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U.S. Port of Entry

Your International Gateway and U.S. Port of Entry

Falls International Airport carries the status of being an international airport and serves as a U.S. Port of Entry for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Whether flying commercial or using general aviation services, Falls International Airport offers U.S. Port of Entry services 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. A Customs and Border Patrol Officer is called to the site when an international flight is scheduled to arrive.  Please note advance notification is required.

Entering the United States

Pilot Must Have:

  • Pilot license – Private or above
  • Current medical certificate
  • Valid US Passport Book

Aircraft Must Have:

  • Radio station license and operator’s permit.
  • Transponder for flight in class A, B, and C airspace.

New Process to Clear the Border Required
Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) is a reporting system now in effect for passengers arriving or departing the United States by private aircraft.

Please visit the eAPIS website to log in or enroll in the new system.


Entering Canada

Pilot Must Have:

  • Pilot license – Private or above
  • Current medical certificate
  • Proof of citizenship

Aircraft Must Have:

  • Current airworthiness/registration certificates.
    Experimental aircraft must validate airworthiness certificate with Transport Canada prior to entry.
    Ferry flights must contact transport Canada prior to entry.
  • Radio station license and operator’s permit.
    Two-way radio for flight in controlled airspace.
    Mode C for flight in class A, B, C and some class D airspace.
  • Operating limitations weight and valance documentation.
  • Public liability and private aircraft passengers liability insurance certificate.
  • Owner’s written permission for renters.

To Clear Border

  • File a flight plan to an approved airport of entry (AOE).  Arrive within established customs service hours to avoid callout charges.
  • Call 1.888.CANPASS (226.7277) with estimated time of arrival (ETA) between 1 and 72 hours before entering Canada.  Alternate number 604.363.0343.
  • Notify Customs if ETA changes significantly.  Notify Customs or RCMP is weather or emergency forces a change in destination.
  • Contact Customs at 1.888.CANPASS immediately upon arrival.
  • Proof of citizenship required for all persons on board.
  • Papers required for pets over 3 months.

Notable Differences

  • Visual flight rules (VFR) in controlled airspace: 3 mi. vis, 500 ft. vertically and 1 mi. horizontally from cloud at least 500 ft. AGL in control zones.
    Class C airspace: clearance prior to entry.
    Class F airspace: CYR-stay out; CYA-proceed with caution.
    Canadian VRF over the top rules differ from US VFR on top.
  • REFER TO CANADA FLIGHT SUPPLEMENT (CFS) FOR: Aerodrome directory, Mandatory and Aerodrome traffic Frequencies (MF/ATF), Customs AEOs, Intercept signals, and Search and Rescue signals. Refer to Canadian Aviation Regulations Before flight in Canada.