Border Crossing Rules Change

This latest set of security regulations comes from the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and elevates requirements for private aircraft entering or departing the United States to a level similar to those of commercial airliners. The rule requires private aircraft operators or their designees to electronically transmit advance notice and passenger/crew manifest information through CBP’s Electronic Advance Passenger Information System, or eAPIS, no later than 60 minutes before departing a U.S. airport for a foreign location or departing a foreign airport for a U.S. destination. Flights would be authorized to proceed only after vetting passenger and crew manifests through the terrorist watch list.  CBP did however, act on EAA comments to permit departure and arrival manifests to be submitted at the same time and with no limit on how far in advance they may be submitted, allowing some flexibility for operations to remote areas. Here is both EAA’s and AOPA’s take on the latest piece of bureaucracy pilots have to now live with.

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