TSA and CBP Announce Expansion of Preclearance Program

TSA and CBP Announce Expansion of Preclearance Program

Flying into the U.S. from abroad could soon get smoother and easier for many people. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Tuesday they will invite new airports to participate in the Preclearance program for the first time since 2016.

“Preclearance is an excellent passenger facilitation program that complements our rigorous U.S. standards and strengthens global security through the development of key international partnerships.” said TSA’s Deputy Executive Assistant Administrator for Security Operations, Melanie Harvey. “This program is a win-win, allowing travelers to experience a streamlined approach that saves them time and frustration while reducing the burden on our domestic system.”

To be eligible for Preclearance, airports must host U.S. air carrier operations, have a suitable facility for Preclearance processing, and be prepared to share costs with the U.S. Government. Preclearance requires bilateral agreements between the United States and the host country, so it is essential for interested airports to coordinate closely with their governments throughout the application process.

Preclearance is a partnership through which governments authorize CBP to station personnel at airports to complete customs, immigration, and agriculture inspections of travelers before they board flights bound for the United States. Precleared travelers bypass CBP and TSA security inspections upon arrival in the United States, saving valuable time as they proceed to connecting flights or their destination.

The Preclearance program is also a big boost for airports that participate in it. They gain an advantage over competitors by making U.S.-bound travel more convenient and enabling direct routes to more than 160 U.S. airports with limited or no CBP facilities. Preclearance helped drive a 75% increase in Dublin Airport’s U.S.-bound travel volume from 2014 to 2018 for example.

Preclearance Airports

To date, CBP, TSA and their foreign partners have established 16 Preclearance airports in six countries. Preclearance cooperation enhances U.S. and foreign partner security while facilitating growing volumes of U.S.-bound air travel.

Calgary Preclearance
Calgary International Airport
P.O. Box 155
2000 Airport Road, Northeast
Calgary, AB, T2E 6W5
(403) 221-1641
Edmonton Preclearance
Edmonton International Airport
2312, 1000 Airport Road
Edmonton, AB, T9E 0V3
(780) 890-4515
Halifax Preclearance
Robert L. Stanfield International
Airport Level 2&
1 Bell Boulevard
Enfield, NS, B2T 1K2
(902) 873-7780
Montreal Preclearance
Montreal Trudeau International Airport
975 Romeo Vachon Boulevard
North Dorval, QC, H4Y 1H1
(514) 636-3875
Ottawa Preclearance
Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport
1000 Airport Road, Private
Ottawa, ON, K1V 9B4
(613) 523-8120
Toronto Preclearance
Lester B. Pearson International Airport
P.O. Box 115
Toronto AMF
Toronto, ON, Canada L5P 1A2
(905) 676-2606 ext 140
Vancouver Preclearance
Vancouver International Airport
International Terminal – Level 3
3161 Grant McConachie Way
Richmond, BC V7B 0A4
(604) 278-7422
Victoria Preclearance 2701 Alaskan Way Pier 69
Clipper Direct Group 1
Seattle, Washington 98121
(250) 384-1821
Winnipeg Preclearance
Winnipeg International Airport
2311-1970 Wellington Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3H 0E3
(204) 783-2206
Bahamas – Freeport Preclearance
Grand Bahama International Airport
P.O. Box 22400
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33335
(242) 352-7256
Bahamas – Nassau Preclearance
Lynden Pindling International Airport
1 Windsor Field Road
Nassau, Bahamas
(242) 377-7125
Bermuda Preclearance
L.F. Wade International Airport
3 Cahow Way
St. George, Bermuda GE CX
(441) 293-0353
Aruba Preclearance
Queen Beatrix International Airport
P.O. Box 520068
Miami, Florida 33152
011 297-588-7240
Abu Dhabi Preclearance
Abu Dhabi International Airport
P.O. Box 13160
Abu Dhabi
011 971-2-575-9005
Dublin Preclearance
Dublin Airport
Terminal 2, Pier E
011 353-1248-0300
Shannon Preclearance
Shannon Airport
County Clare
011 353-6147-2297

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