By Staff writer
Saudi travellers to US will be able to clear immigrations inspections prior to departure
Saudi travellers to the US will be able to get visa-pre-clearance from Riyadh and Jeddah airports under plans being implemented at present, local media reported.
A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility is being set up at both airports to process US-bound passengers’ arrival documents before landing in the US.
The facility will allow passengers to undertake all immigration and customs inspections prior to their departure, according to a report in Saudi Gazette.
Passengers will then be able to check through their baggage to their final destination in the US, and on arrival they will be treated as domestic arrivals, the newspaper said.
At present, Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is one of the only other GCC airports that offers this facility, it added.
It has been reported that more than 600,000 people used the US pre-clearance facility at AUH in 2015.