Santa cleared for entry to US: Official
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Santa Claus was officially cleared for entry into the United States (US) on Monday as federal agriculture officials waived stringent livestock checks on his nine reindeer.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in a light-hearted statement that a "Mr. S.Claus" of the North Pole was free to enter the United States with his reindeer from December 24 to December 25.
"During this season of giving, USDA wants to do everything in its power to help Santa," said Mr John R. Clifford, USDA's Chief Veterinary Officer.
"We agreed to waive the normal application fees and entry inspection/overtime costs, provided he winks his eye and wishes port personnel a Merry Christmas at the time of crossing."