One of my favourite things about traveling to the USA from Dublin is that it is one of the few places in the world where you can go through US Immigration and Customs before you depart. Effectively meaning that when you land, your landing as an domestic flight. I have often found this to be far quicker to do it in Dublin but also a little friendlier!
The Dublin Airport Authority have put a new video together showing detailing your trip through US Preclearence which you can see here.
United States Customs and Border Protection
The United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) facility at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport is a purpose built facility that allows US bound passengers to undertake all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections at Dublin prior to departure.
Having cleared USCBP, passengers arriving in the US are treated as domestic arrivals, which allows for a faster processing through their arrival airport in the United States including the checking through of any baggage to the traveller’s final destination.
Dublin Airport is one of only a handful of airports outside North America that offer the CBP facility.
Electronic System For Travel Authorisation (ESTA) For Travel To The US
Passengers who plan to travel to the US are required under the US Visa Waiver Programme to apply for travel authorisation online prior to travel.
The electronic system for travel authorisation (ESTA) can be completed here.
Passengers will require an approved ESTA prior to boarding. An approved ESTA is valid for up to two years and multiple entries but is not a guarantee of admissibility.An ESTA application is subject to a charge – for more information, see here.
Permitted Food Items
In order to avoid delays we suggest that all food items be carried in hand luggage, declared and presented for inspection at the USCBP facility at Dublin Airport.
For further information, please visit the US Embassy in Dublin’s website.