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Traveling To The U.S.? – Useful Information For International Visitors


Travel Information For International Visitors To The U.S.

Get the Information you need to smoothly navigate the process and procedures if you are a visitor to the United States, coming to work, study, conduct business or to immigrate.

Foreign Students and Exchange Visitors: The United States supports international education and welcomes foreign students and exchange visitors. Students and exchange visitors must be accepted by their schools or program sponsors before applying for visas. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Videos: Information For International Visitors To The United States of America

Preparing To Travel To The U.S.

After Arrival In The U.S.


Transportation Security Administration Travel Checklist

Before Packing:
Liquids, gels and aerosols packed in carry-on must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule:
• 3.4 ounces or less per container
• 1 quart size, clear, plastic, zip top bag (all liquids must fit in bag)
• 1 bag per passenger
Review the prohibited items list for both carry-on and checked baggage.
If purchasing a baggage lock, be sure to look for those that are TSA recognized.
Tape a card with your name and contact information on your electronics.

When Packing:
Pack items in layers (shoes one layer. clothes one layer, electronics one layer. etc.)
Firearms are only allowed in checked baggage and must be unloaded, placed in a locked, hard-sided
container and declared to your airline.
All fireworks contain explosive materials and are not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage.
Pack large electronics an top layer of carry-on for screening accessibility.
Place your 3-1-1 bag with liquids, gels and aerosols in the front pocket of your carry-on for accessibility.
If traveling with a pet, be sure to bring a leash so carriers can be properly screened.

Before Leaving for the Airport:
Give yourself enough time to arrive at the airport early.
Wear easily removable shoes.
Passengers with a disability or medical condition may call ahead to the TSA Cares toll free helpline at
(855) 787-2227.

Before Entering the Checkpoint:
Eligible passengers look for the TSA Pre® lane for expedited screening at participating airports.
Have your ID and boarding pass out for inspection.

At Checkpoint:
Remove the 3-1-1 liquids bag and place it in the bin.
Ensure pockets are empty (keys, tissues, currency, wallets, cell phones, etc.) and remove bulky jewelry
(valuable items can be placed in carry-on).
Remove your shoes and place them directly on the X-ray belt.
Remove computers and large electronics from carry-on and place in the bin alone (video game consoles,
remote control toys, etc.)
Remember to check the bins and collect all belongings after going through screening

Video: TSA Travel Tips


[Source: CBP  and TSA -/- Media Relations]
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