Scottsdale Airport reducing U.S. Customs hours until Sept. 30

posted on 2nd July 2020 by Eddie Saunders
Scottsdale Airport reducing U.S. Customs hours until Sept. 30

Scottsdale Airport will temporarily scale back its hours for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) service. The temporary service hours are now 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday until Sept. 30.

After-Hour Appointments

Appointments outside of office hours may be available 24 hours per day, seven days per week; requests outside of office hours are evaluated on a case by case basis and are based on officer availability. Users requesting service outside of normal hours must pay an additional $225 user fee. To book an appointment with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, please call 480-312-8483.

Why the change?

Service hours are being temporarily changed due to CBP’s recent announcement of transitioning from flat-rate fees to full-cost recovery billing starting July 1 to meet statutory requirements. This change significantly increases the cost to the airport to provide customs service. With its announcement, the CBP also offered an option to pause services for three months to help airport sponsors offset the increased costs.

The Aviation Department decided this option was in Scottsdale’s best interest given a decreased demand for customs service during the summer months, especially this year with COVID-19 impacts on international travel. This will help Scottsdale defray some of the financial impact.

Aviation staff is evaluating future financial impacts and adjustments to user fees and/or service levels.

Requesting Landing Rights at Scottsdale Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection services has announced some slight changes to the amount of time necessary to request landing rights – read bulletin (PDF).

US-Visit Service Available

The US-VISIT Service is now available at Scottsdale Airport. This service features advanced biometric identification techniques that will allow visitors from all over the world to fly in and out of Scottsdale, provided they have the proper visas.

US Customs and Border Protection service is available at Scottsdale Airport as a User Fee Service. The fees for using the service are as follows:

Single Piston $50.00/use
Twin Piston $100.00/use
Turboprop (Twin and Single Turboprop)$225.00/use
Light Jet (Up to 18,000 lbs)$350.00/use
Mid-Size Jet (18,001 to 35,000 lbs)$600.00/use
Large Jet (35,001 lbs or Greater >)$750.00/use

Beginning on Jan. 23, 2007, all persons – including U.S. citizens-traveling by air from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to have a “Valid and Unexpired” Passport (unless traveling with a Permanent Resident Card, asylee or document, Merchant Mariner’s document or NEXUS Air Card) to enter the Refugee Document or NEXUS Air Card to enter the United States.

International Travel Requirements

Beginning on Jan. 23, 2007, all persons – including U.S. citizens-traveling by air from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to have a “Valid and Unexpired” Passport (unless traveling with a Permanent Resident Card, asylee or document, Merchant Mariner’s document or NEXUS Air Card) to enter the Refugee Document or NEXUS Air Card to enter the United States.

The following forms must be submitted to obtain over flight privileges: 442 and 442a Filled out and signed. ALL direct flights from Mexico require an approved Over flight letter on file. Forms can be found at www.cbp.gov.

Contact the Customs and Border Protection Office for any questions at: 480-312-8483.

Scottsdale Airport Requires notice by 2 p.m. (local time) of the previous business day prior to the intended day of arrival for ALL International Travel. 

How to obtain a decal:

Private aircraft arriving from foreign areas must have a valid Customs Decal. The Decal must be placed within 18 inches of the normal boarding area; the Decal must be visible when the doors are open.

Complete the Annual Decal Request Form 339a online at http:/www.cbp.gov follow instructions for payment and receipt of Decal.