CBP Introduces Videos for International Travelers to the U.S.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for screening nearly one million people traveling to the United States each day. To help make the admissions process run more smoothly, the CBP has created four videos designed to educate international travelers about CBP procedures at U.S. ports of entry (POEs).

Overview of CBP Videos

The video Know Before You Go provides tips to returning U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs, or “green card” holders), such as which food products they are prohibited from bringing into the United States. Know Before You Visit details what documents visitors have to present upon their arrival in the United States, namely a valid passport and visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

The You’ve Arrived video details the POE arrivals process for visitors and residents. It shows how the CBP uses technology to strengthen security, as well as to streamline the process for arrivals into the United States.

Finally, the How to Expedite Your Entry video details how to use self-service kiosks available at most major airports for programs such as Global Entry, which requires pre-approval, and Automated Passport Control. For more information on the Global Entry Program, please read the MurthyDotCom NewsBrief, Further Expansion of Global Entry Program (01.Jul.2013).

More CBP Travel Information

While the videos containing helpful travel guidance are new, the CBP has made such information available to the public for many years. In addition to these videos, potential travelers are well advised to review the Know Before you Go information on the CBP WebSite, to help make their inspection and admission processes proceed more smoothly.


These four videos are part of the National Travel and Tourism Strategy, and are available on the CBP WebSite. They also will be shown in the international arrivals area of major airports. The CBP is providing these materials to the airlines for incorporation into existing travel advisories, as well. Individuals should review this general information while planning their travel.


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