Border Overflight Exemption (BOE)

Ops Reminder:

Avoid unnecessary stops at U.S. Southern Border with a BOE

Service Specific to Operations to the United States

If you frequently operate between the United States and the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, you should consider applying for a Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) to streamline your missions.

With a BOE, you can overfly the first designated Airport of Entry (AOE) and operate instead directly to your destination in the U.S. This exemption applies when arriving into the U.S. from below the 30th parallel in the Eastern U.S., and below the 33rd parallel in the Western U.S.

  • Who can apply? Private and commercial operators worldwide
  • An approved BOE is valid for two years

With BOE status you can optimize mission itineraries, improve safety by reducing takeoff/landing cycles, and reduces fuel and maintenance expenses.

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