The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering including the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires in a preclearance program that will allow travelers to clear U.S. customs before boarding their plane. Ezeiza is among the 11 new foreign airports in consideration for the program that can make travel time much easier and shorter.
Preclearance means passengers go through the often time-consuming procedures of immigration, customs, and agriculture inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection before getting onto the plane rather than upon arriving in the U.S.
Estimated to come into effect by 2018, the principal aim for this new process is to identify and prevent any high-risk passengers from boarding the plane before actually touching down in the United States. However, this will also mean that those travellng from Buenos Aires will be saved quite a bit of wait time at the other end, and avoid any problems with connecting flights.
The one caveat: it would only be valid for direct flights to the United States.
Most of the 11 airports that are being considered for the program are in South America, including El Dorado International Airport (BOG) in Bogota, Colombia; Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG), Brazil; and São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU).
In 2015, more than 600,000 Argentines traveled to the United States, with 2,500 visas processed in a single day.