When you are travelling non-stop to the U.S., you go through the U.S. preclearance facility at the far end of the terminal building (see Frequently Asked Questions below). You will go through U.S. Customs and Border Protection prior to your departure from Halifax so you can get to where you’re going in the U.S. more quickly.
- Go to the far end (north) of the terminal building – simply follow the U.S. Pre-clearance signs displaying the American flag
- Take twin escalators to the second level
- Go to ticket counter and check baggage
- Go through pre-board security screening
- Proceed through U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Once cleared, go to departure gates. You arrive in the U.S. as a domestic passenger
NOTE: All passengers must be processed through U.S. Customs and Border Protection by 4:30 p.m., regardless of your flight time. Even if your flight is delayed you must be checked in and processed through U.S. preclearance by 4:30 p.m.
If you are travelling to or through the United States, please be aware of enhanced security procedures required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Canadian citizens must present a passport when entering or departing the U.S. by air.
Residents of all other countries require a passport, as well as a travel visa. However, some countries (including most Eastern European countries), participate in a program to waive the need for a visa for stays of 90 days or less.
Instead of a visa, you can complete an Electronic System Travel Authorization (ESTA) form. Upon completion of the ESTA form you are required to provide a credit card number for the $14 USD administrative fee. This form should be completed before travelling.