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Procedures for Aircraft Arriving from the U.S.

Returning to the U.S.

The new Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires everyone on board an aircraft entereing the U.S. -- even U.S. citizens -- to have a passport. You will need a passport to return to the U.S.

When returning to U.S. airspace you must obtain a discrete transponder code before departure, unless you plan to clear customs in Bellingham (BLI). BLI is in the radar coverage area of Vancouver, so you don't need a discrete code to go there.

Flight Service can give you this code when you file your flight plan. When departing from Langley, you will file your flight plan with Vancouver Flight Service at (604) 775-9505 or (800) 463-6377. (Note: local pilots may tell you to call Abbotsford Flight Service, but Abbotsford will not be able to give you the discrete transponder code, so call Vancouver.)

Don't forget to ask for your discrete transponder code if you're not going to clear customs at Bellingham!

      Call Vancouver Flight Service to file your flight plan and obtain a discrete transponder code.
      Call customs at your port-of-entry 1-2 hours in advance (the numbers are in the AOPA airport directory).
      Obtain a U.S. Customs sticker ($25). You can obtain this from Customs when you land, but be sure to advise them that you need it when you call. You can pay by credit card.

Note  There is no ADIZ between Canada and the U.S. We're friends! However, some U.S. Customs officials have been known to interpret the 12-inch N-number rule as applying to aircraft entering the U.S. from Canada. Some U.S. pilots carry a roll of tape just in case.

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