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New U.S. Border Crossing Requirements in Effect May 18

We’ve been hearing the word, “eAPIS” a lot lately, and so have those pilots who fly into the U.S. regularly or occasionally. So what is eAPIS? It’s an acronym (aviation loves its acronyms) that stands for Electronic Advance Passenger Information System, and beginning Monday, May 18, anyone flying into or out of the U.S. will have to use it to gain clearance to cross the border. It’s all part of the “Advance Information on Private Aircraft Arriving and Departing the United States” final rule issued late last year by the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which requires private aircraft operators or their designees to electronically transmit advance notice and passenger/crew manifest information through the eAPIS no later than 60 minutes before departure. It’s very important that those of us planning to fly into the U.S.—to AirVenture Oshkosh this year, for example - become fully educated on the new border crossing requirements. Failure to comply with the new regulations could result in a fine of $5,000 for a first offense, and a $10,000 fine and/or jail time for subsequent violations.

EAA developed a “kneeboard fact sheet“ you can download for preflight planning. In the mean time, it’s you can register at any time and set up an account at the eAPIS website. The system will allow you to enter your outbound and inbound flight and passenger information prior to your initial departure point. The new CBP rule using the CBP eAPIS web site applies to U.S. and foreign certificated pilots. EAA members are encouraged to contact EAA Aviation Services with questions and/or problems they may have with this new CBP process at 888-322-4636 or via e-mail at info@eaa.org.

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