US Customs & Border Protection

This is a summary of the requirements for entering the United States with your vessel from any foreign country for the start and for all vessels (US and foreign) upon return from Bermuda after the race. Please see the applicable Customs and Border Protection website for specific and legal requirements.

CBP Reporting Offsite Arrival – Mobile (ROAM)

On September 15, 2021, CBP ROAM™ introduced new features that allow pleasure boaters to apply for and update cruising licenses.

As part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) comprehensive effort to improve the security of our nation's borders while enhancing legitimate travel, CBP has launched CBP ROAM™ which hosts the mobile services for reporting offsite arrival.

Overview of the CBP ROAM™ mobile application

CBP ROAM™ is a free mobile application that provides an option for pleasure boaters to report their U.S. entry to CBP via their personal smart device or a tablet located at local businesses to satisfy reporting requirements. In limited areas, travelers arriving in remote locations may also be eligible to use the CBP ROAM™ app. On September 15, 2021, CBP ROAM™ expanded its capabilities by adding the Cruising License features that allow users to apply for cruising licenses and report arrivals at domestic ports of call. 

CBP ROAM™ qualifies as an Alternative Inspection System that satisfies the boat operator's legal requirement to report for face-to-face inspection in accordance with 8 CFR 235.1 with some exceptions:

  • Travelers who require an I-94;
  • Travelers who must pay duties on imported goods; and
  • Other circumstances as applicable.

Travelers input their biographic, conveyance, and trip details and submit their trip for CBP Officer (CBPO) review. Once done, travelers receive push notifications and emails with their admissibility decision and next steps if applicable.

Getting Started

Travelers should download the CBP ROAM™ app on their web-enabled smart device. Please note that a free account is required to use the CBP ROAM™ app. After signing in, users can create and save traveler and conveyance profiles. These profiles can be reused for repeat entry into the United States.

To use CBP ROAM™ on your personal smart device, download the app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. In certain locations, the CBP ROAM app can also be accessed on tablets at partner locations.

For any questions or concerns about the CBP ROAM app, please email us at  [email protected].



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