Germany and US Make Passport Travel Easier for Beer Drinkers! (and everybody else too!)
Who do you think has the most breweries in the world? If you guessed Germany… you’re wrong! Germany does have just about 1,300 breweries, but they are second to one country… yup, you guessed it… the United States, who has approximately 1,500 breweries.
If you want to visit these 1,300 German breweries, be sure to bring along a designated driver and book your trip soon because now more than ever it is easier to travel to Germany from the United States. Travel has become easier since officials in both countries signed legislation to eliminate much of the red tape, while making travel more efficient!
So, grab those passports and break out the wiener schnitzel!
Officials at the US Department of Homeland Security and the German Interior Ministry together signed a document that states each country’s intent to ease travel between the United States and Germany. The move aims to integrate biometric trusted traveler programs from each country. Eventually, both the United States’ Global Entry program and Germany’s Automated and Biometrics-Supported Border Controls program will be aligned. This will allow approved travelers access to biometric passport approval which would lead to potentially huge reductions in traveler wait time. This combination means that German citizens traveling to the United States and U.S. citizens traveling to Germany will be authorized to use the eachothers biometric trusted traveler programs. This new partnership is anticipated to help improve efficiency and security in their respective airports.
Hopefully, this partnership will be successful and lead to more global partnerships aimed at making international travel easier for those travelers who are part of the biometric trusted traveler programs.
And, just in case you were wondering, the number 1 imported German beer may be Beck’s but the #1 beer in Germany is Oettinger. Prost! (German for Cheers!)