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Preclearance Facility for U.S.-Bound Travelers in UAE Added to CBP Regulations

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has amended its regulations to reflect the addition of a preclearance location at the Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, which officially began operations on Jan. 24. Flights from this airport that are eligible for preclearance are non-stop commercial flights destined for the U.S.

CBP preclearance operations have been in existence since 1952 and consist of inspections and examinations conducted by CBP officers to ensure that passengers, crew and their goods bound for the U.S. comply with U.S. customs, immigration, agriculture and other laws enforced by CBP at the U.S. border. Generally, travelers who are inspected at a preclearance facility are permitted to arrive at a U.S. domestic facility and exit the U.S. domestic terminal upon arrival or connect directly to a U.S. domestic flight without further CBP processing. More than 16 million aircraft travelers were processed at preclearance locations in fiscal year 2013, more than 15.5 percent of all commercial aircraft travelers cleared by CBP.

The list of preclearance offices in foreign countries where CBP officers are located now reads as follows.

Oranjestad, Aruba

Freeport and Nassau, The Bahamas

Kindley Field, Bermuda

Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg, Canada

Dublin and Shannon, Ireland

Abu Dhabi, UAE

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