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31 Jan, 2014

Coming soon: Clear US customs at Dubai International | GulfNews.com

Dubai: Emirates passengers could be next in line to avail of the American pre-clearance customs procedures in the UAE following the opening of a post in Abu Dhabi last week.

Passengers began using the region’s first United States pre-clearance customs checkpoint at Abu Dhabi International on January 24. The post, manned by US customs officials, enables passengers to skip long queues on arrival in the US by clearing them for immigration prior to departing from Abu Dhabi.

“Dubai International is well-positioned to be the next port of call for US pre-clearance with three airlines, Emirates, United and Delta, soon operating services to a total of nine destinations in the United States,” an Emirates spokesperson told Gulf News in an e-mail.

A Dubai Airports spokesperson echoed that view in a separate statement.

The Abu Dhabi pre-clearance post is expected to alleviate congestion at key US airports by cutting passenger immigration processing time prior to their arrival.

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