Questions tagged [pre-clearance]

A form of juxtaposed border control, where you clear customs and immigration before departing.

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I just entered the USA without passport control at Atlanta airport

I'm a Canadian NEXUS holder, and I landed at Atlanta airport earlier this morning on a Delta flight. Exiting from the plane, the security (or an airport worker) guided me to an exit through the hall. ...
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Checking baggage through to final destination, Canada to US?

I'm a Canadian citizen, traveling from Canada to the US. I have a 5-hour layover in Toronto where I will continue to Minneapolis. Will I need to claim my baggage to take it through customs at YYZ? If ...
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Arriving in Atlanta after US Preclearance in Dublin. Will I go through TSA security in Atlanta to transfer to a connecting flight?

For my specific flights, I'm flying out of Dublin (Terminal 2) which has US customs pre-clearance. I arrive in Atlanta before connecting to San Francisco. I'd like to shop at the duty free store in ...
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Going Amsterdam to Miami via Toronto. Do bags go thru to MIA?

I am going from Amsterdam to Miami via Toronto. Do bags go thru to MIA? Or do I also do customs in Canada ?
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Embassy background check [closed]

Can Regional security officer(work at embassies) ask the host government for privat informations that are only allowed for judge's and law enforcement agencies about a candidate for a background ...
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If I am interviewed by US immigration in Canada, will I be interviewed again when I arrive in the US?

I am heading to Dallas from Canada right now. I was already interviewed by US immigration and received a visa stamp too. Am I going to be interviewed again in Dallas? I would like to know because of ...
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Transit time for UK citizens flying into Toronto and on to USA

I am a UK citizen flying into Toronto, arriving 4pm in summer and flying onto SAN Fran leaving at 7pm. Is this enough time to clear Canada immigration and catch the forward flight? Would I also need ...
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Pre-clearance and federal shut down [duplicate]

Does anyone know how pre-clearance facilities at airports like Abu Dhabi are affected during US government shut downs? Still worth booking to go through those facilities in the next few days?
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Does US preclearance in Toronto have a dedicated lane for diplomats?

In large US airports, the passport inspection hall includes a dedicated desk for diplomats, A visas, and G visas, sometimes including active duty military. I did not see any such facility in Montreal ...
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Travelling from DEL - YVR - LAX on Air Canada. I have a 1 hour 40 min layover. Enough Time? Pre-clearance?

The flight lands at YVR 07:00 and takes off at 08:40. Do I need to take my check-in baggage out, go through pre-clearance and, check it back in? If so, would there be enough time? Would welcome any ...
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Travelling from Austria to USA via Toronto: is my connection time enough?

I will travel from Vienna, Austria to the US via YYZ Toronto Pearson International. I am an Austrian citizen with a J-1 visa. I only have a 1-hour-45-minute layover in Toronto. Is this too short? ...
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USCBP Protocol In Preclearance Airports

If someone with an outstanding warrant in the USA attempted to fly to a US destination from a Canadian airport with pre-clearance capabilities (i.e. passengers are screened for admissibility to the ...
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47 minute layover at Newark, is this doable?

Searching for flights from Aruba to Ottawa, Canada using Expedia.com I run into this gem: Is this doable? Also, I read somewhere you could do US Immigration in Aruba, is this correct? (This ...
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Baggage claim during connecting flights

I'll be travelling next week with the following itinerary: Flight #1: Lahore (LHE) to Abu Dhabi (AUH). Flight #2: Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Chicago (ORD). Flight #3: Chicago (ORD) to Manhattan (MHK). All ...
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Etihad: Pre-clearance with checked baggage [duplicate]

I will be flying to the US for the first time next month and need some help. My flight route is Jakarta - Abu Dhabi - Dublin - Boston. I figured that Dublin offers pre-clearance service Will I have ...
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Pre-clearance in Abu Dhabi or Dublin

So I'm flying from Indonesia to Boston USA (flight route: Jakarta - Abu Dhabi - Dublin - Boston) Since both airports in Abu Dhabi and Dublin provide the pre-clearance service, how do I know in which ...
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Pre-clearance process in AUH or DUB

I'm flying from Indonesia to Boston, USA (flight route: CGK-AUH-DUB-BOS). Since both airports in AUH and DUB provide the pre-clearance service, how do I know in which airport I should go through the ...
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Is 1h55m layover time enough for US pre clearance at Abu Dhabi?

I was about to book a Etihad flight from Hyderabad (HYD) to San Jose CA (SJC). The flight has a layover at Abu Dhabi for 1hr 55m. Arrival is at terminal 1 and connecting flight will be at terminal 3. ...
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Question on transit in the US

I am in the US now on a B1. I plan to travel to Canada for few days and have a flight back to India via NY. Will there be any problem for me during my transit in the US?
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After passing through US customs at YVR can you get back out?

My wife and I went through US customs at YVR and soon realized that we couldn't get to the aquarium. Is there a way to leave once passing through customs? I have a 6 hour wait until my next flight.
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Is your luggage automatically transferred to the next flight if you enter the US on a precleared flight?

I know that generally speaking everyone traveling to the US from abroad have to pick up their luggage, go through customs with it, and then check it in again for their next flight. But is this also ...
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How does US preclearance work in Dublin?

I am traveling to LAX, and I thought about flying from Dublin, because it has a preclearance station. This station will give me an immigration and customs clearance, so when I arrive at LAX, I will ...
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1.5hr connecting flight in Toronto

I'm traveling from PDX to TLV roundtrip from June to August this summer and ended up on some 3rd party airfare sites. I found the above fare on Cheapoair and have a few questions. Is the 1.5hr ...
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Canada to USA customs preclearance and fruits/vegetables

As an European citizen living in Canada, I am going to fly from Montreal (YUL) to the USA (SFO). I was planning to bring a sandwich (with tomato, lettuce...) and some fruit to eat on the plane. When ...
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Is US pre-clearance avaiable for Ethiopian Airlines at Dublin Airport?

I will be travelling to Los Angeles in a few weeks using Ethiopian airlines and would like to know whether I can avail of the pre-clearance service. The answers I've gotten so far are confusing as ...
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Transiting through Montreal on flight from France to Chicago

Two friends are coming to visit this weekend. They chose to fly CDG - YUL - ORD. I have never transited through Canada. I have flown back and forth to Canada many times and I know that US immigration ...
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Toronto to Portland via Calgary - where to go through border security?

I just booked an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Portland via Calgary. My layover in Calgary is 2 hours. I wonder if I'll be going through Customs and Border security in Toronto or in Calgary? It ...
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US Preclearance time at Abu Dhabi - (AUH - MAN - ORD)

This is my first time going to US. I going to book a ticket in Etihad airlines traveling from Chennai to Chicago with layovers at Abu Dhabi (2 hours 20 minutes transit time) and Manchester. My ...
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Re: TSA Precheck. Does this apply to international flights?

I am American. I will be traveling from Shanghai back to the US. Can I get TSA Precheck while abroad? My 1-year-old son is also American. Same situation and question. My wife is Chinese. Same ...
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Regarding how many hour we can access pre clearance at Dublin?

I am travelling via Dublin ( Birmingham U.K. To Dublin and finally to Newark (USA). I have a booking for the lounge 51 as my flight has 4 hours stopover. How early can I go through preclearance? ...
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Pre clearance US immigration status

My family and I are travelling on Qatar to LAX from Africa, we have a 8hr layover in Doha - is there a possibility of obtaining pre-clearance US immigration status while in Doha to allow easier ...
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Can I use preclearance for a flight Dublin to USA that connects in Heathrow?

I am booking a holiday to Los Angeles from Dublin. The flights I am looking at will not be direct and have a 1 1/2 hour layover in Heathrow. I am aware that in Dublin if you are flying to America ...
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Re check bags at Dublin stop over? Travelling Heathrow to San Francisco on Aer Lingus

I'm flying From Heathrow to San Francisco with a stopover in Dublin. The flights were booked as one ticket, both Aer Lingus. However, as Dublin has US Preclearance, will I need to claim my luggage at ...
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Ditch the second leg of a return flight and avoid checked baggage issues

I have a trip coming up with Air Canada for which the itinerary looks like this: YYZ - DXB DXB - YYZ followed by a 14 hour stopover YYZ - EWR My objective is to end my journey at step 2 while being ...
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Untagged bag put on to luggage belt in Toronto Pearson after US customs cleared

The other day, I was on a flight from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) with one checked bag. I checked in online earlier and had my boarding pass with me. It completely slipped my mind ...
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Etihad: Pre-clearance to US at Abu Dhabi

I know there are a couple of questions addressing the pre-clearance at Abu Dhabi (and they cleared most of my doubts) but I need a few other details which were't addressed. What is the exact ...
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Minimum connection times at YUL, allowing for US pre-clearance

My wife and I are currently looking to travel from Canada to the United States in December. Looking at the itineraries currently on offer, one of the options is a Canadian domestic flight to Montreal,...
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Transit through Abu Dhabi on Etihad

While transiting through Abu Dhabi (AUH), from India (BLR) heading to the US (JFK) -all on Etihad, there's a "pre-clearance" that passengers need to go through. Few questions regarding that: If in ...
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Abu Dhabi: Transit time and US pre-clearance question

My parents will be traveling to the US (JFK) from India (BLR) and I am planning to buy their tickets on Etihad. I have a few questions regarding the transit and the US pre-clearance: The flights I am ...
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Can we undergo US Immigration checks at Heathrow?

I'll be traveling from Mumbai, India to Gainesville, Florida. For that I have to board a flight at Mumbai which will drop me at Heathrow. I have layover time of about 8 hours at Heathrow, from where I'...
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Transfer from domestic flight to US-bound flight in Nassau Airport

Is 1.5 hours enough time to go from a domestic Bahamasair flight to a jetBlue US-bound flight in Nassau Airport? How long should we leave to get through US Customs in Nassau?
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Will I have to recheck my bags?

I am flying from Halifax, Canada to New York, USA to Tampa, USA. I will be able to go through customs in Halifax. Will I have to recheck my bags at the New York airport?
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Can I buy (liquid) duty free at Dublin airport, before going through pre-clearance?

Following on from my earlier question on timings for US pre-clearance at Dublin airport, I've been watching the US pre-clearance at Dublin video from the Dublin airport website. That mentions that ...
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How much extra time to allow in Dublin Airport for US pre-clearance?

On an upcoming trip, I'll be flying from Dublin to the USA, on a flight which has US pre-clearance in Dublin. I'm reasonably happy (based on experiences) about how far in advance I need to get to ...
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Flying from NYC via Philadelphia to Halifax, I clear Immigration and Customs in Canada?

Because I am trying to process an immigration work permit for Canada, (I am an American citizen), I need to fly directly into Halifax from the States. I am trying to make sure that I don't clear ...
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Airport employees in preclearance areas?

How does this work, people working in the stores in the USA terminal of, say, Vancouver airport, before starting their shift go through USA immigration and customs every single day?
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Will I save much time by using the US preclearance facilities in Canada/Ireland rather than flying direct?

I'm planning a trip from Prague to NYC this summer. There is a direct flight to JFK and numerous transfer options. I've heard that JFK's customs can be a nightmare for non-US citizens and therefore ...
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Port of Entry travelling from Toronto (Pearson) to US?

I'm travelling from Pearson airport (YYZ) in Toronto to the US with a TN Visa application, which I'll need to bring to the "US port of entry." Will that be at my destination in the US, or does it ...
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US Customs Pre-clearance in foreign airports

Recently, I was traveling back to the US through Vancouver, BC, Canada. I was delighted with the fact that I was able to get pre-screened through US Customs before even getting on the plane. What ...