Houston, TX
March 12, 2016
Gate 10
Scheduled 12:30 PM
Security Checkpoint: Less than 10
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International Travel

Visa Requirements

Non-U.S. citizens need a visa to enter the United States to visit, work, live and connect (international transit).

For more information on entry and visa requirements, please visit the U.S. Department of State

Immigration Procedures

Passengers traveling into HOU on international flights will arrive at international arrival gates in International Concourse. They will disembark and make their way through secure corridors into the adjoining Federal Inspection Services (FIS). Here they will clear Immigration and Passport Control and then proceed to baggage claim and clear customs at the CBP Exit Control check point.

Once passengers arrive at the immigration hall, they will have the option of being processed the following ways:

  • Immigration officer
  • Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosk (US citizens, green card holders or legal permanent residents, ESTA and visa waiver)
  • Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network Program kiosk (members only)

Passengers will then collect their baggage before going to customs exit control.

Upon arrival at customs exit control, one of the following documents will be required:

  • Customs declaration form (If processed via immigration officer)
  • Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosk receipt (if processed at APC kiosk)
  • Global Entry kiosk receipt (if processed at Global Entry kiosk

There is a CBP Agriculture Specialist available to examine food, plants or other perishables for travelers carrying these items. Passengers who have duty to pay may do so at the cashier window adjacent to the exit doors of the Customs and Border Protection area.

Passengers ending their journey in Houston will continue straight after exiting the doors of the customs area and into the Meeter/Greeter Lobby. Ground transportation will also be accessible from this area.

Automated Passport Control (APC)

U.S. or Canadian citizens, U.S. green card holders, legal permanent residents, ESTA and visa-waiver holders may use one of the self-service kiosks when arriving at HOU on international flights. All eligible foreign visitors must have entered the U.S. at least once prior. 

The system is designed to expedite the processing of passengers arriving at HOU by allowing them to enter required data using touch-screen technology, as opposed to hand writing the information on a traditional card.

Passengers simply place their passport on the scanning pad located on the kiosk and then provide answers to a series of basic questions. That data is then sent electronically to one of the screening officers on duty, minimizing both the effort required from the passenger and the chance for mistaken information to enter the system.

APC is a free service and does not require pre-registration.