U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has admitted Peru into its Global Entry program, which provides expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Peru is the first South American nation to join the program.
"As the newest partner in Global Entry, Peru joins the growing number of U.S. allied nations that see the clear advantages of a better travel experience to the United States," U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said in a statement. "Pre-approved, low-risk visitors from Peru will soon enjoy secure, hassle-free travel to America. In 2013, 217,000 Peruvians visited the United States, and history teaches that the number will increase sharply and more Peruvians will be likely to return as a result of having access to Global Entry. More overseas visitors means more visitor spending and increased economic opportunities in communities all across the country."
Currently, more than 1.8 million travelers are enrolled in Global Entry, and approximately 50,000 new applications for the program are filed monthly.
"The Department of Homeland Security, especially the CBP, earns the travel industry's praise for extending this program into South America," Dow continued. "Let's build on this achievement and further expand the program to America's other close partners around the world."