FLY777UAL
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Clearing US Customs And Immigration

Tue Jul 29, 2003 10:18 am

What are the rules for a scheduled US carrier for clearing customs and immigration? Does it have to be at a large commercial airport, such as SFO, BDL, JFK, etc., where there is a dedicated sterile area for inbound passengers, or could commercial flights clear US customs and immigration at a smaller airport, such as, say, Yuma, Arizona.

When my friends flew in from Cabo last March, they were able to clear both at Yuma before they continued on to San Diego.

Any comments or insights?

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Danny
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RE: Clearing US Customs And Immigration

Tue Jul 29, 2003 10:57 am

1. Upon arrival to first airport in USA you must pick up your luggage.
2. Then you proceed thru immigration - separate lines for US citizens and therest. The officer will ask few questions and stamp your passport. Be sure that your answers make sense.
3. Proceed thru US Customs with prepared earlier declaration.
4. Recheck in your luggage for another - domestic flight.

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RE: Clearing US Customs And Immigration

Wed Jul 30, 2003 1:22 am

Thanks for that, I have all of that down, coming off of about 120 international flights into the US, but what I really was looking for is if a commercial airline would be able to clear passengers at a non-major airport, such as Yuma or Victorville.

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RE: Clearing US Customs And Immigration

Wed Jul 30, 2003 1:26 am

Yes you can clear customs at those airports, with prior arragements. We can clear customs at Military airfields, and even at certain airports outside the US.

THe Customs website has links to all the fields, offices etc.

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RE: Clearing US Customs And Immigration

Wed Jul 30, 2003 1:32 am

Thanks, Lt.

Would it be both customs and immigration, or just customs? (both for military airports and smaller ones in the US)

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RE: Clearing US Customs And Immigration

Wed Jul 30, 2003 1:34 am

2. Then you proceed thru immigration - separate lines for US citizens and therest. The officer will ask few questions and stamp your passport. Be sure that your answers make sense.

The INS officers always asked me questions e.g.:

- What Do you do in the US, holidays or business?
- How long do you want to stay?
- Where do you stay?

But not last month, the officer only asked: "How are you doing today", than he stamped my passport, my visa waiver, my customs declaration and wished me a pleasant stay in the US. The immigration procedure was done in two minutes as well as customs, that was my quickest entry in the USA ever.

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RE: Clearing US Customs And Immigration

Wed Jul 30, 2003 1:34 am

You can clear passengers at any airport that has a) Customs and b) Immigration personnel stationed there.
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RE: Clearing US Customs And Immigration

Wed Jul 30, 2003 2:01 am

Also at non Customs and Immigration staffed airport if you arange it earlier. I saw it during airshow in Geneseo. There was US customs car mainly for pilots from Canada.
 
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RE: Clearing US Customs And Immigration

Wed Jul 30, 2003 2:03 am

Also at non Customs and Immigration staffed airport if you arange it earlier.

His initial question dealt with scheduled carriers. A scheduled carrier performing flag operations is constrained to operating only to/from designated international airports with appropriate personnel permanently stationed there.
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RE: Clearing US Customs And Immigration

Wed Jul 30, 2003 2:13 am

Perfect. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks much, B747-437!

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RE: Clearing US Customs And Immigration

Wed Jul 30, 2003 4:34 am

At military airfields, most SPs (now called Security Forces can act as customs) are customs/INS qualified to inspect the plane and take our forms.

For example, on returning from OIF, I was a cargo courier on C-141, and we stopped at Pease ANGB, in NH, our port of entry, where the SPs took care of our forms, and inspected some bags, etc. usually not a big hassle. I've stopped at Bangor, Maine, a big one for us in AWACS, and many other bases on the east coast.

Stopping along the way, each country has its own rules, when we stop in England they just do a check of how many folsk are on board, Ireland will not let us out of the terminal, etc, etc.

Here at Tinker we have a customs guy, though he is a pain in the ass. Old civilian who opens everybag, and cubby etc, and can take hours on the airplane :-( he is notified as we are inbound, and his sole purpose is to work our Customs stuff.


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RE: Clearing US Customs And Immigration

Wed Jul 30, 2003 5:33 am

Like everyone else said, you can clear customs and immigrations at any airport that has the customs and immigration facilities...if you're flying into Yuma on a scheduled airline, chances are it'll be a connection from another city such as Phoenix. If Phoenix is your port of entry into the US, then you'll have the clear customs and immigration there. When I flew to the Phlippines two years ago, coming back to the US my port of entry was IAH and that's where I cleared customs and immigration.

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