The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has signed a trilateral agreement with its counterparts Public Safety Canada and the Secretariat of Governance of Mexico to create a North American Trusted Traveler program that will permit pre-approved, low-risk travelers to participate in expedited screening programs at international airports to facilitate travel across the continent.
Under the agreement, Mexican nationals who are members of Mexico’s Viajero Confiable program will be eligible to apply for the U.S. – Canada NEXUS trusted traveler program to receive expedited arrival screening at international airports in the United States and Canada. The program will also allow Canadian citizens who are members of NEXUS to apply for Viajero Confiable, making them eligible to receive expedited clearance 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. Pre-approved travelers from all three countries will be able to apply for each program beginning in 2016.