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

Click here to check out the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about preclearance.

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. 

International Travellers

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.

Click here for more information and to check out the ESTA web site

Click here to visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection web site

Cannabis

Despite the fact that cannabis will be legal and regulated in Canada, it will remain illegal to take cannabis across Canada’s national borders, whether you are entering or leaving Canada. This remains a serious criminal offence subject to arrest and prosecution, despite the legalization of cannabis within Canada. To find out more, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.

Although the possession of cannabis is legal in some U.S. states, it remains illegal under U.S. federal laws in any form and quantity, and it is illegal to bring it across the Canada-U.S. border.

Previous use of cannabis, or any substance prohibited by U.S. federal laws, could mean that you are denied entry to the U.S. Concerned travellers should check with immigration authorities to determine the impact of U.S. laws on their particular situation.

Although cannabis will be legal in Canada, travellers should not attempt to cross the Canada-U.S. border with any amount of cannabis in any form, even if you are travelling to a U.S. state that has legalized possession of cannabis. If you do so, you can expect legal prosecution and fines, and possibly jail time.

We will be installing disposal bins at security screening checkpoints where passengers can dispose of any cannabis prior to travelling.