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.
In operation since 1952, Preclearance has proven benefits for all major stakeholders in the air travel industry.
- Traveler Benefits
- 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.
- Easier Domestic Connections - Accept tighter connection windows at U.S. airports and be less likely to miss a domestic connection.
- Airport Benefits
- 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.
- 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
- Cost Savings - Access less expensive U.S. domestic gates and more flexible arrival times at airports in the U.S.
- Increase U.S. Market Access - Establish new routes to desirable U.S. destinations that meet growing traveler demand.
- Government Benefits
- Enhance Security – Bolster the safety and security of all travelers while facilitating efficient travel and travel.
- 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
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
P.O. Box 155
2312, 1000 Airport Road
Airport Level 2&
975 Romeo Vachon Boulevard
1000 Airport Road, Private
P.O. Box 115
(905) 676-2606 ext 318
3161 Grant McConachie Way
2701 Alaskan Way Pier 69
2311-1970 Wellington Avenue
Bahamas - Freeport Preclearance
P.O. Box 22400
Bahamas - Nassau Preclearance
1 Windsor Field Road
3 Cahow Way
P.O. Box 520068
Terminal 2, Pier E
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Preclearance
P.O. Box 13160