Pre-clearance at Shannon Airport a great option when U.S. reopens to foreigners Nov. 8, 2021
Following the recent announcement that the U.S will re-open on November 8th for passengers travelling there from the UK and Europe, Shannon International Airport is perfectly located for those operators that maybe planning trips and require a transit stop location.
The airport is open 24/7/365 and services are available for aircraft of all sizes. Additionally the availability of U.S Customs & Border Protection on the field allows crew and passengers pre-clear US Customs at Shannon and arrive in the U.S. as a domestic arrival thus saving time. The process is now very efficient with fuel stops at Shannon for those also clearing USCBP taking between 45-60 minutes. Whilst there has been some leeway during the Covid pandemic, generally any operator wishing to pre-clear USCBP at Shannon must provide 24 hour’s notice of their intention in advance. Here’s everything you need to know about pre-clearance resuming at Shannon.
The operating hours for USCBP currently are Monday to Friday 0900-1700 local. Overtime hours are available on request from 0700L in the morning and until 2100L in the evening and also includes weekends. Appointments can be made by contacting Universal Aviation Shannon and completing a pre-booking information sheet.
Logistical changes coming in to effect
- All crew and passengers must be cleared in the CBP office in the terminal due to COVID precautionary measures put in place by USCBP. USCBP Shannon will not clear onboard until the COVIDcrisis has ceased.
- All PPE/Protective Screening/Sanitizing Measures/Social distancing will be in effect in the CBP office and by the CBP officers.
Book as far in advance as possible
To ensure the pre-clearance process is as smooth as possible, we recommend all operators wishing to pre-clear at Shannon to provide details to their handler with as much notice as possible so that CBP can begin processing information prior to arrival.
More details on pre-clearance at Shannon
For full details on pre-clearance at Shannon, including the process and requirements, visit our pre-clearance blog article.