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Advance Passenger Bill passed to tighten safety and Security
May 25, 2017

The Advance Passenger Information Bill 2017 was read a third time and passed into law on Tuesday May 23rd, during the Sitting of Parliament.

The aim of the bill is to facilitate the provision of advance information relating to passengers and crew members of an aircraft or vessel to share information with other states with a view to identifying persons who may pose risks to security and safety and for matters connected therewith.

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, stated, “The subject matter of the sharing of advance passenger information, came into vogue sometime in 2006 and has now become an international best standard practice, in relation to travel, and more and more countries have become involved with the provision of advance passenger information.” 

Dr. Harris explained that in 2014 the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), became a United Nations (UN) member state prerequisite when “Resolution 2178” was adopted by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

The system enhances border security by providing officers with pre-arrival and departure manifest data on all passengers and crew members.

He added that gaps in this original system were tightened by UN Security Council Resolution 2309 that was passed in September 2016, as a means of restricting the flow of foreign terrorists.

Premier of Nevis and Senior Minister in the Federal Government, the Hon. Vance Amory, supported the Bill, noting that it is an important piece of document.

The APIS was established by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).


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