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CBP Preclearance

Preclearance: Smart Travel

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Preclearance is the strategic stationing of CBP personnel at designated foreign airports to inspect travelers prior to boarding U.S.-bound flights. With Preclearance, travelers then bypass CBP and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inspections upon U.S. arrival and proceed directly to their connecting flight or destination

Today, CBP has more than 600 officers and agriculture specialists stationed at 16 Preclearance locations in 6 countries: Dublin and Shannon in Ireland; Aruba; Freeport and Nassau in The Bahamas; Bermuda; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg in Canada.

In 2019, CBP personnel stationed abroad precleared more than 22 million travelers, representing over 16 percent of all commercial air travelers to the United States.

Preclearance Benefits

In operation since 1952, Preclearance has proven benefits for all major stakeholders in the air travel industry.

  • Traveler Benefits
  1. No Security or Waiting Upon U.S. Arrival - Skip CBP and TSA inspection lines upon arrival in the U.S and proceed directly to a connecting flight or final destination.
  2. Easier Domestic Connections - Accept tighter connection windows at U.S. airports and be less likely to miss a domestic connection.
  • Airport Benefits
  1. New U.S. Destinations - Enable new direct routes to 160+ U.S. airports regardless of whether they have a CBP port of entry. Gain an advantage over competitors for the U.S.-bound traveler market.
  2. Terminal of the Future - Bring innovative technologies like facial recognition biometrics that expedite passenger processing, and help meet the demand of rising passenger volume to the U.S.
  • Airline Benefits
  1. Cost Savings - Access less expensive U.S. domestic gates and more flexible arrival times at airports in the U.S.
  2. Increase U.S. Market Access - Establish new routes to desirable U.S. destinations that meet growing traveler demand.
  • Government Benefits
  1. Enhance Security – Bolster the safety and security of all travelers while facilitating efficient travel and travel.
  2. Greater Collaboration - Increase collaboration and coordination between the U.S. and host governments through daily interaction with local law enforcement partners and other government authorities.

Preclearance Expansion - More Information to Come

Building upon the success of existing Preclearance operations, CBP intends to expand the program to new locations in 2020. CBP will be making an announcement in the near future about the opportunity for airports and governments to apply for Preclearance. 

Preclearance Sites and Contact Information

Preclearance Field Operations
1717 H Street, NW, 6th Floor
CB-15 Mail Stop 1300
Washington, DC 20229

Questions/Customer Service

For general CBP inquiries, please call the CBP INFO Center Monday-Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
General Inquiries: 1-877-CBP(227)-5511
International Callers: (202) 325-8000



Port Name


Phone Number

Calgary Preclearance
Calgary International Airport

P.O. Box 155
2000 Airport Road, Northeast
Calgary, AB, T2E 6W5 

(403) 221-1641

Edmonton Preclearance
Edmonton International Airport

2312, 1000 Airport Road
Edmonton, AB, T9E 0V3

(780) 890-4515

Halifax Preclearance
Robert L. Stanfield International

Airport Level 2&
1 Bell Boulevard
Enfield, NS, B2T 1K2

(902) 873-7780

Montreal Preclearance
Montreal Trudeau International Airport

975 Romeo Vachon Boulevard
North Dorval, QC, H4Y 1H1

(514) 636-3875

Ottawa Preclearance
Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport

1000 Airport Road, Private
Ottawa, ON, K1V 9B4

(613) 523-8120

Toronto Preclearance
Lester B. Pearson International Airport

P.O. Box 115
Toronto AMF
Toronto, ON, Canada L5P 1A2

(905) 676-2606 ext 140

Vancouver Preclearance
Vancouver International Airport
International Terminal - Level 3

3161 Grant McConachie Way
Richmond, BC V7B 0A4

(604) 278-7422

Victoria Preclearance

2701 Alaskan Way Pier 69
Clipper Direct Group 1
Seattle, Washington 98121

(250) 384-1821

Winnipeg Preclearance
Winnipeg International Airport

2311-1970 Wellington Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0E3

(204) 783-2206



Port Name


Phone Number

Bahamas - Freeport Preclearance
Grand Bahama International Airport

P.O. Box 22400
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33335

(242) 352-7256

Bahamas - Nassau Preclearance
Lynden Pindling International Airport

1 Windsor Field Road
Nassau, Bahamas

(242) 377-7125

Bermuda Preclearance
L.F. Wade International Airport

3 Cahow Way
St. George, Bermuda GE CX

(441) 293-0353

Aruba Preclearance
Queen Beatrix International Airport

P.O. Box 520068
Miami, Florida 33152

011 297-588-7240



Port Name


Phone Number

Dublin Preclearance
Dublin Airport

Terminal 2, Pier E

011 353-1248-0300

Shannon Preclearance
Shannon Airport

County Clare

011 353-6147-2297


United Arab Emirates

Port Name


Phone Number

Abu Dhabi Preclearance
Abu Dhabi International Airport

P.O. Box 13160
Abu Dhabi

011 971-2-575-9005

Last modified: 
July 6, 2020