Looking for an escape from winter weather, or picking your family's spring break vacation? If you're going to the Bahamas or Caribbean, use the resources in AOPA's International Flying section to ease your planning and help you avoid the penalties associated with trying to clear Customs without the proper preparation and paperwork.
You'll find all of the necessary forms, a step-by-step flight planning guide specific to the Bahamas and Caribbean, country and weather information, trip reports from other pilots, and more.
Remember, when you reenter the United States, you must land for Customs processing at the airport closest to the point where you cross into the United States. A list of acceptable airports is listed in 19 CFR 122.24. To receive a special exemption from the landing requirement, follow the procedures outlined in 19 CFR 122.25.
AOPA also recommends using the " U.S. Customs and Border Protection Guide for Private Flyers" () to learn the ins and outs of successfully clearing customs.
If you have any questions about international operations, call the experts in AOPA's Pilot Information Center weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern at 800/USA-AOPA, or via e-mail.
December 9, 2005