Panama To Enter USA's Global Entry Program
By Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
21 November, 2013
US Vice President Joe Biden has announced that Panama will be incorporated into the Global Entry Program from January 1, 2014, giving expedited clearance for pre-approved Panamanian travelers on arrival in the USA.
Speaking alongside President Ricardo Martinelli, Biden described the move as good for trade and tourism, and he called it "a reflection of our friendship and our trust in Panama and the Panamanian people." He also commended Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino for "great work" on what he called "the security side of the equation."
Martinelli became the first Panamanian to access the Program, at a special ceremony. He said that he was honoured that Panama had joined the scheme and the USA were strategic partners, while Mulino added that entry into the program has been given in recognition of good cooperation between the two countries.
American citizens will in turn be able to visit Panama through the country's "Panama Global Pass."
The Global Entry Program is currently open to US citizens and lawful permanent residents, Dutch citizens, South Korean citizens and Mexican nationals. Canadian citizens and residents may enjoy Global Entry benefits through membership in the NEXUS program.
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