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US-bound passengers travelling via Stockholm may soon be subject to pre-clearance formalities

Travellers from Finland heading to the US via Stockholm may experience delays in the future owing to a new agreement between Sweden and US that will see US Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance operations at Arlanda Airport. As for Finnish airport authority Finavia, it says that after previewing pre-clearance formalities, it's not keen on introducing the system at Helsinki Airport.

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Stockholm's Arlanda Airport Image: SVT

Travellers changing planes in Stockholm and boarding US-bound flights may experience delays in the future owing to the US and Sweden's new border agreement, the implementation of US Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance operations at Arlanda Airport.

With pre-clearance, travellers undergo immigration, customs, and agriculture inspections before boarding a flight to the United States at a foreign airport rather than upon arrival in the US.

One of the goals is to thwart unwelcome individuals from entering the US.

Finavia not keen on idea for Helsinki Airport

After reviewing the pre-clearance process, Finnish airport authority Finavia says it's not looking to pursue similar operations at Helsinki Airport.

"Another country moves its border formalities to the departure airport (in another country) -- it's a bit like outsourcing your own problems," says Ville Haapasaari, Director of Helsinki Airport.

Pre-clearance at Arlanda by 2019

The US-Sweden agreement, which was signed in early November, is expected to lead to a process that will take between 12-18 months. Pre-clearance operations may begin at Stockholm Arlanda Airport as early as 2019.

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