Required advance passenger information
In an effort to increase security in the area of international air travel, many countries have instituted an Advance Passenger Information System (APIS/API) that affects most international flights.
APIS is an automated data collection system capable of performing queries on air passengers prior to their arrival into an applicable country.
U.S. flights: In addition to information required for most international flights, you need to provide:
Complete street address (including zip code) where you will be staying while in the U.S.
If you are connecting to a cruise ship: the name of the vessel and the city/state of point of embarkation
How is the passenger data collected?
The data is collected by the air carrier during the check-in process and submitted electronically to Customs prior to the passenger's arrival at their destination.
When is the passenger information provided to Customs?
Air carriers must submit passenger information within fifteen minutes after the aircraft departs.