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CBP at Chicago O'Hare Offers Tips to International Travelers During the Busy Holiday Season

Release Date: 
November 22, 2010


CBP officer reviews a passengers passport.

CBP officer at Chicago O'Hare reviews the passport of an arriving international passenger.

Chicago - The holiday travel season has begun and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reminds international travelers this is one of the busiest travel times of the year. To help make the international travelers experience flying into Chicago O'Hare International Airport as easy as possible, CBP would like to offer these holiday travel season tips.


Here are some travel tips offered by CBP for your visit or return to the United States.

  • Have all the required travel documents for the countries you are visiting, as well as identification for re-entry to the United States. A valid passport is required for returning U.S. citizens when flying internationally.
  • Make sure you find out the rules and regulations concerning food and agricultural items before you travel, as some are prohibited or must meet certain requirements, such as a license or permit.
  • When you arrive at a port of entry in the United States, a CBP officer will inspect you. Be prepared to tell the officer the purpose of your trip and those items that you purchased or obtained abroad.
  • If you are a visitor to the United States, the officer may require you to provide your biometrics - digital finger scans and photograph - to verify your identity against your travel documents. This simple and fast collection of biometrics is the same as you experienced if you had to get a visa for your trip to the U.S.
  • As a visitor to the U.S., when you depart, make sure that the airline ticket agent collects your I-94 form.
  • Global Entry expedites the customs and security process for trusted air travelers while helping CBP ensure the safety of all airline passengers. For more information, please visit the Global Entry site.
  • See our "Top 10 Travel Tips," as well as a wealth of Frequently Asked Questions concerning international travel at CBP's Web site. For more information, please visit the "Know Before You Go" site.
  • To address arriving international travelers comments or concerns about the CBP inspections process CBP Passenger Service Manager, Patrick Salgado, is the primary point of contact at 773-894-2900 x2872
  • Please view recent wait times for the airport you will arrive at. This will help you gauge how long your clearance process will take. For more information, please visit the "Wait Times - Airport and Border" site.

"CBP is dedicated to ensuring that all arriving international passengers are treated with the highest level of courtesy and professionalism," said David J. Murphy, CBP director of Field Operation in Chicago. "Our officers are always available to answer any questions you may have about the entry process. Supervisors and Passenger Service Managers are readily available to address any of your concerns."

On a typical day, CBP welcomes more than one million international travelers into the United States at land, air and sea ports. CBP officers use the latest technologies and procedures to assure that travelers from throughout the world are processed rapidly while assuring that individuals who have ties to terrorism or a criminal background are barred from entry.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017