Section 2. Customs Notification and ADIZ Requirements
Specific flight plan, Customs, and other requirements
of individual countries are listed in the FAA
International Flight Information Manual, IFIM.
7-2-2. INBOUND AIRCRAFT: CUSTOMS
a. All aircraft entering U.S. airspace from a
foreign port must provide at least 1 hour advance
notice to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(CBP) at the point of first intended landing.
b. Aircraft arriving from the following location
must furnish a notice of intended arrival to CBP at the
nearest designated airport to point of crossing for the
first landing in the U.S.
1. Via the U.S./Mexican border or the Pacific
Coast from a foreign location in the Western
Hemisphere south of 33 degrees north latitude.
2. From the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic
Coasts from a place in the Western Hemisphere south
of 30 degrees north latitude from any place in
3. From the U.S. Virgin Islands.
4. From Puerto Rico, which if from Puerto Rico,
are conducting VFR flight.
c. This notice must be given at least 1 hour before
crossing the U.S. coastline or border. The advance
notice of arrival must include the following:
1. Aircraft registration number.
2. Name of aircraft commander.
3. Number of U.S. citizen passengers.
4. Number of alien passengers.
5. Place of last departure.
6. Estimated time and location of crossing U.S.
7. Estimated time of arrival.
8. Name of intended U.S. airport of first
d. The pilot may make any required notification
directly to the CBP through the Electronic Advance
Passenger Information System (eAPIS) at:
https://eapis.cbp.dhs.gov/. Alternate methods may
include telephone, radio, or other means, or may be
furnished through the FAA to the CBP.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Guide for Private Flyers.
e. When Customs flight notification service is
requested, as indicated by inclusion of ADCUS in
remarks, deliver the complete message to the
associated CBP office as soon as practical. Relay
additional or amended information to the CBP in
order to properly comply with requirements; for
example, when actual arrival time varies from ETA
by more than 15 minutes.
1. Provide the service only for those airports
where availability is advertised in the AFD on flight
notification messages. Pilots are responsible for
making their own Customs arrangements for other
2. Notify only the CBP office which, in turn, is
responsible for notifying other inspection agencies
f. Prefiled Customs notification requests for
flights returning to the U.S. must be delivered to the
CBP office not earlier than 23 hours in advance.
g. When an airborne aircraft identifies an airport
of first intended landing that is not one of the
designated airports, advise the pilot that this airport
is not a designated airport of first landing.
BE ADVISED THAT YOUR DESTINATION IS NOT A
CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
DESIGNATED FIRST LANDING AIRPORT. WHAT ARE
If a pilot insists on landing at a non璬esignated airport,
pass this information to nearest Customs and Border
h. When a flight notification message containing
ADCUS in remarks identifies a non璬esignated
airport of first intended landing, notify the message
originator to advise the pilot that the filed destination
is not a designated airport.
ADVISE (aircraft identification) THAT THE FILED
DESTINATION IS NOT A CUSTOMS AND BORDER
PROTECTION DESIGNATED FIRST LANDING
The FAA's role in this program is advisory only. Any
appearance of action of enforcing compliance must be
avoided. Any questions should be directed to the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection.
i. Record the time of receipt of Customs requests.
This time will constitute evidence of the pilot's
intention to comply with CBP, Immigration, and
Public Health requirements and will be made
available upon request from these authorities.
7-2-3. INBOUND AIRCRAFT: ADIZ
a. Unless otherwise authorized by ATC, no person
may operate an aircraft into, within, or across an
ADIZ unless that person has filed a flight plan with
an appropriate aeronautical facility.
b. Unless otherwise authorized by ATC, no person
may operate an aircraft into, within, or across an
ADIZ unless that aircraft is equipped with a coded
radar beacon transponder and automatic pressure
altitude reporting equipment having altitude
reporting capability that automatically replies to
interrogations by transmitting pressure altitude
information in 100璮oot increments.
This paragraph does not apply to the operation of an
aircraft which was not originally certificated with an
engine璬riven electrical system and which has not
subsequently been certified with such a system installed;
for example, a balloon or glider.
c. Pilots of aircraft entering the United States
through an ADIZ are required to comply with the
provisions of 14 CFR Sections 99.17 and 99.19.
d. Forward information on DVFR aircraft inbound to the U.S. to NORAD via Service B or by
telephone. Forward the following information:
1. Aircraft call sign.
2. Number and type of aircraft.
3. Altitude (within ADIZ).
4. True airspeed.
5. Time of departure.
6. Point of departure.
9. Remarks: DVFR discrete transponder code;
estimated first point of penetration of ADIZ
(latitude/longitude or fix璻adial璬istance); estimated
time of penetration of ADIZ.
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1. See para 6, IFR Flight Plan Control Messages .
2. Further information on ADIZ requirements is
contained in 14 CFR Part 99.