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A Guide to International Visitors


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a diverse organization responsible for a wide-ranging set of missions that protect the United States against terrorists, other criminals and illegal activity while facilitating legitimate trade and travel. The information in this brochure will help you prepare for your trip and ensure that your experience entering the United States is as smooth as possible.

Preparing For Your Trip

  • International Visitors Checklist
  • Visa Wavier Program Visitors
  • Canadian, Mexican, and Caribbean Residents
  • Students and Exchange Visitors
  • Lawful Permanent Residents
  • How do you get a Visa?

Navigating Passenger Processing

  • Passenger Processing Checklist.
  • Pre-Arrival
  • CBP Inspection Process
  • Arrival
  • Baggage Claim
  • Connecting Flights

Returning Home

  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Outbound CBP Inspections
  • US-VISIT Exit Procedures

Customer Service

Helpful Tips

  • Prohibited and Restricted Items
  • Helpful Web sites
  • US-VISIT: Current Ports of Entry
  • NEXUS Locations
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