American immigration pre-clearance to start in Dubai
Travelling made easy for the UAE
Speaking at an event in Los Angeles — celebrating the launch of direct flights from Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways — Michael Corbin, the United States Ambassador to the UAE, said, "We are looking at Dubai as an option for pre-clearance. It has only been operational for a few months in Abu Dhabi but has been a huge success and we want to expand it in the UAE. President Obama has made it his priority to encourage more visitors to the US and this is a big part of that."
The facility allows all people travelling to America from Abu Dhabi to clear US immigration in the UAE capital before boarding the plane, meaning that on arrival in the United States, passengers will be treated as domestic arrivals.
"Dubai is more complex because you have flights leaving from different terminals and more US flights. But I think it can be done in 10 months to a year. The challenge is more logistical than political," Corbin stated.