U.S. Customs and Border Protection

About

With more than 60,000 employees, CBP is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

As the world’s first full-service border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.

The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs.

For more information about CBP, visit our main webpage.

Questions?  Compliments?  Complaints? Visit the CBP INFO CENTER

Travel
Almost a million times each day, CBP officers welcome international travelers into the U.S. In screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens, CBP uses a variety of techniques to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong. Descriptions of CBP processes and programs are available for first-time and frequent travelers.

For U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents If you are a U.S. citizen traveling abroad, get the information you need to smoothly navigate your return back into the U.S. https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens#

For International Visitors

If you are a visitor to the U.S. coming to work, study, conduct business or immigrate, get the Information you need to smoothly navigate the process and procedures to enter the U.S.

https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors

Trusted Traveler Programs

CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs provide expedited travel for pre-approved, low-risk travelers through dedicated lanes and kiosks.  These include Global Entry which are available to Colombian citizens who hold visas.  Apply here!  https://ttp.cbp.dhs.gov/

DHS TRIP

Have you been denied or delayed airline boarding; have been denied or delayed entry into or exit from the U.S. at a port of entry or border crossing; or have been repeatedly referred to additional (secondary) screening? You can file an inquiry to seek redress using DHS TRIP.

Electronic System for Travel Authorization

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (B-type visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

Facilitating trade
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has direct responsibility for enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness. By reducing costs for industry and enforcing trade laws against counterfeit, unsafe, and fraudulently entered goods, CBP is working to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety.

Resources for Importers and Exporters

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)