DR becomes the 16th country to be part of Global Entry
Foreign Minister Roberto Alvarez announced that the Dominican Republic became a partner in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Global Entry program, making it easier for Dominicans to enter the United States.
Alvarez explained that with this step Dominicans with visas will be able to apply for entry online and then easily enter using the inspection kiosks without having to wait in line.
He stated that all those who comply will become trusted travelers with facilities that will not have to wait in line.
Dominican Republic thus becomes the 16th country to be part of Global Entry and the sixth in Latin America and the Caribbean.
What is Global Entry and how can Dominicans apply?
The Chancellor said that this achievement is the result of the work done by the government with the collaboration of public servants such as the director of Customs, who managed to integrate the State databases required to enter the program.
President Luis Abinader thanked President Joe Biden and assured that this decision is a sign of the good relations that the country maintains with the United States.
“I want to begin by thanking President Biden and his government for this distinction that they are making to the Dominican Republic,” said the president.
He explained that the agreement includes some 77 airports in the U.S. and affirmed that this opens up new opportunities to strengthen ties between the two nations.
The announcement was made in the presence of almost all government ministers, Sonia Guzman, Dominican Republic ambassador to the United States, and dozens of directors, businessmen and other high-ranking officials.
The ministers of Youth, Rafael J. Féliz García; of Industry and Commerce, Víctor Bisonó (Ito); of Housing, Carlos Bolilla; of Energy and Mines, Antonio Almonte; of Education, Ángel Hernández and of Higher Education, Franklin García Fermín were present.
In addition, those of Treasury, José Manuel (Jochi) Vicente; of Public Health, Daniel Rivera; of Agriculture, Limber Cruz; Administrative of the Presidency, José Ignacio Paliza, and of Economy, Pavel Isa Contreras.
Also, the general director of Internal Taxes, Luis Valdez Veras.
Abinader headed the press conference after participating in the ninth meeting with the heads of state security institutions at the National Police to follow up on his citizen security strategy.