Marina Customs

Please note as of November 1, 2015 the U.S. Customs Office has a new location: 100 First Street S.  (on the corner of First Street and Spring Street)

When visiting Friday Harbor by recreational vessel from Canada or any other foreign port one of the following is required upon arrival into the United States:

  • U.S., Canadian, or other Passport that denotes identity and citizenship
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (when and where available)
  • Nexus Card
  • I-68 Permit

All persons on board are required to clear through U.S. Customs. The U.S. Customs dock is located on the front face on the northern end of Breakwater ‘B’. (Click here for map) There is 300’ of lineal side tie space available for tie-up.

Once dockside, a phone is provided to call the local U.S. Customs office. At that time an agent will come down and meet the vessel. Only the captain of the vessel should disembark, all other passengers should remain on board. Under certain circumstances the captain may be asked to report directly to the U.S. Customs office, passengers and other crew must still wait on board.

If participating in the Nexus or I-68 programs you may report your arrival into U.S. waters by calling 1-800-562-5943. You will need the following information on hand when calling:

  • Name, date of birth, and citizenship of all persons on board (including passport number);
  • Name of the boat and/or registration number;
  • CBP user fee decal number (if 30 feet or longer);
  • Homeport and current location;
  • Return contact number;
  • Trusted Traveler document info readily available (i.e. I-68, Nexus, BR#)

For more information regarding U.S. Customs Clearance or the Nexus & I-68 programs please go to www.cbp.gov.

For local U.S. Customs & Border Protection office in Friday Harbor please call 360-378-2080.

Airport Customs

Please note as of November 1, 2015 the U.S. Customs Office has a new location: 100 First Street S.  (on the corner of First Street and Spring Street)

Canadian Flying Procedures
Assumes a VFR flight from Friday Harbor Airport to Canada

Checklist before you start

  • Register on eAPIS
  • Passport
  • Canadian Currency
  • Canadian Charts – especially The Vancouver VTA — VFR Terminal Area Chart
  • Canada Flight Supplement
  • Obtain DTOPS Sticker

Leaving USA / Friday Harbor

  • File eAPIS
  • Call 1-800-WX Brief and file flight plan or file online with Lockheed Martin Flight Services. If you file online choose “domestic flight plan.” It allows a Canadian destination. It’s counterintuitive; but it works
  • Call Canpass 1-888-226-7277 (1-888-CANPASS) 2 – 48 hours prior to depart to let them know where you are landing and arrange for customs. Be prepared for “why are you coming to Canada?” and background questions
  • Open Flight plan on Mt. Constitution 122.3. Get transponder squawk code
  • Contact Victoria at about Roche Harbor. If you’re below 2,500’ call Victoria Tower on 119.1. If you’re above 2,500’ call Victoria Terminal on 127.8
  • Close flight plan upon landing in Canada. Tower usually does it
  • Upon landing call CDN Customs / CANPASS 1-888-226-7277. They will check you in on the phone or arrange for customs agents to come to your airplane and check you in
  • If going on in Canada, create new flight plan

Returning to USA

  • File eAPIS – 2 to 48 hours before flight
  • Call Kamloops 1-866-541-4101 / File flight plan to USA. They talk you through it
  • Call FHR customs 360-378-2080 day of flight. They open at 8 AM. Arrange for arrival time. Avoid arriving at FHR when the international ferry arrives in Friday Harbor. If you don’t want to or can’t go thru FHR, then Bellingham is a good alternate. They need a one-hour notice before arrival. 360-734-5463
  • Contact tower of departure airport to open flight plan and get transponder squawk code. Tower will hand you over as you progress back to the US
  • Close flight plan
  • Upon landing have these docs ready for customs: Passport, aircraft registration, your medical, DTOPS decal, and pilot’s license