allow passengers to then proceed directly to connecting flights or to exit the airport after they land in the United States.
Once the program is operational, Brussels will be the first location for US preclearance operations in mainland Europe.
The agreement has been under discussion for more than five years.
The agreement, which was signed in Brussels by US Ambassador to Belgium Ronald Gidwitz and Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Defence Philippe Goffin, must be ratified by the Belgian Parliament, and technical agreements must be completed with the Brussels Airport Company.

(Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)

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