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Guam’s Bordallo urges Narita preclearance with Japan envoy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Office of the Guam Congressional Delegate) — U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo met with Japan’s ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae, to discuss establishing a U.S. Customs and Border Protection air Preclearance operation at the Narita International Airport.

CBP, in partnership with the Guam Visitors Bureau, is in negotiations with Narita International Airport and the government of Japan to establish this program in order to expedite the visitor arrival process for passengers entering the United States.

U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo of Guam meets with Japan’s Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae to discuss establishing preclearance operations at the Narita International Airport.U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo of Guam meets with Japan’s Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae to discuss establishing preclearance operations at the Narita International Airport.

Congresswoman Bordallo has worked with GVB, CBP, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to address long visitor wait times at Guam International Airport, including advocating for additional immigration agents and the installation of automated kiosks for inbound foreign travelers. Preclearance would be additional benefit for passengers traveling to Guam and she is committed to assisting the process of establishing preclearance at Narita International Airport.

CBP air preclearance operations is the strategic stationing of CBP law enforcement personnel overseas to inspect travelers prior to boarding U.S.-bound flights. Through preclearance, CBP officers conduct the same immigration, customs, and agriculture inspections of international air travelers typically performed upon arrival in the United States before departure from foreign airports.

U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo joins Guam Visitors Bureau vice chairman Monte Mesa at the U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. From left, Barbara Mesa, U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Inouye, Bordallo, Monte Mesa, and Amanda Mesa.  Office of the Guam Congressional Delegate photosU.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo joins Guam Visitors Bureau vice chairman Monte Mesa at the U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. From left, Barbara Mesa, U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Inouye, Bordallo, Monte Mesa, and Amanda Mesa. Office of the Guam Congressional Delegate photos

Congresswoman Bordallo also recently met with GVB vice chairman Monte Mesa in Washington, D.C. who requested her support for establishing preclearance at Narita International Airport. She joined him on Monday at the U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference, which convenes professionals and interested parties to discuss opportunities for future growth and cooperation between the United States and Japan.

“Our island prides itself on being a hospitable and friendly tourist destination,” Bordallo said. “Easing the arrival process and reducing arrival wait times is important to making our visitors feel welcome from the moment they land on Guam. I have worked cooperatively with the Guam Visitors Bureau, the Guam International Airport Authority, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to address challenges we have had at GIAA in processing visitors from foreign countries. I believe Preclearance at Narita International Airport would be a helpful option for visitors arriving from Japan. I will work with GVB, CBP, and the Japanese Government to move this process forward. I thank GVB Vice Chairman Monte Mesa for raising this matter with me, and I look forward to supporting GVB’s efforts to establish this program at Narita and possibly other airports.”