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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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Cleaning them thoroughly should be good enough. Here is what happened when we tried to get in with dirty boots in March 2016. At Charlotte International Airport, we were spotted and stopped by agricultural inspectors while waiting to collect our luggage. They took us into a separate room and provided us with shoe cleaning stuff. We were made to clean our ...


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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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U.S. CBP does care about soil on your shoes, but as long as you've made a reasonable effort to clean them, then it won't be a problem, especially if the soil was not from a farm or some such thing. As gerrit mentioned, two of the questions on the customs declaration form that you fill out when entering the United States are: I am bringing (...) (d) soil ...


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Just declare the shoes as soiled and let customs officials handle the rest. I live in Australia, we're an island so these things are strictly controlled. If you've cleaned them well they generally let you through, otherwise they will clean them for you. I actually don't mind the cleaning service, it takes them about 2-3mins compared to my 10min effort.


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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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Yes. It's a problem. Yes, you need to declare it. No, it's not a 'big deal' but you're going to have to stop at the USDA booth and they'll take your shoes and disinfect them with some nasty spray. Having them clean as possible will make it easy. But if they're caked in dirt they're going to make you wait while they do it. Source: Been there, done that. Came ...


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To your first question, preclearance only applies when you have a nonstop flight from a preclearance airport to a US airport. So although Abu Dhabi does have preclearance facilities, you won't be able to clear US customs and immigration there, since your next destination is Rome, not the US. You will clear US customs and immigration when you land in Dallas....


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In my experience, and I've only done this two times, it is not necessary to claim your bags and recheck them when connecting to a precleared flight to the US from Canada. Apparently, if US customs officers want to search your checked bags they will put them and you together in a room for that purpose, but otherwise you will not see your checked bags until ...


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Deciding if the officer can ask the host government is probably a question of administrative procedure in the embassy. Deciding if the host government can answer and reveal usually secret or confidential information about their citizens is up to the host government and their laws and constitution. Most nations reserve the right to cooperate with foreign ...


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Going south and entering the US, you will have to pass US Immigration. You'll do so at the US CBP Preclearance Facility at the Winnipeg airport, before you board your first flight. That makes the Winnipeg > Chicago flight effectively a "domestic" US flight. When you arrive at ORD, you'll just deplane and find your departure gate. You may have to pass ...


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Something to understand here: Yes, our agricultural inspection people tend to care about mud on shoes--they care about anything that can carry pests or disease that we don't have here (Which is why the lists can seem pretty nonsensical at times--they don't care about the items, they care about hitchhikers.) However, they aren't interested in playing gotcha ...


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If your duty-free item is in a sealed red-bordered bag, then it will pass through security at Dublin pre-clearance with no problems. Where you might have a problem is if you have a connecting flight after you land in the US. If you have to go through security again, which may be the case at some airports, TSA will not accept this, (my understanding is that ...


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The reason you were told so because they are not up to date. The situation has very recently improved (last month, if I am not mistaken) and your bags now through check. Even if they don't you won't hug them for five hours, the traditional flow is deplane - collect bags -- go through US customs -- drop them off at the belts just after. But, again, I believe ...


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Here's the relevant airport page: International flight to U.S. flight Canada Border Services Agency*** & U.S. Customs and Border Protection *** Some International to U.S. connecting flights at Terminal 1 do not require passengers to clear CBSA before clearing U.S. CBP inspection. So, you will do cross the US border in Toronto but whether ...


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