Customs and Immigration at Dulles International
All arriving international passengers and luggage, with the exception of those arriving from pre-cleared points of origin, must be screened by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Make sure to collect all of your luggage before exiting the CBP facility; re-entry is not allowed. Passengers connecting to another flight will need to re-check their luggage and go through screening by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Passengers ending their journey in Washington D.C. will exit onto the Terminal Arrivals Level - Baggage Claim.
Expedited Customs Screening Eligibility
Dulles has advanced technology to speed Customs screening. Choose the option best suited for you and skip the regular line:
Global Entry – $100 enrollment fee. Apply to CBP well in advance of travel. Approved members scan their passport and fingerprint at dedicated kiosks for expedited Customs' processing. U.S. citizens, permanent residents and citizens of a few foreign nations (see website) are eligible. Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in TSA Pre-check for no additional fee.
Mobile Passport App – No fee. Download free app in advance of travel. After anwering basic questions via the app, users proceed to a dedicated lane for expedited Customs processing. Available to U.S. and Canadian citizens traveling with B1 or B2 visa status.
Dulles Passport Express – No fee. No enrollment required. Instead of filling out paper forms, travelers use kiosks in the airport Arrivals Hall and answer basic, on-screen questions for expedited Customs processing. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and returning visitors from countries participating in the ESTA program are eligible.
Passengers not eligible for these programs must complete a paper declaration form onboard the aircraft. Proceed with the form and your passport to the Visitors Line for Customs processing.
Meeting International Passengers
Dulles International provides a waiting area immediately outside the International Arrivals Building in the Terminal near Baggage Claim 14 / International Arrivals. Passengers who go through U.S. Customs at the flight's country of origin will arrive through doors located between Baggage Claims 4 and 12, the same exit point as domestic flights. More information is available here on the Meeting Passengers page of this website.
Contacts / For More Information
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
General Inquiries Hotline: 877-227-5511 / CBP at Dulles: 703-661-2800
- U.S. Customs and Immigration Services
- Department of State (U.S. Visa Application Process)