U.K. Airports Considering Preclearance

By Paul Riegler on 9 July 2017
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A security checkpoint at London Heathrow Airport

A security checkpoint at London Heathrow Airport

Travelers departing for the United States from airports in the United Kingdom might be able to clear customs and immigration before departure if discussions between the U.S. government and the Home Office come to fruition.

Preclearance at the airport of departure would mean that travelers flying to the United States would be able to clear customs at the airport in the United Kingdom and would enter the United States for all intents and purposes as a domestic passenger.

Two airports, namely Manchester and Edinburgh, are reportedly considering implementing preclearance which, once given a green light, would take approximately five years to implement.

The first preclearance facility opened in 1952 at Toronto Pearson International Airport. There are currently 15 preclearance locations across the globe including eight at major Canadian airports, two in Ireland, and three in the Bahamas.

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