Flight Planning

International Flying

What you need to know when flying outside of the United States.

Alaska

Alaska is not an international destination for a U.S. citizen flying from the Lower 48, but those portions of the flight that overfly or land in Canada must comply with Canadian regulations. AOPA has divided flight information into two sections: one for flights that will land in Canada en route to Alaska, and the other for flights that will depart from a U.S. airport, overfly Canada without landing, and land at a U.S. airport.

Learn more about flying to Alaska

Bahamas

With Grand Bahama International Airport less than 100 nautical miles from many airports along Florida’s east coast, the Islands of the Bahamas are a popular tourist attraction for many pilots. Learn what you need to do as pilot in command, what your aircraft needs, how to help your passengers, and more to ensure a fun, relaxing international flight.

Learn more about flying to the Bahamas

canada international flying

Flying to Canada is a short hop for many pilots based along the northern U.S. border. For others, it’s a backcountry flying excursion for camping and fishing. Before you go, learn about Canadian regulations, U.S. Customs, Electronic Advance Passenger Information System, and more.

Learn more about flying to Canada

Caribbean

If you are considering flying to the beautiful islands in the Caribbean, find out what's involved in preparing for your trip! The information here applies to the Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico , U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, the French West Indies, Netherland Antilles, Nevis and St. Kitts, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Barbados, Granada and Carraicou, Trinidad and Tobago.

Learn more about flying to the Caribbean

C182 blue sky

The countries of Central America offer interesting and beautiful sights to see and relaxing places to vacation for pilots wishing to visit. The information on these pages pertains to the countries of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama.

Find out more about flying to Central America.

Mexico

Fly over beautiful scenery south of the border in Mexico, but don’t get caught off guard by new regulations. Find out about entry procedures, ELT requirements, air traffic control fees, and other information about flying internationally and specifically within Mexico.

Learn more about flying to Mexico