U.S. Customs and Border Protection reminds boaters arriving in the U.S. from Canada to follow proper reporting procedures.
- After having visited any foreign port or place
- After having had contact with any hovering vessel
- After having received merchandise outside the U.S. territorial waters.
- When they touch U.S. soil
- When making contact with any hovering vessel
- Report for inspection at the nearest open marina CBP port of entry: Cape Vincent, Heart Island and Lake Champlain.
- If you are in possession of a pre-approved Form I-68 or are a member of a CBP Trusted Traveler Program (e.g. NEXUS or Global Entry) you can call 1-800-827-2851 to report your arrival.
- All other boaters must report their arrival utilizing a CBP videophone at one of the following stations: Dunkirk, Erie Basin Marina (Buffalo), North Tonawanda, Youngstown, Wilson, Olcott, Point Breeze, Rochester, Sodus Point, Oswego, Sackets Harbor, Clayton, Alexandria Bay, Morristown, Ogdensburg and Waddington.
- The Small Vessel Reporting System enables boaters to report their arrival from foreign waters. It is a free, voluntary program with online enrollment. New applicants register online and schedule an interview with a CBP officer at an authorized reporting location of their choice.
As required by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, U.S. and Canadian citizens must present a WHTI-compliant travel document for entry into the U.S. by land and sea. For complete WHTI information, please visit https://www.getyouhome.gov.
Boaters who have an I-68 form will need to follow the travel document requirements. WHTI-compliant documents (U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License/Enhanced Identification Card, I-551 card or passport) enable you to use telephone clearance procedures for I-68 holders. The I-68 form is not considered an identity or travel document, and is available at U.S. ports of entry.
To speed inspection, boaters should have the following information available for CBP inspection:
- Name, date of birth and citizenship of all persons on board
- Name of the boat and/or boat registration number
- U.S. decal number (if 30 feet or longer)
- Home port and current location
Boaters and frequent cross-border travelers should join the NEXUS program. NEXUS cardholders use a special, rapid entry process when crossing the U.S.-Canada border. For more information on NEXUS, visit the website: CBP Trusted Traveler Programs
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