Anyone arriving in the United States from a foreign port on a pleasure vessel has to report their arrival to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As part of CBP’s comprehensive effort to improve the security of our nation’s borders while enhancing legitimate travel, they’ve launched the Reporting Offsite Arrival – Mobile (ROAM) app and added Florida to the list of available locations.
The ROAM app is a free mobile application that offers a convenient, quick and efficient alternative to the 1-800 number currently used to report small vessel entry in Florida by providing:
- A streamlined reporting process with reusable traveler and mode of travel profiles
- Shorter wait times by reporting from a smartphone
- Remote inspections by CBP Officers (CBPO) using video chat, as necessary
Our Pier Sixty-Six Marine Director, Megan Lagasse, had this to say about the app, “Bimini, Bahamas being the closest Bahamas destination to Fort Lauderdale roughly, 60 miles, is a very popular destination. This app makes it very easy to check-in and check-out of the U.S. without leaving the boat.”
To use the ROAM app, travelers input their biographic, conveyance and trip details and submit their trip for CBP Officer review. Once the CBPO reviews the trip, travelers will receive a push notification and an email with their admissibility decision and next steps, if applicable.
Travelers enrolled in the Local Boater Option (LBO) registered traveler program and other Trusted Traveler Programs, such as Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI, can save their traveler number in their profiles to save additional time when returning to the U.S.
“Boaters entering the state of Florida with the ROAM App can now expect to save substantial time when reporting their U.S. entry,” said Diane J. Sabatino, Director of Field Operations for Miami and Tampa Field Offices. “CBP looks forward to continuing its collaboration with the boating community to enhance compliant travel into the U.S.”