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​​​U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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 in 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 website.  


Last Updated: September 10, 2020  

CBP Reopens Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment Centers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on September 4, 2020, plans to reopen the Trusted Traveler Programs enrollment centers to the public on September 8. The reopening plans were developed in consultation with CBP health and safety experts and include measures to minimize the risk of exposing travelers and CBP personnel to COVID-19. Conditionally approved Global Entry applicants will now be able to complete in-person interviews at most Trusted Traveler Programs enrollment centers in the United States. These applicants must schedule enrollment center interviews in advance by logging into their account on the Trusted Traveler Programs website. Interview availability will vary by location.

CBP’s Enrollment on Arrival program remains operational. Conditionally approved Global Entry applicants will be able to complete the enrollment process when arriving on an international flight at any of the 60 airports that offer this program.

CBP’s highest priority is to ensure the health, safety, and security of our workforce and the American people. CBP agents, officers, and mission support personnel will continue to support the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

More information about Trusted Traveler Programs is available here.


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 Program

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offers an expedited screening program called TSA PreCheck.  The initiative enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 200 U.S. airports, according to the TSA.  When enrolled in TSA PreCheck, travelers can avoid removing shoes, belts, liquids, food items, laptops, and light jackets. TSA PreCheck is available for eligible passengers when departing from a U.S. airport, including when connecting on domestic flights after returning to the United States. Travelers who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. lawful permanent residents can apply for TSA PreCheck for a cost of typically $85 for a five-year membership. Visit the TSA's website for more information.

Passenger Processing Procedures

  • Flight attendants will distribute an Immigration Arrival/Departure (I-94) record form onboard 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 to 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 terrorists, 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 visiting Fort Lauderdale from a foreign country, you must adhere to U.S. Customs and Border Protection procedures.

Flight attendants will distribute Customs Declaration forms onboard 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.