WASHINGTON - Labor Day weekend is a major travel day, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection wants area residents and those visiting to travel abroad safely.
According to the CBP, "knowing what you can and can't bring back to the United States is important before you board that flight home." The organization has put together a "Know Before You Go" checklist.
- Have all travel documents for the country you are visiting and valid I.D. for
reentry to the U.S. Visit
- Citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries need an approved Electronic System
for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before boarding. For those traveling on a visa, a
completed I-94 form is needed.
- Have a completed Customs Declaration form (6059b) upon reaching CBP
processing. Declare everything brought from abroad, even if you bought it in a
duty-free shop. Some items may be eligible
for duty exemptions.
- Know the difference between prohibited and restricted merchandise. For more
information visit the
Restricted/Prohibited section of the CBP website.
- Don't attempt to bring fruits, meats, dairy/poultry products and/or firewood
back without first checking whether they are permitted. Visit the Bringing
Agricultural Products Into the United States section of the CBP website for
- Plan for more time during the busiest travel seasons and understand that CBP
must conduct a thorough inspection of the nearly 1 million travelers entering
the country each day.
- Understand that CBP officers can inspect people and belongings without a
- Check border wait
times for various ports of entry.
- Frequent international travelers who aren't members of a trusted traveler program should sign up now.
Find other information on the CBP website.
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