Information from the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection Website
Documents You Will Need
to Enter the United States
persons including citizens of the United States traveling
by air between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and
Bermuda are required to present a passport, Merchant Mariner
Document (presented by U.S. citizen merchant mariners traveling
on official business) or NEXUS Card (NEXUS enrollment is
limited to citizens of the United States and Canada, and
lawful permanent residents of the United States and Canada).
Children will be required to present their own passport.
U.S. Lawful Permanent
Residents (LPRs), refugees, and asylees will continue to
be able to use their Alien Registration Card
(Form I-551), issued by DHS, or other evidence of permanent
resident status or refugee or asylee status to apply for
entry into the United States.
The Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative (WHTI) does not affect travel between
the United States and its territories. U.S. citizens traveling
directly between the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the
U.S. Virgin Islands, America Samoa, Swains Island and the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will continue
to be able to use established forms of identification to
board flights and for entry.
As of January 31,
2008, verbal declarations of identity and citizenship alone
will no longer be accepted. On this date, U.S. and Canadian
citizens entering the U. S. at land and sea ports of entry
from within the Western Hemisphere will need to present
(1) government-issued proof of citizenship, such as a birth
certificate, along with (2) government issued photo ID,
such as a driver’s license. (
Important Change in International Land and Sea Travel Document
While a passport
or other comparable document is not required for entry by
land or sea, U.S. and Canadian citizens are highly encouraged
to carry proof of identity and citizenship. Travelers 19
years and older should also carry government-issued photo
ID. Please visit CBP.gov for the latest information on travel
- Travel Info)
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service - Customs
The U.S. Immigration
and Naturalization Service maintains an office in St. Croix
and is happy to assist visitors by answering any immigration
questions. Their telephone number: (340) 778-6559. At the
airport, their number is (340) 778-1419. You can also call
U.S. Customs at (340) 773-1490 if you have any questions.
When you leave St. Croix by air, give yourself at least
an hour and a half at the airport to go through customs
and immigration checkpoints. At the airline counter you
will be required to show photo identification for security
purposes and check your bags.
through Customs you have the opportunity to shop in the
airport's gift shop and/or get a bite to eat at the small
local restaurant located in the lobby. This is your last
chance to try some local food before you return home!
lobby, fill in the Customs Declaration form you were given
at check-in and proceed to Customs. Present your declaration
form, along with your passport, to a Customs Inspector.
You then collect your bags from the luggage carousel and
pass through Immigration where you present your identification
and Customs Declaration form. Be prepared to have all your
bags checked thoroughly, inside and out.
Once past Customs
and the airport screening area there are new gates with
comfortable chairs and a small snack bar which serves light
snacks, soft drinks, beer and limited cocktails.