Passage to US Customs

You have planned a trip to the United States and you have treated every detail? Before leaving to explore the country, you will have to pass the stage of the American customs. Many European travelers dread this moment, generally considered long and complicated. Do not panic ! On site, everything is done to make life easier for travelers and allow them to start their stay as quickly as possible. If you have correctly completed your ESTA form , and got your sesame, everything should be fine.

The forms and documents to have with you customs

Before you leave, you have applied for an ESTA authorization. Without valid ESTA authorization, no trip to the United States, hence the interest of entrusting this administrative task to a competent team! You know, however, that this mandatory document does not guarantee entry into the United States: it is the immigration officer who will decide on your final admission.

The US government, currently headed by Donald Trump, advises you to print your ESTA form before flying. However, customs officers will not ask you to provide this document during your visit because all the information about you is directly transferred to them. Nevertheless, you will have to present them your valid biometric or electronic passport.

On the plane, you will have filled in a small blue form , the customs form . It will be given to you by the flight attendants and includes some of your personal information. You must indicate your passport number, your place of residence during your stay (make sure you have your exact address on you), the amount of money you have on you but also if you carry particular items such as fruits, vegetables, insects, products of animal origin, cell cultures or even, earth.

The different stages of the customs passage

After having recovered your passport and your card, the customs officers verify on their computer that your ESTA authorization has been attributed to you.

In a second time, simple questions will be asked. They can relate to the reasons for your trip, the length of your stay. Each traveler is then photographed and their fingerprints scanned.

This interview is, in most cases, a mere formality. In some cases, the agent may consider that additional maintenance is necessary.