U.S. Customs and Border Protection

With the opening of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection General Aviation Facility at the Lakeland Airport we wanted to provide some additional guidance for those intending to arrive at LAL from a foreign port. It is important that all operators familiarize themselves with 19 CFR §122 as well as all applicable CBP, FAA, FCC, and your destinations (foreign ports) requirements (pilot certificate, radio station license, life jackets, life rafts, etc…) for personnel, cargo, and aircraft entering / exiting the country.

Due to the various regulations concerning international arrivals we have broken each probable arrival into the following categories. The associated pages provide in detail the processes required for receiving landing rights at LAL.


General Aviation Southern Arrivals
Foreign Ports in the Western Hemisphere located South of 33 degrees north latitude or 30 degrees north latitude.

General Aviation Arrivals:
Foreign Ports in the Western Hemisphere located
North of 33 degrees north latitude or 30 degrees north latitude [Canada, Iceland, Greenland]  and the Eastern Hemisphere [Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Islands of Oceania].

Public Aircraft:
Aircraft owned or operated by the U.S. Government or any aircraft owned or operated by a foreign government which is not engaged in commercial activities. 

Scheduled Airline (Passenger and Cargo):
Any individual, partnership, corporation, or association engaged in air transportation under regular schedules to, over, away from, or within the U.S. and holding a Foreign Air Carrier Permit or a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, issued by the Department of Transportation pursuant to 14 CFR Parts 201 and 213. 

NOTE: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection General Aviation Facility at LAL is limited to processing 19 passengers or less, excluding crew members. In addition, cargo cannot be processed at this time without prior coordination with CBP. 

Obtaining Landing Rights

In general, depending on your point of origin and type of operation you will need to complete the following in order to obtain Landing Rights. Please visit the above associated pages for additional details on your operation.

Overflight Exemption (General Aviation Southern Arrivals)
CBP User Fee, Transponder, and Decal (Private Aircraft)
Aircraft Departure (from the U.S.) Requests (All Aircraft)
Flight Requirements (Dependent on Origin and Type of Operation)
Landing Rights Request (All Aircraft)
Arrival and Processing (All Aircraft)

Please contact the Lakeland CBP office for additional details regarding your planned flight. 

Contact Information

U.S. Customs and Border Protection 
3402 Airfield Dr. W. 
Lakeland, FL 33811

LAL Phone: 863-647-4871
LAL Phone: 863-647-4874
TPA Phone: 813-348-1713
TPA Phone: 1-800-XSECTOR (9732867)
Note: Request Tampa Supervisor

Port Code: 41881

Hours of Operation

Sunday 11:30am-8:00pm 
Monday 11:30am-8:00pm 
Tuesday Closed 
Wednesday   Closed 
Thursday 11:30am-8:00pm 
Friday 11:30am-8:00pm 
Saturday 11:30am-8:00pm 


After Hours User Fees

A $200 after hour user fee will be applied to aircraft arriving outside of normal operating hours. Fees will be collected by the FBO on behalf of the airport after clearing.