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You went through US CBP Preclearance in Toronto before boarding your flight. This is US immigration and customs, with US immigration officers stationed on Canadian soil, and unless something unusual occurs, that means your flight arrives in the US in the same way as a US-to-US domestic flight, with no need for any further procedures to enter the country. ...


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From the TSA's website: Duty Free Liquids: You may carry duty free liquids in secure, tamper–evident bags, more than 3.4oz or 100 ml in your carry-on bag if: The duty free liquids were purchased internationally and you are traveling to the United States with a connecting flight Just make sure you get a STEB (secure tamper evident bag) which is ...


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You will almost certainly NOT have to re-clear security - although you can't definitively rule it out. The vast, vast majority of pre-cleared flights will arrive into their US destination as if they were a "domestic" flight. ie, you will be let out into the departure area of the airport. Depending on the airport layout you may need to re-clear security in ...


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When flying from Canada to the US from most major Canadian airports, you go through US immigration and customs at the Canadian airport from which you depart. This is called US preclearance and it is the procedure you have described in your question. When you physically arrive in the US on your flight, you will not see immigration again, because you have ...


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When you are asked (on a piece of paper or on a screen) if you have any food, fruit/veg, plants or their parts, say yes. Same for meat. When you reach the person, you will be asked in a very bored voice "What food do you have?" (I know because I ticked yes to that after having visited a farm the previous day, and that's what I was asked, leading to a lot of ...


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In my experience of flying from Vancouver, B.C. to the US I handed my luggage over basically to the TSA in Vancouver and picked it back up again when I reached my final destination in the US (which included a change of planes in Chicago)


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Airplanes are pre-cleared, not humans What happens with pre-clearance is the airplane docks in an area that is under control of US CBP or trusted partners. The airplane is inspected (cleared), then each passenger and their possessions enters this area and effectively is landed in the USA, with immigration done on them, and customs done on their stuff. All ...


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Taking things in reverse order: Is it now mandatory to pre-clear at Dublin? Yes, it is. All US-bound passengers must go through pre-clearance at Dublin. The plane then lands as a "US-Domestic" flight in the states, with you just stepping out into the terminal. will I need to claim by luggage at Dublin and recheck it? No, you won't, as long as it is ...


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Yes, you can do this. When you check in at DXB inform the check in agent that you have a long layover at YYZ and need to get your checked baggage there, and ask them to short check it. If you don't do this, your baggage will be checked through to EWR, because it's no longer necessary for people transiting YYZ via US preclearance in T1 to go through Canada ...


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No. The UK does not participate in US Pre-Clearance. As such, it is not possible to clear US immigration and customs in any UK airports If you wish to avail yourself of UK pre-clearance, your nearest option is the Republic of Ireland. Both Dublin and Shannon airports feature US pre-clearance. We've a few questions on that here already if you need more ...


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According to the US Customs and Border Protection there is currently no US Immigration preclearance location in the UK. That doesn't mean that there won't be any in the future as: Beginning in 2015, the United States intends to enter into negotiations in order to expand air preclearance operations to new locations. Now as far as clearing immigration and ...


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"like a citizen" should read "as if I were arriving from another US airport" because citizenship has nothing to do with whether a passenger must clear immigration and customs. Only the point of origin is relevant. You cannot use preclearance if you're flying through Amsterdam because this statement is incomplete: To go to preclearance, I have to have an ...


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Aer Lingus suggests to head for pre-clearance no later than 90 minutes before the flight. This could be a good initial indicator to be adjusted depending on experience. Quoting from their website: After check-in, passengers on these flights should follow airport signage for the US pre-clearance facility. The entrance to the US pre-clearance facility is ...


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If your itinerary is DUB-LHR-LAX, then that Dublin and Shannon have US Pre-Clearance facilities is pretty much irrelevant. Your DUB-LHR flight, while not technically domestic, is essentially similar since you shouldn't have to enter the UK during transit. You will clear US Immigration and Customs at LAX. You should expect to get any required forms* from ...


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All food must be declared. It is that simple, meaning, it's not at all complicated. CBP or the Dept. of Agriculture are the ones who make the decision, not you. :( If the officer allows your sandwich, you're good to go. It doesn't matter that it's a sandwich or whole tomatoes, a loaf of bread and a pack of cheese. You must declare it. CBP Info - Food - ...


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No, if arriving on a pre-cleared flight and having a connection in the same booking, you don't need to pick up luggage, as you'll already have cleared customs, which is the reason for you otherwise needing to pick up the luggage.


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In principle you can be “interviewed” for any length of time at the point of entry. Granted, the immigration officers don’t necessarily want to waste their time and resources, but I’ve been questioned by immigration officers at times when I had to rush to connections because of late arrival, and it certainly felt like the questioning was quite time-...


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There are no US Preclearence facilities in Doha. You will have to go through US Immigration and Customs when you arrive in Los Angeles. There was some discussion about starting such a service in Doha, but those plans seem to have been scrapped as of last year amid concerns over flight delays and political battles between US carriers and the ME3 airlines.


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TSA Precheck only applies to security checkpoints operated by the US Transportation Security Administration (and, at some US airports, checkpoints operated by contractors on behalf of TSA). At non-US airports, another country's airport security authorities are responsible, and they do not recognize TSA Precheck. If you simply wish to enroll in TSA Precheck ...


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When you preclear US customs at Halifax Stanfield you will not need to go through customs again when reaching the United States. You arrive at a domestic terminal in the US rather than an international terminal and can proceed directly to your next flight. All you need to do is to make sure the airline checks your bags through to TPA, which they will do if ...


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I remember last time I went through US preclearance in Toronto, that there was a sign that said something like, if you pass through preclearance, you must proceed on a flight to the US the same day; and if you leave, you must report to the Canadian Border Services Agency. (I can't find a picture or copy of the text, unfortunately.) So I think basically, you ...


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Preclearance happens for an entire departing flight at a time. The flight from Abu Dhabi to Dublin will have many passengers on it who are not going to the US, so it would make no sense to preclear that. (Or in other words, preclearance can only happen for flights whose next stop is in the USA). Whether you will be precleared in Dublin depends on whether ...


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In my experience, when arriving in the US after a pre-clearance flight, you arrive in the post-security area of the terminal, and can catch a connecting flight without going through security at that airport, assuming that the gate you arrive at and the gate you will depart from are connected post-security.


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As far as I can tell, from experience at DUB and their website, this service is only available for flights going from DUB to US airports. You will have to clear US customs at YUL unfortunately. Link to FAQs for US Preclearance at DUB If you are travelling from Dublin to the US on your connecting flight you can use the Preclearance facility in Dublin and ...


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No, American airports don't offer preclearance the way Canadian ones do. (The reason is the relative number of airports in each country: the preclearance in a small handful of Canadian cities enables flights into hundreds of American cities. To do it the other way around would be crazy.) You will clear customs and immigration when you land in Halifax.


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U.S. Preclearance is in Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi. There will be signs both landside and airside in arrival areas showing the way. Just follow the Flight Transfer signs. If you don't have your boarding pass, stop at the airline's transfer desk. If you need to transfer from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3, the airport has provided a video showing how this is done. ...


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If you buy items at the Dublin Airport duty-free, ask the staff to place your items in a sealed bag. They should do this automatically for any liquid purchases. You will be allowed to take this bag through security, but it must remain sealed until you arrive at your destination. All liquid, gel and paste purchases will be placed in a clear plastic Travel ...


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So you have a sandwich containing a few vegetable like lettuce, tomatoes etc. As a general advisory, you can consult this link for "Fruit and Vegetable Import Advisory". Will it be an issue? No, it won't be an issue but you should definitely declare that you have food. It is highly likely that the customs officer will let you go after asking a few standard ...


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You won't have a choice: you'll go through US preclearance in Dublin. When you arrive in Dublin, you'll follow the signs to your gate, which will take you through security screening and preclearance. Your flight from AUH to DUB is shared by many passengers not traveling to the US, so preclearance in AUH is not possible. Everyone on the plane must go ...


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