Arriving in the USA
Official Travel Information
On a typical day, nearly 1 million individuals enter the USA at its ports of entry. Everyone is subject to inspection by U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers for compliance with U.S. immigration, customs and agriculture regulations.
If you know what to expect, the process will be much easier and make your entry into the U.S. far smoother.
Air Border Crossings
Your airline will give you documents to complete while en route to the USA. All foreign travelers to the USA are required to complete Customs Declaration Form 6059B and Form I-94 (white), Arrival/Departure Record. [TS1]
Once you land, you must go through the CBP station for immigration and customs processing. CBP must approve your entry upon your port of entry in the USA. After passport control, gather any baggage you have and enter the U.S. Customs area.
Customs & Customs Regulations
At the customs area you will be asked to hand in your form and for a declaration. Please keep in mind that U.S. Customs and Border Protection may search your belongings even if you don’t declare anything. Here are a few things to note:
- Duty-Free Items: You are permitted to bring in duty-free up to 200 cigarettes and 100 cigars per individuals 18 and older, up to one liter of alcoholic beverages per individuals 21 and older, and gifts and purchases valued at a maximum of $100 total.
- Cash: You must declare cash of $10,000 or more, whether it is U.S. or other currency.
- Do Not Bring These Items: counterfeit goods, Cuban cigars, most agricultural (plant and meat) products, firearms, cultural artifacts and property, automobiles, and drugs and drug-related equipment. The presence of any illegal drugs will result in prosecution. Check here for full list of prohibited and restricted items.
Click here for full list of customs rules.
If you want to travel with your pet, make sure you know the regulations regarding each animal. Animal health certificates or inspections may be required prior to entry.