As the summer travel season moves into high gear, knowing U.S. Customs regulations will make travel across the US border go more smoothly.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents should declare everything they have obtained abroad. If you’re planning to bring fruit, meat and/or fireworks back to the US, check first with Customs officials as most of theses items are not allowed.
U.S. Customs has announced they will be enforcing a thorough inspection process – even during busy holiday periods – for anyone entering the country. U.S. Customs regulations authorize customs officials to conduct enforcement examinations, ranging from checking luggage to personal searches, without a warrant.
For additional information, visit www.cbp.gov.
Visitors to the United States who are nationals or citizens of visa waiver program countries (VWP) are now required to have an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the U.S. Applications for an ESTA can be submitted at any time prior to travel, and typically are valid for up to two years. Travelers can make multiple entries into the US on the same ESTA authorization.