Special Notes for Canadians crossing the border:
For those who haven't crossed the border lately, there are some requirements to complete before departure:
You need to register with the TSA to obtain a username and password to be able to access the e-apis website.
This can take a couple of days (at least it did for me) so you might want to get that started before the contest gets too close.....
There is an on-line tutorial on filling out the e-apis forms, as well as a printable guide (I have included the links below)
I have heard varying stories, some say you have to apply at least 24 hours before departure, others say as long as you get the confirmation e-amil, you are good to go.....
Filling out the e-apis does NOT contact customs. You must still notify the local customs office your expected arrival time.
For those flying aircraft with experimental certificates...you need a Special Flight Authorization, and have to print a copy (and carry on
board) the following document:
Private aircraft crossing the border between Canada and the United States must conform to the following basic requirements:
- Submit an eAPIS notice
- File and activate a flight plan.
- Squawk a unique transponder code (unless you obtain a waiver)
- Be in radio contact with a controlling agency (FAA or NAV CANADA)
- If you are departing from or landing in the US, file an electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) Notice and receive an email approval to enter or leave the United States.
- Contact US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents directly at least two hours before arriving in the US in order or CANPASS (1-888-CAN-PASS) at least tow hours before arriving in Canada to arrange for inspection.