For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 9, 2004
G8 Travel Initiative
G-8 Secure and Facilitated International Travel Initiative (SAFTI)
G-8 SECURE AND FACILITATED INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INITIATIVE (SAFTI)
Terrorist attacks against the transportation system remain a
serious threat to our citizens and to world commerce. We, the G-8
Leaders, are committed to further assuring the safety of the traveling
public while working cooperatively to facilitate movement of travelers
across our borders.
At Kananaskis in June 2002, we agreed on a set of actions to
promote greater security of land, sea, and air transport, including
cargo, to ensure safe, secure, efficient and reliable transportation
world-wide. At Evian in 2003, we introduced a plan for the control of
Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), and established the Counter
Terrorism Action Group (CTAG) to assist willing states in building
their capacity to counter the terrorist threat.
Today, at Sea Island, we agree on a set of actions that will
further enhance the security of the traveling public while improving
the efficiency and facilitating the ease of travel. These include
actions to implement and expand the scope of the Evian MANPADS plan.
In the Secure and Facilitated International Travel Initiative
(SAFTI), G-8 members support raising standards, modernizing procedures,
and exchanging information in order to deter threats, reduce costs, and
help ensure safe and efficient movement of passengers and cargo,
thereby benefiting international commerce while enhancing security.
We recognize the urgency of our need to work together to counter
the terrorist threat within a framework that fully respects the
sovereign rights of states to control their borders and that is in
compliance with domestic laws and international obligations relating to
privacy. We reaffirm our commitment to promote and implement relevant
international standards in appropriate fora such as ICAO and IMO. In
this regard, we agree to the following shared principles, which
underlie our initiative:
- Work collaboratively, cooperatively, and reciprocally to
protect borders and facilitate trade and travel.
movement of travelers across international borders quickly and easily,
while focusing enforcement resources on enhanced security procedures,
including risk analysis methods.
- Permit visa-free travel and
simplify and expedite visa processing when acceptable to the receiving
- Maximize effective information exchange among partner
states as a key element of strengthening international border
- Work cooperatively to improve screening methods for
international travelers, crews, and cargo for known or emerging threats
as far in advance as possible.
- Make all possible efforts to
ensure that travel documents are secure, resistant to fraud and
- Ensure effective, coordinated
responses to imminent threats.
To demonstrate our resolve to expeditiously address security
vulnerabilities and ensure the traveling public that we are taking all
appropriate steps to protect their safety, we announce today that we
already have completed the following actions from the SAFTI
- The promotion and implementation of enhanced international
standards for the secure issuance of passports;
establishment of a 24-hour aviation point of contact network to address
imminent threats to airlines; and
- The preparation of an
information manual for assessing the vulnerability of G-8 airports to
the MANPADS threat.
The agreed SAFTI Action Plan follows and includes 28 individual
action items. Where a projected completion date is not specified for an
action item still in progress, we commit to achieving measurable
progress by December 2004, with a report on such progress by January
G-8 Secure and Facilitated International Travel Initiative
Document Interoperability through International Standards
- Expedite cooperative work to develop and export best
practices, including methods of risk analysis, to ensure security while
facilitating travel across international borders, particularly for
frequent travelers, without compromising existing or future security
procedures. We will ensure these best practices are fair and
- Work with ICAO and others to strengthen
international standardized practices for passport issuance, and
encourage their adoption and implementation by all governments. We
will work to effect implementation by the 2005 Summit.
- Accelerate development of international standards for the
interoperability of government-issued smart chip passports and other
government-issued identity documents. We will work for implementation
by the 2005 Summit.
International Information Exchange
- Develop mechanisms, where possible, for
real-time data exchange with respect to validation of travel documents,
visa watchlist information and advanced passenger information, while
fully respecting applicable personal data protection rules. Interim
progress by December 2004, with a view toward beginning implementation
- Agree to provide effective and timely information
exchange on the terrorist watchlist or lookout data of participating
countries on a reciprocal basis, using procedures that satisfy security
concerns and are consistent with the privacy and other laws of those
countries. Status report to be provided by the end of the year;
implement by the 2005 Summit.
- Agree to start providing
information by December 2004 to an Interpol database that allows for
real-time information sharing on lost and stolen international travel
- In carrying out the SAFTI initiative, share best
practices on effective cooperation between intelligence and law
MANPADS Threat Reduction
- Accelerate efforts to destroy excess and/or
obsolete MANPADS and provide assistance to do so where needed.
- Work toward expedited adoption of the updated 2003 Wassenaar
"Elements for Export Controls on MANPADS" as an international
- Further strengthen controls on transfer of MANPADS
production technology to deter marketing of MANPADS by countries that
do not maintain strong standards of export controls.
a best practices document, that can be adopted as an international
standard, on optimal methods for securely storing MANPADS.
- Develop a methodology to be used by G-8 countries in assessing
airport vulnerability to the MANPADS threat and effective
countermeasures, taking into account the study conducted by ICAO.
- Improve methods for enhancing MANPADS identification techniques and
countermeasures against smuggling.
Capacity Building and Collaboration
- Collaborate to improve methodologies,
techniques and systems to analyze data on passengers, crew and cargo in
advance of travel. Provide a status report by December 2004; where
improved approaches are agreed, seek to begin to implement them by the
- Develop procedures, working with ICAO, to ensure
that all states have proper inspections and enforcement regimes to
ensure that airlines and airports are complying with international
- Establish a Point-of-Contact network for the
communication of imminent threats to civilian air transportation and
urgent security requests, and guidelines for responding.
- Accelerate efforts to develop best practices and procedures for air
and ground countermeasures, including the training, qualification and
use of guards and sky marshals, as appropriate; examine how to work
within ICAO and CTAG to share expertise and information with others.
Begin implementation of these agreed best practices and procedures by
December 2004; finalize in 2005.
- Examine ways and means to
collaborate, on a reciprocal basis, on the forward placement of
document advisors, where this will effectively contribute to aviation
security and where mutually acceptable and bilateral arrangements are
- Develop arrangements to ensure that passengers and
their hold and cabin bags, once screened, are protected from unlawful
interference, through the deployment of a "layered security" regime
comprising background checks on staff; robust physical access controls;
and arrangements to limit access to screened passengers and their bags
to persons who are subject to an appropriate security system. Seek to
finalize plans in 2005 for implementing the regime.
- Work to
develop and promote cost effective, robust flight deck security, first
by pressing for full compliance by October 2004 by all States with the
requirements of the ICAO Standards for all passenger aircraft of over
45.5 metric tons or more than 60 passenger seats to be fitted with
reinforced flight deck doors, and then by examining ways to reinforce
flight deck security, including reinforced bulkheads. All such
carriers flying within G-8 airspace should be compliant on flight deck
door security by October 2004. Provide progress report on bulkhead
security study by 2005 Summit.
- Identify and adopt best
practices within the G-8, and then promote these practices
internationally, to ensure that appropriate information regarding
passengers in transit is provided to the transit state from the
immediately preceding departure state.
- Study and assess the
need for, and the feasibility of, developing guidelines similar to ICAO
Standards of Aviation Security for possible application to General
Aviation and Corporate/Business Aviation operations in order to enhance
- Endorse and promote mechanisms for
frequent consultation with public and private sector transportation
- Expand research and development
collaboration on biometric technologies, working with ICAO, to develop
for practical implementation a next-generation passenger control
concept. Show progress by 2005.
- Examine ways and means to
further improve, simplify and expedite visa procedures to enhance
security and facilitate legitimate travel when acceptable to the
- Assess and reduce terrorism-related risk in
the maritime domain through focused cooperative efforts, beginning with
voluntary self audits and the development of a port facilities security
auditing methodology and checklist among the G-8 and within the
International Maritime Organization, taking into account the concept of
the ICAO audit program for aviation security.
increased support for capacity building through CTAG to willing states
to improve their travel document approval and issuance systems, and
- Undertake, through CTAG, to examine how the
G-8 and other states or organizations can assist states in meeting and
sustaining these new security requirements.