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Preclearance operates at 15 locations worldwide

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 15 Preclearance locations in 6 countries: Dublin and Shannon in Ireland; Aruba; Bermuda; Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates; Nassau in the Bahamas; and Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg in Canada.

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


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The Benefits of Preclearance

In operation since 1952, Preclearance has proven benefits for all major stakeholders in the air travel industry. Click below to learn about the specific benefits for each group.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  1. Enhance Security – Bolster the safety and security of all travelers while facilitating efficient trade 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 Sites and Contact Information

Preclearance Field Operations

22001 Loudoun County Parkway
Mail Stop 1330
Ashburn, VA 20598-1330

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

Preclearance Site Locations

Click below to find contact information for any of the 15 Preclearance sites worldwide.

Port Name Address Operating Hours Phone Number
Calgary Preclearance
Calgary International Airport
P.O. Box 155
2000 Airport Road, Northeast
Calgary, AB, T2E 6W5
4:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. (403) 221-1641
Edmonton Preclearance
Edmonton International Airport
2312, 1000 Airport Road
Edmonton, AB, T9E 0V3
4:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (780) 890-4515
Halifax Preclearance
Robert L. Stanfield International
Airport Level 2&
1 Bell Boulevard
Enfield, NS, B2T 1K2
5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (902) 873-7780
Montreal Preclearance
Montreal Trudeau International Airport
975 Romeo Vachon Boulevard
North Dorval, QC, H4Y 1H1
4:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (514) 636-3875
Ottawa Preclearance
Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport
1000 Airport Road, Private
Ottawa, ON, K1V 9B4
4:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (613) 523-8120
Toronto Preclearance
Lester B. Pearson International Airport
P.O. Box 115
Toronto AMF
Toronto, ON, Canada L5P 1A2
T1: 3:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

T3: 3:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
(905) 676-2606 ext 120
Vancouver Preclearance
Vancouver International Airport
International Terminal - Level 3
3161 Grant McConachie Way
Richmond, BC V7B 0A4
4:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (604) 278-7422
Victoria Preclearance 2701 Alaskan Way Pier 69
Clipper Direct Group 1
Seattle, Washington 98121
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (250) 384-1821
Winnipeg Preclearance
Winnipeg International Airport
2311-1970 Wellington Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0E3
5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (204) 783-2206

Port Name Address Operating Hours Phone Number
Bahamas - Nassau Preclearance
Lynden Pindling International Airport
1 Windsor Field Road
Nassau, Bahamas
5:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m. (242) 377-7125
Bermuda Preclearance
L.F. Wade International Airport
2 Kindley Field Road
St. George's, Bermuda DD 03
6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (441) 293-0353
Aruba Preclearance
Queen Beatrix International Airport
P.O. Box 520068
Miami, Florida 33152
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. + 297-588-7240

Please use your International Direct Dialing Number in place of the '+' for the country you are calling from. For example, if you are calling from the U.S., use 011; France, use 00; Australia, 0011.

Port Name Address Operating Hours Phone Number
Dublin Preclearance
Dublin Airport
Terminal 2, Pier E
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. + 353-1248-0300
Shannon Preclearance
Shannon Airport
County Clare
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. + 353-6147-2297

Please use your International Direct Dialing Number in place of the '+' for the country you are calling from. For example, if you are calling from the U.S., use 011; France, use 00; Australia, 0011.

Port Name Address Operating Hours Phone Number
Abu Dhabi Preclearance
Abu Dhabi International Airport
P.O. Box 13160
Abu Dhabi
6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 011 971-2-575-9005
Last Modified: Jun 12, 2024