CBP Offers Holiday Travel Tips for International Travelers
San Juan, Puerto Rico — The yearly holiday travel season has begun and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offer some travel tips for your visit or return to the United States. For information, please visit the Travel Web site.
- Travel Documents: 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.
- Declaring your goods: Truthfully declare everything you are bringing from abroad on your “CBP Declaration” form (6059b) including duty-free items, currency in excess of $10,000 and/or any agricultural products.
- Food and Plants: 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. Before bringing these items back, check the CBP website on Bringing Agricultural Products into the U.S. If you decide to bring agriculture products with you, be certain to declare them, and be willing to surrender them if it turns out to be prohibited.
- Currency: There are no restrictions on the amount of money that can be carried into or out of the U.S. The only requirement is that if the amount exceeds $10,000, the currency must be reported on a “Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments” form (FinCEN 105). The completed form must be turned in to a CBP officer prior to departing the U.S. if carrying the currency out, or upon return if carrying the currency in. Failure to report currency can result in prosecution or severe penalties including forfeiture.
- CBP Inspection Process: Understand that CBP officers have the authority to conduct enforcement examinations on travelers and their belongings when entering the U.S. Thorough examinations of luggage, personal belongings, and personal searches are meant to enforce U.S. laws as well as protect the nation. Upon arrival, be prepared to tell the officer the purpose of your trip and those items that you purchased or obtained abroad.
- Visitors: 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.
- Trusted Traveler Programs: Global Entry expedites the customs process for trusted air travelers while helping CBP ensure the safety of all airline passengers. For more information, please visit the Global Entry Web site.
- To address arriving international travelers’ comments or concerns about the CBP inspections process, a Supervisor is always available to assist.
“CBP is dedicated to ensuring that all arriving international passengers are treated with the upmost level of courtesy and professionalism,” said Marcelino Borges, CBP director of Field Operation in San Juan and the USVI. “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 seaports. 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.