CBP offers international travelers tips
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection encourages international travelers to “” this holiday season. Planning and using the following travel tips can save time and lead to a more pleasant journey.
: Travelers should have their passports and any other required travel documents ready when approaching a CBP officer for processing, or visiting a foreign country. For more information about approved travel documents for entry into the United States, visit and .
: everything brought into the United States, including duty-free items. Applicable duties may be paid with credit cards or cash payments in U.S. currency. Travelers are asked to review the list of prior to departure.
: There is no limit to how much currency may be carried into or out of the United States. However, U.S. law requires travelers to report currency or other monetary instruments of . Travelers who fail to truthfully report all of their currency may have all, or some of it seized, and may face criminal charges.
: CBP is making the entry process more efficient, more intuitive, and paperless for travelers.
- CBP and its partners are automating the identity verification process at some ports of entry with . Instead of presenting a passport, travelers will simply pose for a picture at the boarding gate or passport inspection booth. The new process is intended to reduce boarding times, improve security, and fulfill a . U.S. citizens who choose to opt out of the biometric facial comparison process may ask CBP officers to inspect their travel documents manually, as already done today.
: Most Arizona land border crossings feature , which are 20 percent faster than normal lanes. To use Ready Lanes, travelers over 16 years of age are required to have radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled travel documents. These include RFID-enabled U.S. passport cards; legal permanent resident cards; B1/B2 border crossing cards; Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST cards; and enhanced driver’s licenses.
: Travelers must declare all medicine and similar products when entering the United States. Prescription medications should be in their original containers with the doctor's prescription printed on the container. If medications or devices are not in their original containers, a copy of the prescription, or a letter from the prescribing doctor is required. It is advised that travelers carry no more than a 90 day supply of their medication.
: Cats and dogs must be free of disease and illness when entering the United States. In addition, dog owners must produce proof of rabies vaccination. If crossing with a puppy, certain paperwork must be completed at the border. All pets are subject to health, quarantine, agriculture, wildlife requirements, and prohibitions, regardless of how the pet enters the country. Pets taken out of the United States and returned are subject to the same requirements as those entering for the first time. For more information about traveling with your pet to a foreign country or bringing your pet into the United States, visit the APHIS .
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, immigration and trade laws enforcement, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.