CBP Provides Essential Tips for Hajj Travelers

DETROIT – As the Hajj pilgrimage approaches, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations offers crucial travel tips to ensure a seamless return to the United States for pilgrims.

A CBP officer at Detroit Metropolitan Airport watches as an aircraft arrives at the terminal
Travelers are advised to be aware of money reporting requirements and to declare all food items and merchandise upon re-entry.

“Travelers must declare any currency exceeding $10,000 when entering or leaving the United States,” emphasized Marty Raybon, Director of Field Operations. “To ensure safe and efficient travel, it’s vital for travelers to be honest about their purchases and to accurately report the merchandise and currency they carry.”

Federal regulations restrict certain items from being brought into the U.S. All travelers must declare meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, seeds, soil, animals, and plant and animal products they may possess. Prohibited agricultural items can harbor pests and diseases harmful to U.S. agriculture and the environment.

Failure to declare currency, food, or merchandise accurately may result in seizure and potential civil and criminal penalties.

To save time, travelers can fill out the Currency and Monetary Instruments Report online up to 72 hours before travel.

For any concerns arising from inspections at the port of entry, a CBP supervisor is always available to address questions. CBP remains committed to treating all travelers with respect and dignity.–News Release by Youssef Fawaz