Collado advocates for approving pre-checking of passengers at Punta Cana airport

The Minister of Tourism, David Collado, said that one of the pending issues of his administration is the prior authorization program (Preauthorization) from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that would be applied in the Punta Cana airport, and with which the Dominican Republic would continue to advance in tourism.

He expressed that he supports the immigration inspection at the terminal of the Puntacana Group so that passengers traveling through it save time with CBP inspection, which will not be required when they arrive in the USA.

For his part, the founder of the Puntacana Group, Frank Rainieri, is confident that the Preclearance program will be approved next year, after the elections in the country are over and calm returns to the political sectors.

“You know what the interests are in our country and there have been some interests that have opposed it, for reasons that are not relevant,” he said.

“I believe that only those who are not interested in the country, but rather in their personal interests, can oppose it,” he added, highlighting that they are prepared to work with the process that comes with having a prior review.

He explained that “the important thing is that everyone, regardless of the political party, is aware that preclearance is the only thing that can add a million more passengers to the DR as a tourist destination.”

He understands that the entry of one million tourists would generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars, but with the review, the country could reach 15 million visitors, that is, five million more than projected for this year.

“There can be no particular interests, of anyone, that are above the general interest,” he asserted.

Source: Dominican Today

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