On November 18, 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection published the Advance Information on Private Aircraft Arriving and Departing the United States final rule.
This rule requires private pilots or their designees to transmit electronically to CBP:
- Traveler manifest information for each individual traveling onboard the aircraft
- Notice of arrival information
- Notice of departure information
This data must be received by CBP no later than 60 minutes prior to departure for flights arriving in or departing from the United States.
Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS)
A public Web site, eAPIS, has been created by CBP for small commercial carriers to meet the requirements of the APIS final rule for commercial carriers. CBP has developed a component within eAPIS to assist private flyers with the requirements of the final rule for private aircraft. The eAPIS Web site provides private pilots with all capabilities necessary to comply with the rule.
Private pilots or their designees may enroll in eAPIS immediately. Once the rule becomes effective December 18, persons seeking accounts should expect responses within five business days after submission of the enrollment request.
For complete information on how to use eAPIS, there is a tutorial available online. Answers to frequently asked questions are also available.