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International Arrivals and Departures

Whether you are entering the U.S. for business or for tourism reasons, it’s important to understand the regulations regarding international arrivals into the country. This page provides information on international arrivals to several of the major U.S. airports for international arrivals and departures. Each guide includes information on entry requirements, customs, and other types of security checks that may be imposed on passengers by CBP agents.

Whether it's for leisure, business, education, or medical purposes, the U.S. offers experiences and opportunities that attract people from all over the world. However, it's important to note that entering the United States from another country requires a valid Visa-Waiver (ESTA) or visa, and there are multiple visa types available depending on the purpose of the trip. From tourist visas to work visas, it's important for travelers to understand their options and apply for the appropriate travel authorization to ensure a smooth and legal entry into the United States.

Main U.S. airports for international arrivals and departures

  1. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) - Queens, New York
  2. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles, California
  3. Miami International Airport (MIA) - Miami, Florida
  4. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - South San Francisco, California
  5. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) - Newark, New Jersey
  6. O'Hare International Airport (ORD) - Chicago, Illinois
  7. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) - College Park, Georgia
  8. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) - Houston, Texas
  9. Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  10. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) - Irving, Texas
  11. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) - Dulles, Virginia
  12. General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (BOS) - Boston, Massachusetts
  13. Orlando International Airport (MCO) - Orlando, Florida
  14. Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) - Honolulu, Hawaii
  15. Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA) - SeaTac, Washington
  16. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) - Romulus, Michigan
  17. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  18. Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) - Paradise, Nevada
  19. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) - Charlotte, North Carolina
  20. Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) - Minneapolis, Minnesota
  21. Denver International Airport (DEN) - Denver, Colorado
  22. Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM) - Barrigada, Guam
  23. LaGuardia Airport (LGA) - Queens, New York
  24. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) - Phoenix, Arizona
  25. Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) - Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Documentation required for entering the U.S. as a foreign national

Before entering the United States as a foreign national, it's important to have all the necessary documentation as part of your application for a visa or an ESTA. Depending on the purpose of the visit, the required documentation may vary. A valid passport and a U.S. visa or ESTA are required for international travelers. Additionally, travelers may be asked to provide supporting documents such as a letter of invitation, proof of financial support, proof of guardianship, and a completed customs declaration form. Each traveler's situation is unique, and requirements may vary based on their country of origin, travel purpose, and length of stay. Ensuring all required documents are in order ahead of time can help make the process of entering the U.S. smoother.

Travel preparation and expectations, including airline check-in procedures to the U.S.

Travel preparation can make or break a trip, and understanding airline check-in procedures is a crucial aspect of the process. By arriving early and being aware of documentation requirements, travelers can ensure a smooth start to their journey. It’s essential to have realistic expectations, especially concerning delays and travel restrictions.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspections on arrival

As travelers prepare for their arrival back into the United States, it is important to understand the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspection process. CBP agents work tirelessly to ensure the safety of American citizens by screening arriving passengers for potential security threats and contraband. The inspection process may seem daunting, but it is necessary to maintain the integrity of our borders. Travelers can expedite their processing by providing accurate information and following instructions from CBP agents.

Exiting the U.S. customs area and post-arrival information

After a long flight, navigating through the U.S. customs area can be overwhelming. However, with a little preparation, the process can be quite straightforward. As you approach the customs area, make sure to have your passport and any necessary documentation ready. Once you have completed the required forms and handed in your paperwork to the customs officer, you will be directed to exit the customs area. This is where you will find post-arrival information regarding ground transportation, baggage claim, and connecting flights.