TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Department of Homeland Security is partnering with Public Safety Canada and the Secretariat of Governance of Mexico to outline the first steps in the creation of a North American Trusted Traveler network, according to a recent DHS release. To help make it easier for eligible travelers in all three countries to apply for expedited screening programs.
Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security and his counterparts in Canada and Mexico signed the agreement for this new program on July 10. The hope is to promote legitimate travel across the continent.
"Trusted Traveler programs are a vital tool to facilitate international travel and trade," said Secretary Johnson, in the release. "I am pleased to work together with Canada and Mexico to lay the groundwork for expedited arrival screening for pre-approved travelers from all three countries. We are committed to enhancing the travel experience through our risk-based approach to aviation security, and this expanded partnership will benefit travelers all across North America."
According to the release: 'Mexican nationals who are members of Mexico's Viajero Confiable program will be able to apply for the U.S. - Canada NEXUS trusted traveler program, making them eligible for expedited screening benefits upon arrival at international airports in the United States and Canada. The arrangement will also allow Canadian citizens who are members of NEXUS to apply for Viajero Confiable, making them eligible for expedited screening benefits upon arrival at select international airports in Mexico. U.S. citizens are currently eligible to apply for the NEXUS and Viajero Confiable trusted traveler programs through existing partnerships between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Public Safety Canada and Mexico's National Institute of Migration.'
Travelers eligible for each of the programs will be able to apply starting in 2016.