Customs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Faster Customs Processing with Mobile Passport App  

   
​Using the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app, you will experience shorter wait times, less congestion and faster processing  through Customs when arriving into the U.S. Eligible travelers submit their passport information and customs declaration form to CBP via a smartphone or tablet app prior to arrival.
 
Android and iPhone users can download the Mobile Passport app for free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store


For U.S. Citizens and Canadian Visitors
MPC offers U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors a more secure and efficient in-person inspection between the CBP officer and the traveler upon arrival in the U.S. The app does not require pre-approval, is free to use and does not collect any new information from travelers. Travelers opting to use the app will no longer have to complete a paper customs declaration form.
  
Five Easy Steps
1. Download the Mobile Passport Control App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store prior to arriving. 
2. Create a profile with your passport information.
3. Complete the "New Trip" section upon arrival in the United States.
4. Submit your CBP Declaration form and receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code.
5. Bring your passport and smartphone or tablet with your digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer.
 
More Information
Information about Mobile Passport, including how to download, user eligibility and other frequently asked questions, is available on the U. S. Customs and Border Protection web site.  
  

 

What is Global Entry?

Global Entry

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program. It allows faster clearance for pre-approved, low-risk, international travelers upon arrival in the United States. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports. Read more information about Global Entry. Read and or print a Global Entry (PDF) brochure.
 

Expedited Screening Pilot Program

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) launched an expedited screening pilot program called TSA Pre. CBP has partnered with TSA onthis initiative. Itis designed to help TSA focus resources on higher-risk and unknown passengers while expediting the process for lower-risk and known passengers whenever possible. U.S. citizens who are members of the CBP's Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate in TSA's program. A TSA Pre Pilot Program will be available later this year at FLL.

 

Passenger Processing Procedures

  • Flight attendants will distribute an Immigration Arrival/Departure (I-94) record form on board the aircraft.
  • All visitors with a U.S. Visa must fill out an Immigration Arrival/Departure record form prior to admission into the U.S.
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents in possession of a Green Card, Canadian citizens or citizens of Visa Waiver countries with an approved ESTA are not required complete an Immigration Arrival/Departure form.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is a diverse organization responsible for a wide ranging set of missions that protect the United States against terrorist, other criminals, and illegal activity while facilitating legitimate trade and travel. For additional information or answers for frequently asked questions,visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

 

Customs Procedures

If you're traveling abroad and returning to the United States or visitingFort Lauderdale from a foreign country, you must adhere to U.S. Customs and Border Protection procedures.

Flight attendants will distribute Customs Declaration forms on board the aircraft. Only one form is required per family for all members residing in the same residence.

  • Passengers must declare all fruits, vegetables, plants, and meats products they are bringing into the U.S.Failure to declare food items can result in civil penalties. It is best to check the USDA-APHIS website to determine the admissibility of items prior to arrival.
  • U.S. residents receive a duty-free exemption of $800 on items bought abroad ($1600 if returning from a U.S. insular possession such as the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa or Guam).
  • All passengers must declare currency or monetary instruments in excess of $10,000 U.S.