WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding summer travelers of important tips to ease the entry process for both returning U.S. residents and international visitors. With recent advances in technology and innovation in the passenger processing environment, travelers can now expect to see less paper and increased facilitation at ports of entry nationwide.
"Summer is one of the busiest times at our nation's ports of entry," said Acting CBP Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski. "CBP has implemented a number of programs and initiatives like Global Entry to help process travelers as efficiently as possible while maintaining the security of our nation. If you are traveling internationally this summer, you can help by knowing travel regulations before you go."
Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS remain the fastest and easiest way to expedite travelers into the United States. Additionally, by automating forms like the I-94 for visa travelers and deploying new technologies like self-service kiosks such as Automated Passport Control, CBP is working to transform the passenger processing environment to expedite the entry of all travelers.
Additional steps travelers can take to smooth their arrivals process include being prepared and educated on U.S. rules and regulations. Travelers should familiarize themselves with these regulations before departing to avoid potential penalties and fines.
Top 10 Travel Tips
- Join the ranks of the Trusted Travelers through Global Entry, SENTRI, or NEXUS. Sign up now!
- Documents, Documents, Documents! Know what the required travel documentation for your trip. (Hint: you will need a passport for air travel!) Visit travel.state.gov for specific information.
- From a Visa Waiver Country? Don't leave home without your ESTA! More on getting your Electronic System for Travel Authorization before boarding your flight.
- For those traveling by air or sea on a visa, CBP has automated the Form I-94 - Travelers can find their I-94 number at the I-94 webpage.
- I do declare! Complete your Customs Declaration (your flight staff will hand out the form) before you deplane. What is eligible for duty exemptions? Find out more information on Customs Duty here.
- Restricted or Prohibited? Know what merchandise you can bring to the U.S.:
- Don't pack a pest! Many agriculture products can bring damaging pests and diseases into the country, check to see what may be harmful: at Bringing Agricultural Products Into the United States
- Account for lines. Summer is a busy travel season, be prepared and work with our CBP officers as they do their job! What is CBP's job?
- Monitor border wait times. Know what ports of entry have lighter traffic or use an alternate to spend less time getting to and from your vacation!