U.S. Preclearance Information For Irish Travellers

Published on 2019-03-22
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Have you flown to the United States from another country? If yes, then I’m sure that you’re accustomed to the monotonous process of immigration clearing and customs.

Traditionally, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers will inspect your documents soon after you leave the plane. They will verify a thing or two about your trip and take a look at your customs declaration form. Then send you off to the agriculture inspection station. Once the whole process is done, you're cleared to leave the airport.

Luckily for Irish travellers, the airport in Dublin has a U.S. Preclearance facility that allows travellers bound for the U.S. to undergo immigration and customs inspection right on the spot before departing.

The CBP program has been implemented to speed up passenger transit and improve passenger screening.

What’s Good About It?

  • Irish passengers are lucky to enjoy a speedy process since U.S. Preclearance has been done prior to their departure.
  • Thus, travellers get to their destination quickly while reducing the time to connect.

Countries That Host CBP Foreign Preclearance

Currently, there are 6 countries that host the CBP foreign preclearance locations. These countries are Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

These are the following airports:


  • Calgary International Airport
  • Edmonton International Airport
  • Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport
  • Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
  • Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Winnipeg International Airport


  • Grand Bahama International Airport (Freeport, Bahamas)
  • L.F. Wade International Airport (Bermuda)
  • Lynden Pindling International Airport (Nassau, Bahamas)
  • Queen Beatrix International Airport (Aruba)

Other Countries

  • Dublin Airport (Ireland)
  • Shannon Airport (Ireland)
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (UAE)


The success of existing Preclearance operations inspired the CBP to expand its program to new locations. Currently, the CBP is negotiating with a lot of countries who are keen to establish Preclearance operations. Signed agreements already include Sweden and the Dominican Republic. While other concluded agreements will cover Stockholm and Punta Cana.

U.S. Preclearance Reminders

Before undergoing Preclearance, these are the things that you need to keep in mind:

  • Check-in with your airline as you would
  • Go through Dublin Airport International security screening.
  • Head to the U.S. Preclearance area.

3 Easy Steps To Preclearance

Listed below are the convenient steps that you need to keep in mind for the U.S. Preclearance in Dublin Airport.

  1. Complete the TSA Security Screening (American Security Screening Standard)
  2. This process can be done on your own through the self-service kiosks at the airport. U.S. citizens and ESTA passengers alike are allowed to use the kiosks. The transaction time for U.S. Citizens would typically take around 40 seconds. On the other hand, ESTA passengers would take 80 seconds to complete the task.
  • Scan your passport
  • Get your photo taken
  • Wait for the approval receipt to be issued

    Note: ESTA passengers are required to have their fingertips scanned.

  1. After self-processing, the approval receipt along with your passport needs to be presented to a U.S. Preclearance officer for a short inspection.

Electronic System For Travel Authorization (ESTA)

Travelers who are heading to the United States need to apply for travel authorization online under the United States’ Visa Waiver Programme. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA can be completed here.

Passengers longing to enter the United States are required to have their travel authorization approved before boarding.  ESTA applications are subject to a charge. It is valid until 2 years and good for multiple entries. Yet, this should not be considered as a guarantee of admissibility.

Restricted Food Items

Food items bought prior to the Preclearance is not allowed into the United States. Hence, passengers are advised to bring food items which can be put inside their luggage. Foods in their luggage need to be declared and presented during inspection at the U.S. Preclearance facility (USCBP) at Dublin.

Additional Information

For more information about the foreign preclearance process, you can call the Customs and Border Protection. It is available from Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Eastern Time. For more information, you can visit the website of the United States’ Embassy in Ireland.

51st & Green Lounge

After completing the U.S. Preclearance, you can retreat from the bustling airport terminals. 51st & Green, is a relaxing, friendly, and fun lounge where you can get some peace hours before your flight.

Lounge access is complementary to business class ticket holders. Priced at €35 p/p online or €39 at the reception.

Access to the lounge includes being able to enjoy the following:

  • Barista coffee and cocktails
  • Drinks, snacks & fresh Irish dishes with a touch of America
  • Entertainment screen with live sports
  • High-speed Wi-Fi so you can download in-flight entertainment
  • Quiet space to work with charging ports
  • Shower facilities so you can freshen up before the flight
  • Breath-taking runway view

Entertainment & Work Spaces

The lounge allows passengers to relax, work and play with the spacious area it offers. Passengers traveling on business matters can make the most of their time with the dedicated work area that the lounge offers.

Passengers who have a different idea of relaxation might enjoy the high-speed Wi-Fi. It allows them to stay connected on the web while downloading movies they might want to watch during the flight.


Ireland Preclearance and Contact Information:

Dublin Airport

Location: Terminal 2, Pier E, Dublin, Ireland

Phone: (011) 353-1248-0300

Shannon Airport

Location: Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

Phone: (011) 353-6147-2297



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