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InsideFlyer has learned from the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security that the much delayed Registered Travel Programme (RTP-NL) and Global Entry will finally launch in April this year. Although the news is primarily of interest to Dutch passport holders (who will be able to enter the USA more easily), there is also a benefit for Brits too…
What is RTP-NL?
The Registered Traveler Program has two aspects 1) – access for Dutch travellers to USA Global Entry. 2) – The option for non-Dutch travellers from approved countries to use the automated passport gates (e-gates) at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
From April this year, eligible travellers will be able to register for free with their e-passport at the Registration Offices on arrival at Schiphol Airport.
Eligibility will initially include passport holders from the UK, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, US and Australia. According to the Ministry, the membership of RTP-NL is initially valid for 1 year and can then be extended for a period of 5 years.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is well known to many frequent travellers – and the city itself is ideal for a weekend away, or a stopover when connecting to a long-haul flight. Being able to use the e-gates should mean less time wasted in queues and is therefore likely to be a popular option.
Fingers crossed there are no last-minute delays!
Feature image credit: Schiphol Airport