Clear US immigration
in Abu Dhabi

With our US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility in Terminal 3, fly to the US from Abu Dhabi and clear US immigration before you board. With all the checks out of the way before you take-off, you can simply pick up your bags and go when you land in the US.

The only CBP preclearance facility in the Middle East, it’s the fastest and simplest way to travel to the US.

Touchless travel to and from the US

We’ve introduced biometric facial scanners at our boarding gates for a seamless, quicker boarding experience when you fly between Abu Dhabi and the U.S.

A completely touchless experience, you won’t need to present your passport or boarding pass – when you see the green light, you’re good to head on to the plane.

Available at boarding gates in Abu Dhabi and New York.

How to clear US immigration

We recommend that you check in at least three hours before your flight, then head to our US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility at least one hour before. The facility is located in Terminal 3, next to gates 58 – 61.

When you complete your preclearance process, your US entry date on your passport will be the date you depart from Abu Dhabi.

The steps you need to take before you use our CBP facility depend on your visa type.

Travelling with a valid visa

If you’re travelling to the US with a valid visa, make sure you have all required documents and avoid bringing any restricted or prohibited items with you.

Travelling under the Visa Waiver Program

If you’re travelling to the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), apply for travel authorisation from the US Department of Homeland Security at least 72 hours before you travel. You’ll also need to add Advance Passenger Information (API) to your booking at least one hour before your flight.

You must have a machine-readable passport and hold a confirmed return or onward ticket to leave the US within 90 days.

Complete a CBP Customs Declaration Form

Regardless of your visa type, you must complete a CBP Customs Declaration Form at the airport on the day of departure. One completed declaration form per family must be handed to the US airport customs official.

Forms are available at check-in, on board or in the Immigration Hall at Abu Dhabi airport.


US Premium Lounge

If you’re flying on an Etihad-operated flight in First or Business from Abu Dhabi to the US, you can use our US Premium Lounge after clearing US Immigration and Customs. The lounge offers comfortable seating, light refreshments and space to relax whilst you wait for your flight.

If you’re flying in Economy, you can access the US Premium Lounge for AED184 or US $50.