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Ok so I'm not sure how many people are aware yet that for US bound flights from Abu Dhabi you clear customs in Abu Dhabi before boarding the US bound plane and once it lands in the US, you simply walk out to baggage claim as if you arrived on a domestic flight. So for immigration purposes will that be our port of entry? Or should we travel via another layover airline that comes in the traditional way with customs clearance in the US airport?

Any experience?


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***Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to General Immigration-Related Discussion.***

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It's perfectly fine to use a preclearance facility. These have been in place in Canada for years. Ireland has them as well.


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We used the Abu Dhabi pre-clearance POE last summer. It was quick and easy. The IO's seemed to be aware of flight departures and were making every effort to get people processed and through to avoid missed flights. One benefit of the pre-clearance is that you don't have to sit on the plane worrying about the remote possibility of being denied entry once you reach the U.S.

We're using it again in about 5 weeks - direct Abu Dhabi to Washington D.C. on Etihad.


 

 

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