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US border control coming to Arlanda airport

Published fredag 4 november 2016 kl 11.38
US Ambassador and Swedish Home Affairs Minister
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US Ambassador Azita Raji and Sweden's Minister for Home Affairs Anders Ygeman signed the preclearance agreement on Friday. Credit: Stina Stjernkvist / TT
Arlanda airport
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Planes fly to more than 180 destinations from Arlanda. Credit: Mikael Fritzon/TT

Sweden and the US signed an agreement on Friday which will allow travellers to the US to go through immigration and customs at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport.

The so-called preclearance agreement means that US staff will be responsible for the checks at the terminal in Arlanda.

It was signed by US ambassador Azita Raji and Sweden's Minister of Home Affairs Anders Ygeman at the American embassy in Stockholm.

The Swedish government says the agreement will make it easier to travel between the two countries and also make Sweden more attractive as a business location for companies.

Sweden will become the second European country to have US immigration checks on its own soil after Ireland, according to TT news agency.

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